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  • I purchased a Vista upgrade towards my win xp pro for my HP desktop last year. I installed and uninstalled various times after trying to get system performance to agree. I resulted in keeping the PC as xp due to the performance issue. I am now in the process of buying a new high performing desktop PC with win Vista home. Can I upgrade the operating system legally with no issue of license agreement with Microsoft? Can you install the OS on a new PC when  not in use towards the original purchase?

    Sunday, May 4, 2008 4:45 PM

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  • J

     

    The only issue with activation is when the particular product key was used to last activate a system. Usually, if it has been more than 120 days since the last activation, the online, automatic activation will will succeed. Even if it does not succeed, you can simply use the toll free telephone option to activate. Takes about 5 minutes.

     

    The activation representatives will never question your intentions, if there is a question they may just ask if the product key is being used on any other system.

     


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    Ronnie Vernon
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    Windows Desktop Experience

    Wednesday, May 7, 2008 9:48 PM
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  • John

     

    Legally, there should be no problem upgrading the new PC, that has Home Basic pre-installed, using that retail upgrade disk as long as the upgrade disk is a higher version. (Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate)

     

    A couple of other issues that you need to be aware of.

     

    If the pre-installed Home Basic on the new computer has Service Pack 1 installed and the retail disk that you purchased last year is not Vista Service Pack 1, then you will not be able to upgrade using that disk. This is because the pre-installed Vista will be seen as a later version.

     

    The other issue might be with the manufacturer of the new computer. They may not honor the warranty if a problem develops with the OS or the hardware.

     


     

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    Ronnie Vernon
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    Monday, May 5, 2008 12:13 AM
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  • So, when I activate, I will not get an error on activation, need to call Microsoft and they ask how many machines it is on? In other words, as long as I uninstall and it is not running simultaneously on two machines, I can activate the copy on a new machine although activated several times on the previous machine?

     

    Thanks by the way.

     

    J

     

    Wednesday, May 7, 2008 9:33 PM
  • J

     

    The only issue with activation is when the particular product key was used to last activate a system. Usually, if it has been more than 120 days since the last activation, the online, automatic activation will will succeed. Even if it does not succeed, you can simply use the toll free telephone option to activate. Takes about 5 minutes.

     

    The activation representatives will never question your intentions, if there is a question they may just ask if the product key is being used on any other system.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message
    so that other members can benefit from the discussion.


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Wednesday, May 7, 2008 9:48 PM
    Moderator