sticker but is it mine ?

  alan2k1 19:38 24 Jul 2005

i bought an empty pc case from a car boot sale, no psu, motherboard or anything but it does have a microsoft xp pro licence sticker/number on it.

i have an xp pro disc already from my current install so can i legally use my disc with this case and number ?

if so what if the prvious owner simply rehoused his equipment in a new case and already has the number registered ?

  Totally-braindead 19:51 24 Jul 2005

I would suspect that since you only have the label and not the CD that it came with that it wouldn't be legal to use it, but wait and see as I may be wrong and someone may know better.

  DieSse 19:53 24 Jul 2005

legally ?


  woodchip 19:54 24 Jul 2005

Believe it or not but the sticker key is the license

  De Marcus™ 19:59 24 Jul 2005

If you already have an xp disk you should already have a licence too, pull the sticker off and bin it.

  antony-332406 20:01 24 Jul 2005

My understanding, is that if you buy a sticker with an item of hardwarem the license becomes yours...
thats what the sellers on Ebay say anyway!
at a push id say a case is hardware!

  alan2k1 20:02 24 Jul 2005

yes i have a sticker licence cd etc for my current computer what i am proposing is building a 2nd using ths licence number on the case i bought

  radi8or 20:02 24 Jul 2005


Is it an OEM sticker, if so it should only be used with the machine it was activated with

Regards Bob

  alan2k1 20:04 24 Jul 2005

no its not oem

  SANTOS7 20:10 24 Jul 2005

I undestood if it was on the case it is OEM and if it was genuine retail it would be on the packageing the O/S was supplied in..

  radi8or 20:13 24 Jul 2005


Then as Woodchip said it's the licence you could use it, as you have possesion of it, if the person who sold it to you claims it as theirs they would have to prove it wasn't included in the sale.

Possession is nine points of the law.

Morally not too sure

Regards Bob

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