building new pc with my old xp operating system

  steviekm 17:49 09 Nov 2009

different thread from earlier;
i'm going to build a new pc for a present and have recently changed my operating system from xp pro to vista home premium. can i install my (legal) copy of xp pro (full version,not oem or upgrade) onto the new machine?

  GaT7 17:50 09 Nov 2009

Yes, no problem as long as it'll be installed on only one system at any given time. G

  steviekm 18:01 09 Nov 2009

thanks; thats wot i thought, but i really don't fancy buying a new o/s when its allready costing so much!!

  bjh 18:16 09 Nov 2009

... so long as the Vista Home Premium was also a Full Product, not an upgrade of the XP Pro...

If it was, then theoretically, the old XP is no longer valid.

If both are Full versions, not OEM, then you're just fine with the old XP.

  steviekm 18:36 09 Nov 2009

thanks, vista was a clean install, not an upgrade; i had picked up a backdoor virus that i couldn't get rid of and i had been (kindly)given vista home premium (new)by my son some time ago but hadn't wanted to install it due to the bad press vista was getting! however i'm plesentlysurprised, now, with s/p 2, my p/c is running quicker than it did with xp pro!

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