I have a legal CD of Win XP and have been using its OS on my main PC for about two years. I have recently been given another PC which is quite powerful, but without a hard disc. My friend has removed it for security. I have a spare clean HD and would like to know if it is possible and legal to install my Win XP OS onto it?
...i.e. if you bought it with (installed on) a PC generally it will be OEM and is tied to that PC.
I believe (IIRC) that if you bought a full packaged off-the-shelf product as long as you don't have it installed on more than one PC you should be ok....worth checking though with Microsoft however section 13 of the below seems pretty clear to me:
Read the certificates of authenticity if its OEM then NO. If says Retail then you can install where ever you want as long as you only keep one copy on one machine. Your only liscenced to have it one computer.
Alternatively buy another license/copy of windows XP.
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