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From: Bruce Chambers on 11 Jun 2010 21:01
> Hi all,
> I have a windows XP home OEM disk ... but I have a laptop with a product key
> for 'XP Media Centre' ..
> Can I use this XP home OEM disk to install XP onto the Laptop?
Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of
CD/license (OEM, Volume, retail, or full) with which they are purchased.
For example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any retail
version of WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice versa.
An OEM Product Key will not work to install a retail product. An
Italian Product Key will not work with an English CD. Bottom line:
Product Keys and CD/license types cannot usually (it's been reported
that the Product Key for a full license will work with an Upgrade CD) be
mixed & matched.
You'll need to use the WinXP-MCE installation CD that came with the
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From: smlunatick on 14 Jun 2010 10:38
On Jun 11, 9:15 pm, "dadiOH" <dad...(a)invalid.com> wrote:
> 123Jim wrote:
> > "dadiOH" <dad...(a)invalid.com> wrote in message
> >> 123Jim wrote:
> >>> "dadiOH" <dad...(a)invalid.com> wrote in message
> >>>> 123Jim wrote:
> >>>>> "Billns" <bil...(a)nsverizon.net> wrote in message
> >>>>>> On 6/10/2010 1:16 PM, 123Jim wrote:
> >>>>>>> Hi all,
> >>>>>>> I have a windows XP home OEM disk ... but I have a laptop with a
> >>>>>>> product key
> >>>>>>> for 'XP Media Centre' ..
> >>>>>>> Can I use this XP home OEM disk to install XP onto the Laptop?
> >>>>>>> cheers
> >>>>>> Is the OEM disk for your laptop specifically? And does it have
> >>>>>> its own product key?
> >>>>>> If yes to both, it should work.
> >>>>>> Otherwise, you could try and see what happens.
> >>>>>> Is your laptop still working ok? If so, why do you want to
> >>>>>> install XP Home in place of XP Media Center?
> >>>>> The OEM disk has it's own key, but that key is being used on the
> >>>>> computer for which the CD was purchased ..
> >>>>> The laptop has an illegal copy of Vista installed (not by me),
> >>>>> but a valid key for 'XP media Centre' on the base.
> >>>> Since you don't mind MS illegalities, just use the OEM key on the
> >>>> other computer too. It will work fine as long as it isn't an OEM
> >>>> for a specific brand of machine (Dell, etc.)
> >>> Well .. I don't think that is quite correct . .. I don't get too
> >>> shocked or excited if someone has had unlicensed software installed
> >>> by someone else ..I would inform them of the situation .. Often they
> >>> don't even know .. or maybe they suspect something .. However, I am
> >>> certainly not in the business of installing unlicensed software in
> >>> anyone's computer . I don't need the hassle :)
> >> Who's going to hassle you? Not me. Besides, your OEM CD *is* legal
> >> and licensed, yes?
> > If I install an OEM single hardware licensed XP on two different
> > computers, I have the feeling that Microsoft update or the 'Microsoft
> > genuine bootleg detector' software will be able to identify the
> > second computer and make it display the 'not genuine' message, then
> > disable it..
> > Then I get the hassle from whoever's computer I installed it on. no?
> I thought it was your laptop. No matter, same answer...nope.
> On second thought, I really can't say re MS update as I never use it. I
> strongly doubt it though.
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What Microsoft has not told "most" people is that as soon as the XP is
connected to the Internet, it is using the MS Update system.