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By cliff1959 ·
i have recently bought a valid copy of xp pro and was wondering if i could install the same copy onto another computer on my mini home network and beable to get the windows update without the validation failing... please help

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by NZBN In reply to xp pro

XP Pro I beleive entitles you to one PC and one laptop having it installed from the same disk - ensure you do the PC first. - someone correct me if i have read the licence wrong.

Other than that one copy allows it to be on one PC and thats it

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by philldmc In reply to xp pro

I am not 100% sure but if I remember right the licensing has change a bit to where Windows XP is licensed to a machine (therefore the requirement to place the label on the exterior of the computer). I believe it is one XP license per machine. Corporate, Educational and Open Licenses are different.

Take note that the copy of XP Pro you have, if purchased retail, oem, or pre-installed would have required you to registered that version of Windows with Microsoft within 30 days of using it. There is a good chance if you try to install it on your laptop you may told that the version of Windows has already been registered and to call Microsoft for a new install code. Just a heads up.

Windows XP will also require you to update the registration if you have made too many hardware changes.

Good luck..

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by wlbowers In reply to xp pro

You can install it. But as soon as you try to authorize it, it will tell you the number of users has been exceeded.

Unless they have changed it you can get certain updates with out authorization.

Reguardless of what you can download it will time out in 30 days unless it is authorized.

And it is gonna bug the crap out of you to authorize.

Good Luck

Lee

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to xp pro

Technically no!

But if you have identical Hardware on two or more computers you can fool MS Activation and install the same copy of Windows on several computers just don't activate them all at once but spread the activation out over a few weeks.

If you do that it is Blatant ignoring and actually breaking MS's EULA which leaves you in the position of being prosecuted by MS if they feel like it and it is worth their while. If they are not interested in suing you they can always demand the return of the original CD and that you wipe it off all computers that it is installed upon as you don't actually own the Software you have only bought the right to use it on one computer and with XP Pro that computer can have 2 CPU's and still work. But you can not install it on two different CPU/M'Board combinations and remain legal.

Incidentally you don't need to ask the same question 3 times Tech Points are not that valuable.

Col

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