Win XP license

  [DELETED] 18:55 13 May 2006

I’ve built my own desktop PC, mainly by cannibalising parts from other machines. Can I install Win XP Home, which I received with my new laptop from ACER?
Does the license agreement allow for that?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:58 13 May 2006

In a word NO

One license per machine

If you do your system will be classed as non genuine and you may not beable to upgrade on either machine.

  woodchip 19:43 13 May 2006

If it's a full OEM CD that's as been on your new computer over three months yes it will work

  woodchip 19:44 13 May 2006

But leagaly should only be on one comp at any one time

  [DELETED] 19:49 13 May 2006

I think you will find that the Acer disc is tied in someway to the laptop and will not install on another machine.
As has been said though one machine, one copy of XP

  woodchip 19:50 13 May 2006

What have you to lose by trying it

  [DELETED] 00:04 14 May 2006

Microsoft can be really bloody minded over such matters I had a Pc die on me at work and took out the HD and built a new computer to house it in. Microsoft would not let me activate the OEM copy of windows I had on the HD on the new machine as it was an OEM copy. However if memory serves me correct you can install retail versions of microsoft products on 2 machines (home and work) providing they are not being both used at once. Unless anyone knows better?

  [DELETED] 09:44 17 May 2006

Your memory is wrong

click here

  Stuartli 10:19 17 May 2006

You are probably thinking of the Home Usage Programme (HUP) for Office XP. See:

click here

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