> Well, I had my laptop stolen yesterday and now I'm planning on using come old
> parts to build a backup PC meanwhile. Since the sticker for Windows XP Home
> originally installed in that laptop went away attached to it, is there a way
> I can recover that license since it's already registered in my name so I can
> use it in the PC I'm building? I have to say there's no chance I can remember
> the serial for Win nor I have a scan or pic of its sticker.
> Thanks in advance for your help
I'm afraid that you couldn't reuse that license, even if you did have
the Product Key written down somewhere. Two reasons:
1) OEM versions must be sold with a piece of non-peripheral
hardware (normally a motherboard or hard drive, if not an entire PC) and
are _permanently_ bound to the first PC on which they are installed. An
OEM license, once installed, is not legally transferable to another
computer under *any* circumstances. This is the main reason some people
avoid OEM versions; if the PC dies or is otherwise disposed of (even
stolen), you cannot re-use your OEM license on a new PC. The only
legitimate way to transfer the ownership of an OEM license is to
transfer ownership of the entire PC.
2) If the OEM DVD was designed by a specific manufacturer, such as
eMachines, Sony, Dell, Gateway, etc., it will most likely only install
on the same brand of PC, as an additional anti-piracy feature. Further,
such DVDs are severely customized to contain only the minimum of device
drivers, and a lot of extra nonsense, that the manufacturer feels
necessary for the specific model of PC for which the DVD was designed.
Just make sure you include the cost of a new operating system license
in your insurance claim.
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