ZP Home Edition

  Murray1 15:31 21 Aug 03
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I use Win 2000Pro which is over sophisticated for my simple needs. I was hoping to do a straight swap for XP home edition, but I undestand that once XP has been installed, it cannot be reinstalled on a different computer. Is this correct, and can it be overcome? Thanks

  Djohn 16:15 21 Aug 03

You are correct. Any of the operating systems from Microsoft are (1) O/S one PC. The "Office" suites can be installed to (2) PC,s. (1) Desktop and (1) Laptop if they both belong to you and are being used by you.

You can install your XP O/S to your PC, then if you decide to use it with another one, you will need to remove from the first one, then install to second PC. You are allowed to do this, and will have no problem with "Activation". If it does not activate automatically over the net, then a phone call to Microsoft will sort it for you.

The above applies to the retail version of O/S. OEM versions should stay with the PC, they were first bought for. If for any reason you have an OEM version and because of some sort of major failing of your PC that requires you to buy new, then once again, a call to Microsoft will usually receive a sympathetic hearing. j.

  xania 16:16 21 Aug 03

Yes - to install it on a second computer would breach your licence, which is why MS now insist that you register it. You can always try to persuade them that you have teaken it off the first PC, but don't hold your breath.

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