If I destroy my XP partition, can I use the disc again?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by War900, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. War900 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2009
    I was planning on eliminating my current Boot Camp partition (XP SP3) and using the same XP install disc to put Windows on a different computer (also a Mac). I was just wondering if I will be able to do that, seeing as my particular XP disc is good for 1 install. I have created an XP partition then deleted it moments later to increase the partition space (all on the same install disc), so that is what leads me to believe that as long as I destroy the OS, I can use the disc again. The big problem here is that I DON'T KNOW and it's not something I'm willing to risk trying. If I could get a confirmation that would be fantastic.
  2. amd4me macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2006
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Windows uses a variety of parameters (CPU speed, etc) to determine whether it's been installed on multiple computers. Retail CDs won't kick up a fuss until they've "seen" I think five different computers. OEM CDs I believe are a bit stricter. Basically you'll need to try it and see. If it does fail, then you'll be able to call Microsoft toll free and get a code. I believe that they give you the benefit of the doubt if you call them.

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