Hi all, been absent for a while I know, but have to ask this:
I have a spanking new HP Laptop which I bought just before christmas, and I do not really need it!! I now have someone who would like to buy it, but I'm worried that even if I re-install it back to it's original state, that the buyer will be in for a nasty surprise to find that the "Windows XP" installed on the machine has already been registered. Is this a problem? Or am I worrying needlessly?? See this thread esp rawprawn's comment-> click here
Hi, do you have the original XP CD? if so, I believe it is ok to sell the laptop complete with the Original CD - as long as the original XP remains on 'its' original pc. ie - one XP for only one computer.
As long as the XP on the laptop is using the serial number on the laptop there is no problem at all. The only time it would be a problem would be if you had used this serial number on another PC in which case it would refuse to validate. Putting the laptop back to what it was originally and selling it on is quite legal. If it wasn't how could anyone sell their second hand PCs?
If you use a restore disc to reset the the machine back to factory settings,this will ask to be registered during the setup. I have done it this week with a machine i rebuilt retaining the original harddrive and put the computer in another location registered to my son,all was fine. The only little hiccup was contacting Microsoft to confirm the licience key as the motherboard was upgraded during the rebuild and the original key would not be accepted.
I see no problem in what you wish to do,as long as the os is original to the machine.