Can I use an old HDD in a different computer?

Ibm Thinkcentre 8171 refurbished desktop...
January 11, 2011 at 09:45:54
Specs: Windows XP Home, Pentium 4 3.06 GHz, 256 MB
I have a hard drive from an older dell desktop that still has all of my files on it. I have an IBM ThinkCentre that has no hard drive. I tried to put the drive in the IBM, and it boots, but it tells me that I have to activate Windows (XP). Will Microsoft let me use this copy of Windows on a new computer with the same hard drive, or should I format the drive and get a copy of Windows 7?

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January 11, 2011 at 10:41:31
You can use the old drive as a storage device as is or you can format it and install a full copy of Windows on it. If you have files that you need to copy prior to formatting you can connect the drive to a compatible computer and copy them. You may need to take ownership of the files. Look at the link below to learn how to take ownership.

The license for Windows that came on the Dell can't be transferred to a different computer. It is a limited use license.

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January 11, 2011 at 10:43:57

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