Boot Camp: XP - Bootable CD Licence Key

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  1. mrmeister macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I have an old Toshiba laptop running XP that is now unused because it is painfully slow. I just made a bootable CD of XP on the Toshiba so that I could install Windows XP on my Mac via Boot Camp.

    All was going well until I had to type in the licence key. There is a Microsoft sticker on the back of my Toshiba that has a licence key. I assumed this would work but it didn't. I also tried the key on the back of the Toshiba recovery disk, but that also didn't work.

    Any ideas on what to do?
    Thanks in advance
    mrmeister
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Those keys are OEM - they only work on the machine they are shipped with. To install in bootcamp or virtualization, you need a new key.
     
  3. mrmeister thread starter macrumors regular

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    so it can't be done at all via OEMs or recovery media? the only way to do it is to buy windows?
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    That's Microsoft's business/licensing model. Yes.

    Note that Vista and 7 can both be installed without a product key and used for up to 120 days that way. So you could, in principle, run it that way and re-install 3 times a year without paying a thing.

    I don't recommend it, but it is possible.

    B
     
  5. mrmeister thread starter macrumors regular

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