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Windows 7: XP Activation

28 Aug 2011   #1
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 
XP Activation

I was cleaning & found an unopened package that contains my XP Pro SP2b English 1pk DSP CD,
can I activate this on a new/clean HD?




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29 Aug 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If unused YES.
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29 Aug 2011   #3
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 

I don't believe it's in use, I've never opened it. Also, is activation different since it's OEM & not retail?
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29 Aug 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

THe base of Win XP is the same as Windows 7:
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
Activate Windows 7 Online
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29 Aug 2011   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

OEM and Retail disks are different creatures when it comes to XP. So OEM keys cant be used with a retail disk and vice versa. Otherwise, in either case, activation would need to be done online against MS servers.

Also, OEM isnt transferrable to a different mobo or machine while retail is.
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29 Aug 2011   #6
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 

Ok, I understand so far; but 1 more question.
Since support for XP SP2 ended July 13th, 2010; will there be a problem getting updated to SP3?
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29 Aug 2011   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No, XP should automatically get updated to sp3 via windows updates. You can also download the pack for future use manually.

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
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29 Aug 2011   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The only caveat you'd have is if you activated it on one computer, and then later decided to run XP on another computer. Your results may vary, but according to the EULA, you wouldn't be allowed to use this license again with another computer...only the one you activate it on initially.
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30 Aug 2011   #9
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 

Hmmm...
Microsoft does not buy back OEM software, "Sorry, Microsoft does not handle returns/exchanges of OEM Software.

Thank you,
Microsoft OEM Internet Business Support"

So, since I don't have a need for it myself (all my software works w/7 Pro 64Bit), do I open the package & install on a family's comfuser (which has went south very badly) or sell it on ebay?
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