Windows XP and upgrading PC.

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Westside, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Westside
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    Westside Sogdiana

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    Apparently Windows XP when it's activated, it takes on the unique value of the Motherboard and sends it, so that when the XP is installed on a different computer, activation will fail. Does anyone see a problem here?... What if my old motherboard fries and I need a new one? So I need to pay about $100 to buy a new legit XP?
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  2. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

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    Just if you have an OEM copy I think. If you get another mobo, you have to call Microsoft.
     
  3. Jiggah

    Jiggah GBAtemp Maniac

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    Unless I'm mistaken, you can call up MS and have them activate the new computer with the new board.
     
  4. hanman

    hanman I'm a pretty lucky guy

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    this is correct. if you are adept enough at social engineering, you can talk them into reactivating several times. they used to limit it to 5 times, but after much bitching by pissed off computer enthusiasts, they relented.
     
  5. FAST6191

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    If it is legit (OEM machines are normally the exception and ironically usually the biggest pain to activate in a legit manner whenever someone wanted to do it) do you have a problem with bypassing the activation: they are not losing anything (and not even in the tenuous "I would not have paid for it anyway" manner).
     
  6. Gman 101

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    Thing is, you can always called up M$ and tell them your computer died or something and you need a new CD key. They'll always happily give you one.
     
  7. Jhongerkong

    Jhongerkong GBAtemp Fan

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    You could just dl a torrent
     
  8. superrob

    superrob H4X H4X H4X!

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    We are talking about microsoft here.
     
  9. Gman 101

    Gman 101 GBAtemp Fan

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    I know we're talking about Microsoft here. I've tried it before and it works. Or you could just go the cheap way and just get an activation crack.

    Note: M$ = Micro$oft for those who don't know...