Posted 07-05-2004 at 16:43:28
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Did you 'register' the XP on that 'old' box...XP expires in 30 days unless it is registered, so if you did not register the CD you bought with MicroSoft, then it is still available to be loaded on your NEW box (computer)...
"So what is this registration thing?
All versions of Windows XP (and Microsoft Office XP) require registration with Microsoft. The registration program takes a snapshot of your computer's hardware settings and uses this during boot-up to make sure it is running on the same machine it was registered to.
Facts about Registration
If you choose not to register, Windows XP becomes unusable in 30 days.
If your hardware settings change you may be required to reregister (this prevents you from loading one copy of Windows XP on multiple machines).
If Windows XP expires you can reload it.
Commonly heard Complaints
Some people are paranoid about giving Microsoft personal information (which you don't have to do) and some people resent the fact that they can't use one copy of XP on 50 machines (Gee, I wonder what caused this whole registration process in the first place?)."
And this from MickySoft:
"Additionally, retail product CDs (for example, boxed product purchased from a retail outlet) can no longer be used for multiple installations. If you currently use CDs from a retail product kit for installations, these processes will affect your installation procedures. Volume License or Microsoft® MSDN® media acquired through Volume License are the only media available for multiple installations. These media will require the use of a Volume License or an Online Services Product Key that will be assigned to your company or institution"
Personally...I will not 'upgrade' to XP unless the Earth stops turning...
You can get Win98SE discs and serial numbers from eBay for a song...Load that on your NEW box, then go to MS and get the 'critical' updates...Win98 FLIES on new machines designed for the RAM-hog XP...
But that is just me and others have differernt ideas...