From time to time I have used XP licenses from computers which are being decommissioned on other machines, It usually passes validation without any problems.
What are your thoughts is it wrong to use them on other machines? Some might call it stealing (Which it's not because I own the licence) but I call it recycling.
Answer by Josh_M · Oct 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM
If you bought the machines, they are your licenses and you can do whatever you want with them. As long as you aren't using the same key for 2 separate computers, I see no problem doing it.
Answer by Ross Walker · Oct 20, 2010 at 07:33 PM
@Josh_M I do. Once an OEM key has been installed on a motherboard, it cannot be moved/reinstalled/magicated onto another machine with a different motherboard.
Note: Microsoft won't stop you from doing it and it installs as normal even if it is a different machine (as long as the old one is removed and not connected to the internet it will register O.K). But it is not considered "Legal" by the Microsoft EULA.
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