XP OEM licensing :changes to the hardware

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Oliver Walter, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. I've seen some discussion about whether an OEM licence for Windows
    XP allows the motherboard to be replaced; some people think yes,
    others no: the answer is not yet clear to me. Perhaps the licence is
    tied to a specific mobo only in the case of the "own brand"
    manufacturers who use a version of XP that expects a particular BIOS
    to be present.

    Have you actually done this successfully?
    (a) build a PC yourself from components
    (b) install Win XP OEM
    (c) replace the motherboard but keep all other components unchanged.
    (d) been able to use the same XP licence after replacing the mobo (&
    if so, was it done by the automated method or did you have to
    convince a real person that it was in fact the same PC?)

    I think quite a few home builders would be interested in this.

    My PC is home-built, with a mobo that can take AMD processors up to
    1.2 GHz. At present it has a 750 MHz Duron. I'm wondering, if I put
    XP OEM on it (in an initially empty partition separate from the one
    that at present has Win98se), will I be able to replace the mobo in
    a few months and keep the same XP licence? (one reason I'm reluctant
    to replace the mobo now is that the present one has an ISA slot and
    there's a SCSI card in that to drive an HP 5p scanner - I don't
    think current mobos have ISA slots).

    Oliver Walter, Feb 10, 2005
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  2. Nobody except MS has ever thought 'no'. You need to stick to sources
    that have half a clue if you found someone else who thinks 'no'. And
    even MS are in a tizzy about it.
    Nope. Although the CDs (if any) issued by the likes of Dell / HP may
    well have a limited set of drivers, only applicable to stuff they sell.
    Big OEMs do not usually ship real Windows XP OEM version.
    Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes, both.

    The real person could care less, as long as you don't say anything
    stupid like 'I'm putting it on a second PC' (and even then half the time
    they'll let you). However the automated system is much easier, and much
    more common, unless your mobo died within a few days (and never ever
    activate WinXP in the first two or three days, since that's when the
    mobo is most likely to die).
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Feb 10, 2005
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  3. Oliver Walter

    Gaz Guest

    Use a microsoft oem disk to reinstall your operating system, using the code
    on your coa on your case to install with.

    When you are no longer able to activate your product over the net, when you
    call up it is automatic.
    Dont let Microsoft screw you, they claim they are not selling you a physical
    product, but the rights to use a product. You have the right to use a single
    license of XP home, use it where you please.

    Gaz, Feb 10, 2005
  4. Oliver Walter

    Kevin R Guest

    most OEM's xp disks don't care what MB you have I am running a home builts
    on HP & HPQ branded COA with a Fujitsu install disk and a HP install disk
    and if it all goes tits up when you change the MB which it will,as I only
    changed a cpu and XP would not boot,so I reloaded from scratch then one
    quick phone call and Microsoft will sort it out (they did for me)
    pci scsi cards are only £5 on EBay
    Kevin R, Feb 10, 2005
  5. Oliver Walter

    Paul Guest

    Dell ones do. At least for Windows 2000, not sure about XP. There are
    ways around this. It envolves making a copy of the CD and replacing
    certain files.
    Paul, Feb 10, 2005
  6. Oliver Walter

    [ste parker] Guest


    (a) Yes

    (b) Yes

    (c) Yes (although I did actually change the memory, CPU, graphics card
    and network adapter at the same time, so a bit more wholesale)

    (d) Yes, I just had to call to get a new activation code via the
    automatic system. I didn't actually have to talk to anyone.

    This was actually the third time I have to call to reactivate since
    first installing an OEM XP on my home PC, I've never had any issues with it.
    [ste parker], Feb 10, 2005
  7. Thank you all for your replies - I'm happier now about the prospect
    of installing XP (home) OEM on my home- made PC.

    Oliver Walter, Feb 10, 2005
  8. Oliver Walter

    Don Spumey Guest

    AFIAK Micro$hite have 'created' an amnesty. Anyone with an "Illegal"
    copy can legitimize it by 'phoning & registering with them!

    Buggers up the XP key generators though :-((

    Don Spumey, Feb 21, 2005
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