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Why can't i install my recently purchased (with a new computer) OEM version of Windows XP Home Edition onto multiple computers in my house, i think thats wrong that i paid out AUD$170 for my copy of XP and now i can only use it on one computer!!! c'mon Microsoft lets come back to reality here, im not buying a copy of XP for every computer i own!!...

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    Why can't i install my recently purchased (with a new
    computer) OEM version of Windows XP Home Edition onto
    multiple computers in my house, i think thats wrong that
    i paid out AUD$170 for my copy of XP and now i can only
    use it on one computer!!! c'mon Microsoft lets come back
    to reality here, im not buying a copy of XP for every
    computer i own!!
    Colin Hall Guest

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    Colin;
    The EULA you agreed to states only one computer.
    This is the way it has always been with all consumer Microsoft OSs.

    You don't have to buy it at all.
    Simply stay with what you have.

    Also, since you bought OEM, it will normally be bound to the first
    computer activated and can not be transferred to another computer
    regardless the condition of the first computer.

    --
    Jupiter Jones [MVP]
    An easier way to read newsgroup messages:
    [url]http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/newsgroups/setup.asp[/url]
    Please respond to newsgroup only for everyone's benefit.


    "Colin Hall" <cartman790hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:064601c342bc$d3dfcbd0$a101280aphx.gbl...
    > Why can't i install my recently purchased (with a new
    > computer) OEM version of Windows XP Home Edition onto
    > multiple computers in my house, i think thats wrong that
    > i paid out AUD$170 for my copy of XP and now i can only
    > use it on one computer!!! c'mon Microsoft lets come back
    > to reality here, im not buying a copy of XP for every
    > computer i own!!

    Jupiter Jones [MVP] Guest

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    Greetings --

    What planet are you from? Does your local grocer let you walk out
    of the market with two loaves of bread when you've paid for only one?
    Can you drive two cars home if you've paid for only one? Does your
    local clothier allow you to leave the shop with two shirts if you've
    purchased only one? Have you noticed a trend, yet? Where in the
    world did you ever get the absurd idea that software manufacturers
    would sell their products any differently?

    As it has *always* been with *all* Microsoft operating systems,
    it's necessary (to be in compliance with both the EULA and copyright
    laws, if not technically) to purchase one WinXP license for each
    computer on which it is installed. The only way in which WinXP
    licensing differs from that of earlier versions of Windows is that
    Microsoft has finally added a copy protection and anti-theft
    mechanism, Product Activation, to prevent (or at least make more
    difficult) the sort of multiple installations you're asking about.


    Bruce Chambers

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    "Colin Hall" <cartman790hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:064601c342bc$d3dfcbd0$a101280aphx.gbl...
    > Why can't i install my recently purchased (with a new
    > computer) OEM version of Windows XP Home Edition onto
    > multiple computers in my house, i think thats wrong that
    > i paid out AUD$170 for my copy of XP and now i can only
    > use it on one computer!!! c'mon Microsoft lets come back
    > to reality here, im not buying a copy of XP for every
    > computer i own!!

    Bruce Chambers Guest

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