If I bought myself an OEM copy of Windows XP Home for a new build and sometime in the future decided it was time to build new again, would I be able to obtain a new licence for that copy of Windows to use on that new build? Or would I have no option but to buy a new package with a new cd? Surely it would be better if I could buy a new licence,as the original cd can not be sold on to another user with it's old licence, so, if I could not buy a new licence, I would have to keep it alongside the new one, or dispose of it. Either way a waste.
Mr Mistoffelees; Check out Issue 126 (January 06) of PCA page 34. In the article written by Peter Thomas in which he says that the rules have changed for OEM's. The way I read it, you would have to buy a commerical copy of XP Home or depending how far into the future you go Windows Vista. Apparantly people were abusing the OEM system so Microsoft decided to change the rules. Hope this helps. J.B.
As I am given to understand it you do need to buy a full copy of XP according to Microsofts new rules ,however, a lot of the manufacturers are still supplying XP OEM and as long as it is installed on a new PC, not an upgraded one it will be ok. You can also read the FEs BLOG on the subject on this site.
Presumably the major part of the price charged for Windows is to fund the, ongoing, development of the OS.
I actually have a full version of Windows XP Home and my usual way is to do a biennial upgrade of my pc. Activation has not, so far, been a problem.
I asked the question as I have seen online, while browsing for the parts for my most recent system upgrade, that there is no shortage of OEM versions of Windows XP that appear to be available to anyhone who wants one, regardless of the legal position.