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I assume then that the refurbished machine come with a new copy of Windows XP?

If you had repaired the old computer you could have kept the old Windows license, even if it was an OEM license, as you are repairing the computer.

If you had just wanted to upgrade, as I'm sure you have gathered from all the posts here, you would technically have had to buy a new license. Yes you may be able to work round it and get it activated, but of course that is not the question you asked!

Glad to hear you are all sorted, sounds like you made the sensible choice and got yourself a nicer machine than you ever would have done by repairing your old one.