does anyone know if it is legal to reuse the XP home OS from a laptop that has been scrapped
It depends on the licence. If it was an OEM version then, no.
if it is a full version then yes as long as it is uninstalled from the previous pc and not being used. if it is an oem version then it is only allowed to be installed on one pc so that it lives and dies with that pc.
It is a full version and is uninstalled from laptop which is waiting recycling
As stated, OEM software is tied to the motherboard it is first installed on. Retail versions of Windows can be transferred to a new computer, OEM versions are not transferable.However, there are scenarios (if the mobo dies) when the above definition is not any as longer clear cut.click here
Thanks to you all, I can reuse the os and not annoy Microsoft and save a bit on the new pc thanks again to all especially probabilitydrive for the very useful link.
You'll need to ring Microsoft for a new activation key, though they'll give you one with no fuss.
Thanks Kate B I don't mind doing that
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