Re: My old computer died



There is no such thing as a one-time transfer for Windows OSs. If the OS was preinstalled it may not be moved even once. If it is a retail copy it may be moved as many times as needed as long as it is not installed on more than one computer at a time.

Anytime Upgrade licenses were limited to one transfer until Vista SP1 released. Those licenses have been changed in SP1 to allow transfer with the upgraded Windows if the upgraded Windows is itself transferrable.

"Brian the King" <guest@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:6f57631a945fa9617a6aecc9d1e4882b@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

All you can do is try. It may let you transfer the key over to your new
computer but, Vista is kind of finicky about that sort of thing..

Supposedly you can move your license from one computer to another, one
time only. So, again, it should work, but you'll just have to try and
see what it says.

Edit:
Colin Barnhorst;758502 Wrote:
If your Vista came preinstalled on your old machine then you cannot use
the
product key any more. In particular it would not work with retail
copies of
Vista. Also, preinstalled Vista is not transferrable to another
computer
even if the old one dies. Preinstalled Vista and the computer are one
product.

If you purchased Vista at retail you may use it on your new computer.
Just
how you go about doing that depends on what you are running on the new
computer now and whether your retail copy of Vista is an upgrade
edition or
standard...

Good call Colin, this would all be useful to know :p


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Brian the King

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