XP: OEM & COA's

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Lifer
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Is it true that you just need to buy another COA for an OEM copy to use it on another machine?
 

ShellGuy

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no you would have to purchase another liscence not a COA From what i can guess you might as well just purchase a OEM CD save the problems...

Will G.
 

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Originally posted by: ShellGuy
no you would have to purchase another liscence not a COA From what i can guess you might as well just purchase a OEM CD save the problems...

Will G.

It says it has both.
 

hopejr

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OEM licencing says that to get an OEM copy of a Microsoft os, one must also purchase at least one piece of essential hardware with it too, i.e. a hard drive, memory module, processor, mother board. Otherwise it's illegal.
 

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Originally posted by: hopejr
OEM licencing says that to get an OEM copy of a Microsoft os, one must also purchase at least one piece of essential hardware with it too, i.e. a hard drive, memory module, processor, mother board. Otherwise it's illegal.

I would be doing that too. I'm asking if you can legally buy an OEM license separate from the OEM CD and have it work on your existing OEM CD.
 

MrChad

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Originally posted by: amdfanboy
Originally posted by: hopejr
OEM licencing says that to get an OEM copy of a Microsoft os, one must also purchase at least one piece of essential hardware with it too, i.e. a hard drive, memory module, processor, mother board. Otherwise it's illegal.

I would be doing that too. I'm asking if you can legally buy an OEM license separate from the OEM CD and have it work on your existing OEM CD.

AFAIK, buying licenses separate from the media is really only done for bulk purchases. It wouldn't be any cheaper than buying an OEM CD anyway.
 

erikistired

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Originally posted by: amdfanboy
Originally posted by: hopejr
OEM licencing says that to get an OEM copy of a Microsoft os, one must also purchase at least one piece of essential hardware with it too, i.e. a hard drive, memory module, processor, mother board. Otherwise it's illegal.

I would be doing that too. I'm asking if you can legally buy an OEM license separate from the OEM CD and have it work on your existing OEM CD.

sure, a cd is just a cd. you can use any cd that matches your license. what wouldn't work is using a retail cd and an oem license (didn't work with older versions of windows, would assume the same is true now). coa = license so yeah, you'd need one for each machine you have.
 

ShellGuy

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There the hardware you refer to can be as simple as a screw with many companys.. if you think about it that screw is really needed alot of times...



Will G.
 

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Originally posted by: fisher
Originally posted by: amdfanboy
Originally posted by: hopejr
OEM licencing says that to get an OEM copy of a Microsoft os, one must also purchase at least one piece of essential hardware with it too, i.e. a hard drive, memory module, processor, mother board. Otherwise it's illegal.

I would be doing that too. I'm asking if you can legally buy an OEM license separate from the OEM CD and have it work on your existing OEM CD.

sure, a cd is just a cd. you can use any cd that matches your license. what wouldn't work is using a retail cd and an oem license (didn't work with older versions of windows, would assume the same is true now). coa = license so yeah, you'd need one for each machine you have.

retail keys work with retail cd's, OEM keys work with OEM cd's, volume licensing CD's work with volume license CD's (FCKGW anyone? :p). I've seen retail versions of Office accept Academic keys and limit their functionality, as well as using Standard keys on Premium/Pro versions which limits the prorgams able to install, but I don't know if this is the case with OS's as well.