Can I install Windows Vista on another computer after decommisioning the one on which it was install

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Anurag Mathur, May 5, 2008.

  1. Hi Gurus,

    I have an old computer on which I have installed my purchased copy of
    Windows Vista Ultimate edition. It has reached its end-of-life and I am
    about to decommission it.

    I want to purchase a customized desktop and install the same copy of Windows
    Vista Ultimate on it after removing it from the old machine (formatting old
    machine's hard drive). Can I install Windows Vista on another computer after
    decommissioning the one on which it was installed previously? Is this legal?
    Do I need to notify Microsoft about it? How can this be achieved? Do I need
    to re-activate the copy of Windows Vista?

    Anurag Mathur, May 5, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Yes, and yes.
    You will have to activate it again.
    Nonny, May 5, 2008
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  3. Since you state it's a retail copy, yes you can install it on a second PC
    after decommissioning the older one.

    You will have to activate it again (just like last time)... it may activate
    online, but if it doesn't, use the telephone option and explain that that
    old PC is no longer working. It will only take a few minutes and in most
    cases, is a toll free call.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), May 5, 2008
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    .Joe Guest


    This tutorial may assist you with reactivating Vista:

    Best wishes,


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    .Joe, May 5, 2008
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    Bonanza Guest

    I’ve decided to throw in the towel after spending far too man
    hours trying to debug Vista64 Home Premium issues on a brand ne
    machine. It’s a full retail copy – how do I decommission i
    in the unlikely event that I would want to install it on anothe
    Bonanza, Feb 16, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    You don't "decommission" it, you simply install it on a new machine when
    you're ready. When you go to activate, if the existing activation is still
    in the database, you will be prompted to phone in the new activation as it
    will show that the license is currently in use. When you make the call you
    need only tell them you are installing it on a different system and have
    removed it from the original one and you will be provided with a new
    activation code.
    Rick Rogers, Feb 16, 2009
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Just install the retail version of Vista that you have on another computer.
    You will have to do a phone activation, as you will get a "key already in

    Then install an Operating System on the computer in question, deleting the
    existing Vista partition, formatting, etc.

    Or use Boot and Nuke:
    Mick Murphy, Feb 16, 2009
  8. Just remove it from the old machine and then re-install it on the new
    machine. On activation you will be told that 'the product key is already in
    use' and that you cannot activate over the internet. Simply use the
    'telephone' option instead and it should activate. The telephone option is
    automated. If you have any problems just stay on the line after the
    automated sequence has finished and you will be put through to a 'real'
    person who will be able to help you activate.


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    John Barnett MVP, Feb 17, 2009
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