How many times can I use the XP Home CD, I ask because since I have installed XP, I have changed the hard drive , and put a new motherboard in (making 3 occasions in all). What happens when my limit (I assume there is one)runs out. Terry
If your hard drives and motherboard are the same model each time then there will be no problem in re-activating although you may have to do it by phone (normally quite painless)
If you have substantially changed things then phone activation will probably be required but, MS aren't ogres and do their best to help. If they consider what you have done is acceptable, your Windows will be activated. If they don't find it acceptable, they will help out and try to find the best way for you to proceed.
Thanks all for your rapid replies. I will update as necessary and hope that when the time times I will have no problems, as basicly what I done so far is to create a new machine, and will possibly change it again within a year or so. Terry
This depends on the Windows XP version you have bought
If it is an OEM version you may have a problem as the software dies with the machine
If it is a retail version, so long as it is installed on only one machine you can change the machine as often as you like
As noted above there may be occasions when you will need to phone Microsoft to explain what has happened, but there will not be a problem so long as you do not try to install on more than one computer at once
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