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View Poll Results: Could you transfer your xp lisence from one pc to another
no M$ made me buy another licence 2 16.67%
what are you talking abou M$ dose not let you transfer your xp lisence from one pc to another 1 8.33%
yes but M$ was not helpful 5 41.67%
yes 4 33.33%
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:29 PM   #1
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transfering an xp lisence from one pc to another


What a place to ask a question like this!! M$ says you can transfer licence from one pc to another but on the internet it looks like there could be problems.
for those how tried, how did it go?
 
Old 03-13-2006, 05:51 PM   #2
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It was okay to do that, although there were restrictions on another machine because I got the license through Dell on an OEM. Those are apparently NOT transferable to another machine. But my brothers install was purchased and he transfered it to a new machine with no problems.

I have heard that sometimes you have to call Microsoft and get them to reset your key (same as if you reinstall like 5 times, they lock you out of updates assuming you're a pirate)...
 
Old 03-13-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
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I have heard that sometimes you have to call Microsoft and get them to reset your key (same as if you reinstall like 5 times, they lock you out of updates assuming you're a pirate)...
I'm probably wrong but I heard that every 180 days they reset your tally, either that or they give you an extra install chance. I can't remember which one.
By the way, I've had to call Microsoft before, two times. Big pain in the neck. They have EVERYTHING automated, the workers they decided not to fire they sent to India. So I called, the automated phone voice asked for my key, both times I called it couldn't understand my voice and had to send me to an actual person to talk to. I could tell the guy at the other end was south Asian, probably in India or the Philippines, the two hot spots these days for tech support outsourcing.

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Old 03-13-2006, 06:03 PM   #4
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That certainly would be nice if it's the case. My problem was that my cousin had tried to do the reinstall by herself serveral times before calling me. So she sort of used up however many tries and we had to call in... So you could be absolutely correct!
 
Old 03-14-2006, 01:17 PM   #5
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Need Another Poll Option

This poll needs another option.

[No, why do you think I'm running Linux.]

I tried to transfer a valid license {No, not an OEM one} from a dead machine to a new one, and was not permitted to do so - even after calling (I never did manage to get a real human being on the phone). Installed FC4 and have never looked back.
 
Old 03-14-2006, 07:31 PM   #6
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Two secrets:

1) You can hit numbers instead of using your voice on MS's automated system.
2) After your 8 chunk sequence of numbers fails to activate, you are transferred
to a human. Tell them this is the only machine it is installed on when they ask (which in this case is true). They will give you a new activation code which is a similarly convoluted number sequence.

-- Shade
 
Old 03-14-2006, 08:45 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Shade
Two secrets:

1) You can hit numbers instead of using your voice on MS's automated system.
2) After your 8 chunk sequence of numbers fails to activate, you are transferred
to a human. Tell them this is the only machine it is installed on when they ask (which in this case is true). They will give you a new activation code which is a similarly convoluted number sequence.
Yeah, I know, problem is after you do this around five times the operator tells you "no go buddy, you just blew 200 bucks on an operating system you can only install fifteen times!"
 
Old 03-14-2006, 08:50 PM   #8
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How many reasons are required to switch to an MS alternative (eg Linux)?
 
Old 03-14-2006, 10:10 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pljvaldez
It was okay to do that, although there were restrictions on another machine because I got the license through Dell on an OEM. Those are apparently NOT transferable to another machine. But my brothers install was purchased and he transfered it to a new machine with no problems.
Actually no matter what restriction the EULA may give you they CANNOT legally bar you from transferring the license of a software package sold on a commodity basis.
 
Old 03-15-2006, 10:29 AM   #10
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sounds like its hit or mis, now I hant to stay with Linux but I want to get M$ certified
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This poll needs another option.

[No, why do you think I'm running Linux.]
I agree hindsight is always 20/20
 
  


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