Remove Windows and Install Elsewhere properly in Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by applekid, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. applekid macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking about uninstalling Windows XP on my MacBook Pro and install it on my storage friendly iMac. Any suggestions as to how to do this properly? I want to make sure I can regain the partitioned hard drive space, uninstall Windows, have no problem installing Windows on my iMac, and still keep my copy of Windows genuine and activated.
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Assuming it was a retail version of XP, and you installed it some time ago (~3 months+), you should have no trouble reactivating it on the new machine. If it was more recently you'll have to do the whole call-in thing, but it'll still be fine.

    If it wasn't a retail copy, e.g. OEM, you might have more "fun".

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  3. applekid thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Great... I guess I'm going to have fun...

    But, if it was retail, it's a matter of uninstalling, deleting the partition, and then moving to a new machine and just activate it as usual?
     
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Is the license transferrable to a whole new machine? I was under the impression that it allowed for updates, but...

    In any event, I can definitively answer the first part of your question: yes, you can reclaim the partitioned space without having to wipe your HD. Just run the Boot Camp Assistant in your Utilities folder again. It'll give you the option to non-destructively merge the Windows partition back into your Mac's startup volume.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Yup, that's one of the "perks" you get by paying more for a retail copy. Transfer rights that usually work, unless you reinstall "too often" according to Microsoft.

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