+ 0 Votes Technically NOT MidnightStorm 6 years ago Actually Microsoft licenses are that if you bought XP and have it installed on Machine A and then you go and by a Machine B and install on that one then its illegal. However if you are just replacing hardware in Machine A and then it is fine as you will just be reinstalling the OS. Its not deemed as "a new machine". + 0 Votes why no deactivation after new MOBO rtroy56 6 years ago The problem of needing to reactivate XP after changing a BIOS (and obviously changing a MOBO changes the BIOS) is ONLY for OEM PREACTIVATED XP. In these PC's XP has a link to the OEM BIOS that is broken when the bios and/or mobo is replaced. + 0 Votes Re: New OS With New Motherboard? Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632 6 years ago If you have replaced the motherboard then all you have to do is boot into "safe mode" and delete any software relating to your "old" motherboard and then reboot, load on your new motherboard drivers and if asked about re-activation of Microsoft just follow the on board questions. And No you do not have to buy another license. (Unless you are selling your computer with the Os.). + 0 Votes Not sure I like the previous 2 answers Langlier 6 years ago Is the motherboard the same as the previous or an upgrade? Was this a manufactured machine or custom built? What version of Windows XP is it (More looking for Upgrade, Retail, or OEM)? Most cases you can transfer the lic over to the new motherboard but certain OEM versions licensed to a manufacturer are nontransferable to non-replacement hardware. Hope that helps. + 0 Votes Rules are different for Retail and OEM versions RobPatten Updated - 6 years ago If you have a Retail copy of Windows XP then I *think* you can move this between computers, so long as it is only installed on any one computer at a time. Certainly it should be fine from a licensing point of view on the same machine no matter what parts are replaced. Of course, you may be prompted to re-activate, and in the case of a motherboard change sometimes you need to re-install Windows XP completely. If it is an OEM copy of Windows XP, which typically would be bundled with a new computer, or sold with specific items of computer hardware, the licensing is less flexible. The license cannot be transferred to another computer. Specifically relating to a motherboard replacement, there are two different scenarios. If you are changing the motherboard because the original one failed, Microsoft accept this is a repair and therefore a legitimate hardware change and your license is still valid (re-activation will be required of course). If however the motherboard change is because you are performing an upgrade, Microsoft take the view that you are deliberately changing the machine and consider the license non-transferrable to the new hardware. If the computer cannot be repaired an OEM license effectively dies with the machine. Being realistic, I cannot see how anybody could prove that you changed your motherboard out of choice rather than necessity. It would be your word against theirs, and I'm sure many people play the system a bit and 'bend' the rules. You could compare it to drinking four pints and then driving home. Just because you didn't wrap your car round a tree or kill anyone, and didn't see any police on the road, doesn't mean what you did was legal... but nobody found out and you got away with it. A bit of an extreme comparison I know but you get the idea! + 0 Votes Replacement Motherboard nidge700 6 years ago I recently had to replace my motherboard and the main problem with Windows OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) editions is that you have to reinstall it from scratch. I did read on the net that some official from Microsoft told a reporter that you have to buy another edition of Windows if your operating system is an OEM version. Well I'd already reinstalled my Windows Pro. from the original CD that came with my computer. It was accepted as genuine at Microsoft when I updated it direct from Microsoft Downloads. So that Microsoft bloke was talking a load of twoddle. + 0 Votes Windows XP license. Microsoft hungup on me. AMVX86 6 years ago Microsoft states that "Only one copy can be utilized between machines." I had called up, being the smarta!@$ that i am, and asked what if i buy 1 copy of microsoft windows XP / Vista and purchase two hard drives and install it on the single machine, just two times (as it being single license only) Their reply to this was to give me a dial tone. I think they need to refine how they word things. lol + 0 Votes No. As long as you have it installed on only ONE computer seacarl 6 years ago I've redone my system several times and even built a new compter. At least 3 times, when I installed XP, it wouldn't let me activate it. There is a toll-free number you can call. They will ask you if this is the only computer you have this copy of XP on. If you anser YES, they will give you a number to allow you to activate it. The magic word here is that you have it installed on only ONE computer. + 0 Votes Just did it - no problem djeske2 6 years ago I just had the motherboard on my Dell Inspiron 5160 replaced (overheating problem). Win/XP Pro SP2 restarted without any clue that anything had been done (i.e. did not even ask for re-activation), as expected, since CPU, Disk, etc. had not changed. + 0 Votes This will help nentech Updated - 6 years ago This is a link a document about Activation http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/1/6/21654b16-6c81-4d96-9390-5203cd43d07d/WPA_SP1_Market_Bulletin.doc This one is Q&A about software licences http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/e/3/4e3eace0-4c6d-4123-9d0c-c80436181742/OSLicQA.doc Hope this helps you Edited to remove all but the links Duh I should read them I was tired + 0 Votes It depends on how Windows XP was licensed. pjboyles 6 years ago If the system is an OEM (ie Dell, HP, etc) and you replaced it with a different motherboard, you will need to purchase a copy of Windows. These are licensed to the hardware and you must replace broken motherboards with a replacement of the same board. If this was a box copy you installed (full, oem, upgrade) and you replaced your motherboard on the system, you should be able to reactivate Windows XP from Microsoft. I usually do so over the Internet. Sometimes I had to call. Full copies can be moved to new machines.