Genuine Windows

I have a XPS 8300 pc and took out the HDD and placed into my custom built PC. Now i have a problem with my windows saying that its not genuine. I'm not sure why that is.

When i try to Activate windows with the product key it gives a couple of options , buy a new key, put a new one in, contact dell.

I tried using a different key from another windows 7 that i have and that didn't work ether.

Any ideas why windows wont activate even though it was activated before i pulled the hdd out?
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  1. you've got an oem version locked to a dell mobo.
  2. Yup and from MS point of view you have a violation of their licensing agreement going on. Dell buys a license with let's say 100 installs (OEM keys). Each one is for one system only. You are trying to use a single use key on a second system. Solution is to buy your own OEM copy. Also since you have a new system do a clean install if you can.
  3. Thanks.... i deceided to make a backup of the hdd so i can put it on a replaced hdd for my xps. I'll make a clean install with my other windows.

    However i don't understand why i cant just switch the window key and have it work?
  4. hmims said:
    Thanks.... i deceided to make a backup of the hdd so i can put it on a replaced hdd for my xps. I'll make a clean install with my other windows.

    However i don't understand why i cant just switch the window key and have it work?



    Hi :)

    Because its illegal....

    All the best Brett :)
  5. it more because the install is so tied to dell, with a good key you'd be 'safe' but putting a HDD onto another mobo is a very quick way to a seriously broken windows installation.
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