ginny in michigan wrote:
> I purchased Vista Home Premium, installed in on a Compaq laptop. The laptop
> did not have enough memory and Vista (while playing games) kept locking up.
Thewn you should have added more RAM or contacted the manufacturer for
assistance and warranty support.
> I reverted my laptop back to XP and thought I could put the Vista on my
> desktop. I get an error KEY is already in use.
Well, of course the license is in use: by you, on the Compaq laptop.
By your own description, you have an OEM license for WinXP that came
with the Compaq laptop. An OEM version must be sold with a piece of
hardware (normally a motherboard or hard drive, if not an entire PC) and
is _permanently_ bound to the first PC on which it's installed. An OEM
license, once installed, is not legally transferable to another computer
under _any_ circumstances.
> I only have it on one
> computer (desktop) and I don't know what to do.
If you want Vista on the desktop, go buy a legitimate license for it.
You cannot use the Compaq's OEM licwense on any other computers, ever.
> Since I don't have it on the
> laptop anymore why can't I put it on my desktop computer?
Because doing so would be a violation of the license and because you
promised, by agreeing to the terms of the EULA, not to ever try.
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