the deal with reinstalling Windows XP on new mobo

By chimchim765
Mar 24, 2004
  1. I'm going to get a new computer. I want to use my old hard drive and put my copy of Windows XP on that same hard drive. The problem is I heard if a person changes significant stuff like mobos and processors XP will not let that person register and shut down because Windows thinks I am trying to use the same operating system on two computers. Is there any way to get around this so called "copy" protection? Stupid Microsoft. :(
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    All you have to do is call them up, they'll gladly reactivate it.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    All you have to do is reactivate like Storm said. Nothing to hide... Nothing to worry about. :)
  4. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    i RMA'ed my old mobo and got another mobo. the person i talked to at microsoft did not make it hard on me. it was actually pretty easy explaining to her my situation.

    if it was not easy, that would have upset me. no one would call if he had an illegal copy of xp.
  5. chimchim765

    chimchim765 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks buddies.
  6. Charles Hammond

    Charles Hammond TS Rookie Posts: 59

    MS only holds the OS key information for 120 days.
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