reinstalling OEM XP Home on the same machine

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by shecky, May 25, 2007.

  1. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    <stupid question>

    i have a legally purchased OEM copy of XP Home, which i have installed under bootcamp and activated with microsoft. when i wipe my MBP to do my annual clean installation, i am also planning on doing the same with my bootcamp partition. can i reinstall my OEM copy of windows again via bootcamp on the same computer? in other words, my understanding is that the OEM software is locked to the hardware, but i can reinstall it on the same machine, right?

  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    You might have hassles reactivating Windows. I sure did when I attempted a Windows reinstall, and for all subsequent Windows reinstalls. Other than that, you shouldn't have any trouble.
  3. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    You shouldn't have any problems because it should recognise that it's the same hardware. If for some reason it doesn't like it, just ring Microsoft and they'll give you an activation code. :)

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