Upgrading to a New mac Question bout OEM

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macfan881, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. macfan881 macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    I might be upgradeing to the Mac mini in a few weeks and i currently have a copy of Windows Xp OEM and i was wondering from what ive been reading if i do a clean wipe of my older Mac should i be able to install that copy of windows onto the newer computer?
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If it's a full OEM version (not upgrade or "system restore" version that comes with a PC) and at least SP2, you shouldn't have any trouble installing. Microsoft might give you a little bit of grief if you try to activate it, but usually a phone call with an explanation does the trick.
  3. macfan881 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    ok thought so if worse case i downlodaded TinyXp and will use that if worse case scenario
  4. Markov macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    As Tomorrow has stated, a phone call will clear it up. Just make sure (assuming you get a human talking to you, not a machine) that you answer these two questions the correct way.

    *Is this the only computer you are installing this version of Windows and serial key on?
    - You say "yes, it is the only one" (no need to explain where it was before, it may complicate things)

    *Is this a legal version of Windows?
    - You say "yes, it is indeed legal" (Again, no need to explain where it came from)

    Works all the time. Good Luck! :)

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