Tim said:I have an old Packard Bell laptop which is completely dead, and
would like to know if I can legally use the key number that is
stuck on the bottom of the machine, to do a install on a new system
I have built? would there be any problems as I would only be using
this key on one computer, or is this key only valid on the original
computer? surely a copy of Windows XP isn't limited by the life of
the system it is installed on. Any help would be appreciated.
Did the system in question (the 'old Packard Bell') come with the Operating
System installed (sounds like it - from the "... key number that is stuck on
the bottom of the machine ..." comment.) If so - no - even if that machine
melted to slag and all that was left was the original installation CD and
the sticker with the key number on it (somehow) - the End-User License
Agreement states that license of Windows XP is non-transferrable. So by
means of the agreement - your answer is *no*.
A license of Windows XP isn't limited by the life of the machine it is
installed on *unless* it is an OEM license. This is the less expensive
version of the Windows XP license. There are reasons it is less expensive
(like it cannot be transferred - in accordance with the agreement - from
machine to machine, your support for the operating system comes from the
builder of the machine/installer of the OS, it can only be used to install a
fresh copy of Windows XP - not upgrade... etc..) - And you have hit on one
of the bigger ones.