Windows XP Registration

Windows XP Registration

Post by Hidong Ki » Thu, 14 Aug 2003 06:00:56


A few weeks ago, I bought Korean Windows XP and installed
it on my PC. I want to upgrade the hardware, so I ordered
a new PC with no operating system, thinking that I'll
install the Korean Windows XP that I have. Someone just
told me that I can't do this. After registering a copy of
Windows XP after installation, you can't install it again.
Is this true? I don't like this policy. Thanks,


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Post by EGMcCan » Thu, 14 Aug 2003 06:25:18

Are you *replacing* the system? Or do you plan on running both at the same
Is it a retail or OEM version?

If the other system is getting retired (won't be run,) or (say) you're
formatting and putting Linux on it (or Win98, for instance,) and you have
the retail version, you should be able to activate it on the other PC. Might
require talking to MS and explaining.

IF it's an OEM version of XP, it's tied to the original hardware.

IF it's going to be run on BOTH systems, you need a new license key for the
new system.

If you have to ask if your copy of XP is 32 or 64 bit, it's 32.
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Post by Will Denn » Thu, 14 Aug 2003 06:29:59


You would have to uninstall the copy of XP from your original PC, then install it on the new one and contact MS to tell what you have done - they may be able to help you 'transfer' that copy. Otherwise you need purchase another copy of XP for your new PC.

ATM, one PC is going to be minus an OS.


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Post by Ken Blak » Thu, 14 Aug 2003 07:05:50

Hidong Kim < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > typed:

If it's a retail copy, not an OEM one, you can install it on your
new computer if you remove it from the old one. In other words,
you can move it from one computer to another, but you can't
install a single copy on two computers. The rule is quite clear.
It's one copy (or one license) for each computer.

There's nothing new here. This is exactly the same rule that's
been in effect on *every* version of Windows. The only thing new
is that there's now an enforcement mechanism.

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Post by dGV6 » Wed, 21 Apr 2004 08:46:09

I have encountered an inordinate number of problems with my hardware in trying to obtain an internet connection which turned out to be a corrupt usb connection due to a faulty motherboard. As a cosequence I have reinstalled my OS so many times that MSoft advised that I had exceeded the threshold in order to deter piracy. I contacted MSoft and went through a painless process and all is well. However, I would like to reinstall the OS again because XP has partitioned my drive as FAT32X which by all accounts is not compatible with Partition Magic and Disk Image! Will Msoft allow me once again to re-register or do I have to purchase another OS disk. Please excuse any naivity.

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Post by Y29taWNmYW » Wed, 21 Apr 2004 09:01:01

all you can do is try. or contact microsoft again. if you explain the situation to them they might decide to let you. it's really too hard for someone to say. gl though.

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Post by octavius s » Wed, 21 Apr 2004 09:53:10


Can't you install Partition Magic and use it to repartition the disk on
the fly? I always have used PM to change partitions without problems.
Naturally, back everything up, just in case.

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Post by CS » Wed, 21 Apr 2004 11:00:15

On Mon, 19 Apr 2004 16:46:09 -0700, tez

Partition Magic and Drive Image are fully compatible with FAT-32,
FAT-16, and NTFS. However, if may be to your advantage to use NTFS on
the drive depending on its size.

As for activation, there is no limit on the number of times you may
activate. Even though it's a royal pain, you can call MS and receive
a new activation code.

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Post by Plat » Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:40:05

You only have to buy XP once per PC.


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Post by tosim » Mon, 23 May 2005 03:15:22

My laptop had windowsXP pre-installed. I have the product key sticker on the
bottom of the laptop. A vendor had to reinstall WindowsXP to enable my
laptop connect to our network. They could not find my original disk so they
used their own windowsxp as a temporary solution. What do I do now? Can I
avoid buying a new windowsxp? I suspect someone may have used my original
disk and registered it with my key.

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Post by Malk » Mon, 23 May 2005 03:31:04

What makes you think the tech didn't just use your Product Key that is
on the bottom of your laptop? What problem(s) are you having?

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Post by Bob Knowld » Mon, 23 May 2005 06:24:39

For starters, you might find out what product key was used to install XP:

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Post by tosim » Mon, 23 May 2005 06:46:21

The problem I have is that when I install windows updates, I am told that my
registration key does not match my Windows so I am unable to activate the

My last resort is to buy a new Windows XP - but this is like paying twice.

Thanks for your interest...Tony

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Post by T. Water » Mon, 23 May 2005 07:27:56

If someone used your original disk and key, the only thing valuable they got
was the key, as keys are unique. If you then activate using your key, even
if the person did in fact use your key, you effectively "take back" your key
from them. Do you think your original disk is lost or stolen? Call your
laptop manufacturer for replacement media. You definitely want to get
Critical Updates.

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Post by Frank Saun » Mon, 23 May 2005 11:53:25

There is no such thing as registration key.
There IS an activation key.
You do not have to register WinXP.
You DO have to activate it (unless it's a new computer that cam

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