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    A few years ago I bought an OEM version of Windows XP. I have splatted my pc a few times and now just built one from scratch. I thought it would be simple that the old hard disk is just going to be storage but have bought a SATA drive as my main, that I could put my XP on it but keep getting notes about not being able to activate it. Legally surely I can now switch it over as long as I don't run both of them together.

    Who do I need to contact or what do I need to do?

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    Strickly speaking, OEM licenses belong to one machine, supplied by the assembler. I don't know whether this refers to the case or the motherboard, but probably the "original" combination of hardware (ie motherboard, case, hard disk).

    However, Microsoft do have a number you can ring when activation fails, where you can get a new activation code. I've done it a few times for OEM Operating Systems, and it's fairly painless.

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    My old pc was shot so had no choice but to build new system, is there anything I should not say when asking for reactivation?

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    Just say the code you have doesn't work. You've changed some items, but not the essentials (motherboard and CPU) and it's not accepting your previous code.

    I had a laptop which would reinstall from the recovery disks, so had to use an OEM CD I had lying around. Code didn't work so just gave them a ring and they sorted me out with a new code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kungpo View Post
    Strickly speaking, OEM licenses belong to one machine,
    except iirc the European court ruled that section of the licence invalid here

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUFF View Post
    except iirc the European court ruled that section of the licence invalid here
    Ive been trying to find the case / a solid quote for this from a news site but have never come across one. Also asked Directhex who was saying the same. Im not doubting you guys for a second, but do you have a solid link to provide to people?
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