Old XP disk okay to use?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dead head, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. dead head macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    I am SO stupid about this

    Can I use the same XP installation disk that came with my PC or do I have to buy XP new?
  2. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Legally, you're supposed to buy a new disk (I'm assuming this is a disk from something like a Dell, HP, IBM, ect). These are OEM licenses, meaning the license is tied to that computer (more specifically, the motherboard). You cannot transfer the license.

    Now, if you bought XP from a store (a retail copy), then you can transfer the license.

    I am just telling you what you're legally supposed to do. If you want to bypass anything, that you're perogative.
  3. crm114 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    As long as the XP disk is SP2 you should be fine, technically speaking. Orignal or SP1 disks will not work.
  4. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    If you have the original FULL retail or SP1 full retail, you can do something called Slipstreaming. Google it and it should tell you what to do. From what I'm aware, this is legal and is actually how some IT people do it. It basically adds SP2 to your disc.
  5. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    If his PC came with Windows and he wants to use it on his Mac, then he'll have to re-buy Windows since that copy is OEM and tied to that PC.
  6. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Actually all that has to be done is remove the original installation and the OP is free to reinstall it on any hardware they own. It's a one machine at a time license, and since they own the original hardware it came with, they're in the clear legally, morally, and technically. As a former MS reseller and OEM, I can tell you this is the way it's always been.

    BTW, OEM Windows is identical to Retail, it's not "tied" technically to hardware in any way, period. It's just licensing.
  7. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    You are very, very, very wrong and MS disagrees with you as well.


    Read number 4.

    Transfering is only allowed with retail keys.

    In fact, here is a copy of the clause from the OEM version of XP:

    What this means is that you may not transfer XP OEM to another computer and you may only install it on new hardware. If you decide to sell the computer, the software goes along with it and you must not keep any copies of the software with you and the buyer may use the software if they agree to the terms of the EULA.

    In contrast, here is the EULA of the XP retail.

    That's pretty clear. You can transfer the software as long as you remove it from the previous computer (IE, only one computer may use the license at a time). You can also make a one time transfer of the software as long as you uninstall it and don't keep of the software.

    So, I have a MS employee saying that you can't transfer XP OEM, I have the EULA that you agree to that says you can't transfer. What more do you need?
  8. cohibadad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    seems pretty clear. OEM tied to hardware is not transferrable. Learn something new everyday.
  9. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    Um... no, that is incorrect. Perhaps you were a former reseller before Microsoft released XP/Vista activation/validation/"genuine Windows"? Activation ties the OEM license to the PC (characteristics of the motherboard), and if/when you try to reinstall on a new PC, it won't activate, it will say your copy of Windows is not genuine, and then kindly offer to sell you a new license over the Internet.

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