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  Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please) 
 
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Steve S Jan 29, 2004, 03:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I know this topics been discussed a few times, but I'd like to know the truth, from someone who's actually done this!

I've built a new PC and need to load the OS.

I have a legit copy of Windows XP Home OEM which came with my other PC purchased last year. What I'd like to do is save some of my hard earned by installing the same XP on my new creation.

I understand that this means I would have to call M$$$ to activate on the new PC. If I do this, is the OS still going to run OK on my old PC?
I've heard conflicting reports that once you re-activate XP it will stop working with the previous hardware set-up...? Is this the case?

Failing this, I have a choice of Win 98 or Win 2000...which would be my best bet?

Cheers

Steve



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Rory Witham Jan 29, 2004, 09:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
No the OLD PC's updates online would be effected. which may stop or fault the PC, win98 SE is fine, but its personal preference.,

why not buy a XP licence,. some one proberly bought a xp machine and has a licence number on it and its not used, just ask for the number, and it to be sent in the post ot you.


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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
keep an eye on componentsdirect.com as they often have xp coa stickers (real ones) for around $50. I think they are sold oput at the moment though.

jmerc Jan 29, 2004, 10:03am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 29, 2004, 10:04am EST

 
>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
Unfortunately, I tried and here's the message I got from componentsdirect.com

This Domain is Temporarily Unavailable.

There is nothing wrong with your connection.

This Domain has been disabled by the systems administrator.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you are the owner of this site, you must contact your webhost immediately.



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1 Jan 29, 2004, 08:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
dang your right....I bought like 5 stickers from them. well, later on last night I was reading through some forums and saw someone that placed an add in the paper to buy xp coa and broken cd's. He said he got 2 for $15 and then called microsoft to get a new cd and they charged him $3.59. I forgot about this post though....funny.
Just did a search at pricewatch.com though for "xp coa" and came up with this one
http://www.9software.com/
On pricewatch they sell it for $52 so you save alot by clicking buy from within pricewatch. Or i suppose you could just call them and tell them you saw it on pricewatch.

ROY G Jan 29, 2004, 08:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
Put it on and use the same code.

ROY G Jan 29, 2004, 08:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
Better yet do a ghost and clone the hdd to the new one ,easy to do COST $ 000000000

Drizzit Jan 29, 2004, 10:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
Better yet bypass Activation all together!!

How to Disable WinXP Product Activation

- On the first boot after install is complete, boot into SAFE MODE (thats the F8 key) and open regedit.exe

- Locate this following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion
(and Highlight the CurrentVersion folder)

- Change the "RegDone" key value from 0 to 1

- Then find this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon
(and Highlight the WinLogon folder)

- Change "Activation Required" key value from 1 to 0

- Close regedit and do the following: Go to Start>Run, type in: regsvr32.exe -u regwizc.dll

Always make a backup of your edits when using the regedit.exe!

Why should i pay for a new key just because i built a new system....Where there is a will there will always be a Way!

1 Jan 30, 2004, 09:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Home OEM - Activation (the FACTS please)
just get a real copy....I have tried troubleshooting machines that had cracked xp installs and good luck. You wont be able to update and if you do then your os will slowly and sometime quickly desintigrate. Imagine a boot sector virus coming in and changing your cpu voltage. It happens all the time:-(. Then when you go to change it back all you can see are pi and other mathimatical symbols instead of the standard numerals.


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