How to run my Windows XP on both of my pcs

August 11, 2011 at 12:09:07
Specs: Windows XP
I have a desktop that is running with Windows XP. Fixed up my laptop which crashed while running Vista. I'd now like to put my Windows XP on the laptop as well and have both systems running at the same time. Not sure if that is something that I can do, seeing as both computers are mine and I am not trying to distribute windows outside my home for free. Repeat, NOT what I'm trying to do. Any options anyone has will be much appreciated.

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August 11, 2011 at 12:19:20
It doesn't matter that they both belong to you, you need a separate license for each computer.
Contact Microsoft, they might sell you a license for the other computer so at least you could use the same disc providing this isn't a proprietary disc like the ones that come with HP, Dell, etc..

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August 11, 2011 at 12:20:22
One product key per computer. You can use the XP disc, but not the same key. And seeing as how your laptop shipped with Vista, it may have a SATA HDD, which means you're going to have to jump thru several hoops just to get XP installed. Then you will hope that there are XP compatible drivers available for your devices.

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August 11, 2011 at 12:55:27
It really depends on the way you bought the original XP. I'd suspect that the xp came as part of an OEM install. It is not easy to move them and usually against the eula.

The second part if the laptop. A vista laptop is more unlikely to be a good choice to install xp. Too many drivers may be needed.

Best solution is to return the laptop back to OEM state using disks or partitions. If you have enough ram you may be able to then run a virtual machine to then run xp.

It may be legal to then take your PC and make it into a virtual machine with a P2V application. With that one image you could move it back and forth if you then put some linux with the same virtual machine on it.

You can have only one copy installed at one time is the normal rule. Some tech's can have a test copy in some countries and you may be able to preserve the original disks in a copy.

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August 11, 2011 at 20:47:16
If you have a "full" XP install CD (not branded or OEM) and it's been more than 90 days since that copy of XP has been activated, you can install with it and activate it without problems.

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