OEM CDROMS -- How many times can you install them?

  JapanMan 08:01 21 Sep 2008

Hi everyone,

I want to buy an OEM CDROM of WinXP and use it for my MacBook and also to do a clean install with an old PC out of the arc.

Can I use the same disc for both jobs or will it give me issues? Do I need two discs?


  Diemmess 09:09 21 Sep 2008

An OEM licence once activated is linked to the first computer on which it is used.

It can be reactivated after a serious OS crash or even HD replacement, though this will involve a phone call to MS.

To attempt to spread the same CD around more than one computer at the same time, is unlikely to succeed and is illegal anyway.

  Pineman100 13:30 21 Sep 2008

Quite apart from the copyright issues raised by Diemmess, have you considered whether your old 'out of the ark' computer will be able to run XP? It may not have sufficient power.

  JapanMan 14:46 21 Sep 2008

Thanks a lot for your responses.

  Ray5776 15:01 21 Sep 2008

Disregarding the legalities you can run XP on more than one machine if you use HDD cloning.
Both will work and in my case update with no problems on two PC`s.
As Pineman says of course the machine has to be able to support XP in the first place.
Worth trying anyway, can`t lose anything can you.

  woodchip 22:31 21 Sep 2008

It will not work like that as Hardware is different, and Drivers

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Hands-on

The art of 'British' pulp fiction

Best password managers for Mac

TV & streaming : comment regarder le Tournoi des Six Nations 2018 ?