Solved XP license key under Windows 7

June 11, 2014 at 01:53:52
Specs: Windows XP SP3, AMD Athlon 2000/1GB
After twelve years, I am definitely shutting down one of my computers running Windows XP. During its life span I formatted and reinstalled just one time. I have the original OEM CD with the associated license key I used to perform the above stated setups.

Now, can I reuse this key to install XP inside a virtual machine under Windows 7, assumed the involved hardware is totally different from the previous one?

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June 11, 2014 at 03:08:06
This will be a different computer, so you can't reuse the OEM XP on it.

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June 11, 2014 at 06:06:32
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What ijack said. If you have Win7 Pro, you get a free XP Pro license for use in MS' Virtual PC. Outside of that, you'd have to have one of the licenses that was transferable. For consumers, you're looking at a retail version.

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June 11, 2014 at 08:05:37
Depending on what type of OEM license you have you may be able to use it again even though it is not technically allowed.

MS over the years has ignored those rules. When this started becoming an issue for gamers that upgraded everything twice a year MS backed off and allowed registration of OEM full versions when used on multiple platforms.

I suggest you try it and see what happens. As stated above, Windows 7 pro & Ultimate did allow you to download a special copy of WinXP and run it in virtual mode. I am wondering if that would still be available now that MS no longer supports XP. Again, you could try it.

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June 11, 2014 at 09:18:18
I marked Razor2.3 as Best Answer, but I do want to thank you all, ijack and OtheHill.

I was sure someone can give me the right hints without spending hours googling. However the information technology again proves itself to be an experimental science with little root on formal background (well, i know here we are talking about a legal question with almost no reference to logic).

For sake of info my OEM CD was part of a bunch of components I ordered to build by myself the PC and the operating system was XP Home. At that time I wanted to prove to myself I was still able to do what any teenager was able to assemble. Thanks again, I will try when the day comes.

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