Using same serial number for installtion on new machine

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A friend recently bought a new laptop but it came with Vista in Spanish, he did not like Vista and cannot speak Spanish. We have gone through the process of reformatting the hard drive and installing XP Home using the XP serial number from his old laptop (now defunkt.) The process has been almost totally successful, albeit with numerous additional drivers from the laptop manufacturer website. The only problem now is that he needs to upgrade Windows Media player to 11, as he watches uk tv via his laptop, but when trying to download, the Microsoft "you are possibly a victim of software fraud" error screen comes up and stops the download, asking him to submit payment for his copy of XP. Surely if he owns it he can put it on a new machine as long as the old one is no longer in service? Does anyone know if moving the os like this causes registration problems and is it allowed. Thanks in advance Denise
ASKED: April 9, 2008  2:05 PM
UPDATED: April 10, 2008  6:57 PM

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It is usually a simple process to correct through windows activation. Check <a href=”http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929″>here</a> for information. Did you use a retail XP home CD with an OEM key? That could be what has set off the alerts.

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  • Dwiebesick
    You stated “Surely if he owns it he can put it on a new machine as long as the old one is no longer in service?” The answer is he never owned the XP to begin with; he only had a license to use it. So the answer is no. You are incorrect in you assumption that he can use the XP that came preinstalled on his old notebook. It is not transferable. Microsoft is very clear on this subject. If you have a retail version of XP, then you can install it on another computer as long as the computer it was previously installed on is removed from service. For a previously activated retail version of XP, the chances are very high that you will have to call Microsoft for a new activation code. In you current situation, if you call Microsoft for activation, the changes are very high that the code the computer generates will alert them that it is not installed on the original vendors hardware. In other words, if it was an IBM and the current notebook is a Toshiba, the code generated would not correspond to codes generated by a true IBM.
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