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 Post subject: OEM disc
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:05 pm 
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I have a friend who has Win XP home but he has no Win XP disc.

For my old PC, I have a Windows XP Home OEM disc and a 25 character license number.

Can my disc, with his 25 character license number, be used on his PC in the event of
a major component is replaced, a repair or even a clean reinstall?


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 Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:31 pm 
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Not without violating the terms of the license agreement.

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 Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Since you are using *his* license key, it may be okay. However, the OEM disc that you have may refuse to function on his computer despite the license key if it is a different brand of computer. The best solution is to obtain a disc from the manufacturer of his computer to replace the missing disc. That path removes all potential license and technical concerns.
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Sorry... I missed that you were using his key. It is going to be a question as to whether the disk will allow that or not. It might. You really won't know until you try it.

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