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Old 10-02-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Windows xp and multiple computers.

I just got a new computer and was wondering can i install windows xp from the same disc that i installed it on my other computer. When i try to install it on the new computer it says that the disc in not a valid windows disc. The new computer doesnt have an OS on it yet so it isnt doing me any good till i get this figured out. Please help.
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Normally OS's that come with a system are not transferable meaning you can only run it on the PC you bought it with. Dell is infamous for that. I know my old Gateway XP disc works in anything but that was several years ago. I'm unsure when they starting doing it so you couldn't get it on another system.
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:57 PM   #3
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The origional computer is an old hp pavilion. I bought Windows xp disc separete so no it didnt come with the computer. Any idea why it is only reconized on the computer it was installed on?
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Are you sure your entering the code right? It will install you may have to do a phone in activation but it should install no problem if its a Oem disc.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:02 PM   #5
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Default Re: Windows xp and multiple computers.

I cant even get that far. When i try to install it it starts then it quits saying the disc is unreadable or is not a windows disc. Since the computer is new is there anything i might have to do before i can install the OS?
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Default Re: Windows xp and multiple computers.

you only need to set the bios to boot from the cd then it should load up and work
could be several things, a bad cd, a bad drive, etc.
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Default Re: Windows xp and multiple computers.

Legally you cannot use the same disc and keycode. Illegally you can

Anyways, either the disc is damaged or your optical drive is damaged.
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Default Re: Windows xp and multiple computers.

but you can use any cd any any compatible key to install it. to activate it is a different matter
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Default Re: Windows xp and multiple computers.

It could also be a corrupt harddrive. I had a drive go on me and thought something was wrong so I tried to reformat. Everytime in the reformat it would just lock up in the middle of the install and say it couldn't read a certain file then it would reboot.
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Default Re: Windows xp and multiple computers.

Gateway XP discs work on any computer, That's what I did to install my OS.

Could be a bad disc
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