New WinXP CD - dead MOBO so get new PC. How to activate/Validate???


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keith

If I buy a new standalone version of WinXP that DOES NOT come with a
PC (i.e. it is not an OEM version) - and either my motherboard dies,
or I get rid of an old machine, house is flooded and PC is ruined,
etc.

Then what could I do?? I would buy or build a new one that has no OS
on it because I would want to use the expensive software I just
bought. But . . . can I then install WinXP, Activate it - and
also be able to Validate it when I need to download software from
Microsoft? Of course, right? Hmmm - I think not, incredibly.

Yet it if that is the case it is completely unfair. Imagine if I
bought a new copy of XP, then avtivated it but a 3 months later my
home was flooded or my system died. I would then have a useless piece
of pricey software. I would have to buy a NEW copy of XP just 3
months after I bought it ??? I paid for the software but cannot use
it because Microsoft would block me from doing so.

Is there no way around this?
 
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Dave Patrick

This link may help.

How and When to Contact Microsoft Customer Service
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];295539

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Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

<keith> wrote:
| If I buy a new standalone version of WinXP that DOES NOT come with a
| PC (i.e. it is not an OEM version) - and either my motherboard dies,
| or I get rid of an old machine, house is flooded and PC is ruined,
| etc.
|
| Then what could I do?? I would buy or build a new one that has no OS
| on it because I would want to use the expensive software I just
| bought. But . . . can I then install WinXP, Activate it - and
| also be able to Validate it when I need to download software from
| Microsoft? Of course, right? Hmmm - I think not, incredibly.
|
| Yet it if that is the case it is completely unfair. Imagine if I
| bought a new copy of XP, then avtivated it but a 3 months later my
| home was flooded or my system died. I would then have a useless piece
| of pricey software. I would have to buy a NEW copy of XP just 3
| months after I bought it ??? I paid for the software but cannot use
| it because Microsoft would block me from doing so.
|
| Is there no way around this?
 

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