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Is it possible and legal to install my XP Pro editon on two different computers?
Unless you have brought a corperate license then no
Go to click here then to "XPFixes" then to "Change registered ownership and organisation" this procedure may help you with your problem
This may help
75. Want to move a Windows XP Installation to Different Hardware. How to do that ?
In most of the scenarios (legal !), You would be doing one of the following acts:
A. Migrate a working Windows XP operating system and your installed programs to a different or more powerful computer in minimal downtime.
B. Replace a small system/boot disk drive with a larger system/boot disk drive.
C. Restore a Windows backup from a malfunctioning computer to a different computer for disaster recovery purposes
Windows Backup (Ntbackup.exe) can handle differences in hardware configuration information between computers and maintain critical registry entries that are unique to the computer to which You are migrating information. This capability means that You can migrate to new hardware by performing a full backup of the source computer and Then restoring the backup over a fresh installation of Windows XP on the destination computer.
Ntbackup.exe handles restore operations in the registry by first querying the following registry key:
This registry key indicates to Ntbackup.exe that certain registry keys under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM key should not be overwritten when files are restored.
An entry that ends with a backslash (\) indicates that a key is protected and that any keys or values under that key should not be restored. If the entry ends with a backslash and an asterisk (\*), all subkeys are "merged." In this situation, "merged" means comparing the start values of the keys in the backup set with the start values that exist in the current registry, to determine the correct key to restore.
If the value of the key on the backup set has a lower start value, the backup key takes precedence. If the value of the key in the current registry has a lower start value, the current key takes precedence. This process ensures that all services and devices start correctly after a "system state" restoration, even on dissimilar hardware.
Complete details on this are available at Microsoft site at How to Move a Windows XP Installation to Different Hardware (Q314070)
i understood that you could as long as one was a desktop and the other was a laptop.
maybe i'm wrong .
I think the desktop/laptop bit was Office. As far as I know with windows one liscence one computer
As sdf says, that rule is for Office. XP is very clear. One disc, one machine. You can transfer the licence, but only if you remove it from the original machine. I did it with a simple call to Microsoft. It's very likely that a second installation would fail to activate.
Yes' Office two PC's. O/S one PC except for the new office, that will activate on three PC's. Activation of XP as an operating system will work on more than one PC but only after a period of time! Microsoft is fully aware of this and seem to accept the fact. j.
Thank you all for your help,Dazgwinn
Hi, Following the above, I attempted to load my copy of XP home (I have had it since XP shipped) onto another computer. Installation went normally and I got the return message from microsoft that 'Activation was accepted'. I am now going to load all the updates. (Good job I am on 600k broadband). Cheers, Bill
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