How to recover license from stolen PC

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Alejandro, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Alejandro

    Alejandro Guest

    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
    Alejandro, Sep 30, 2007
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  2. Alejandro

    Rick Rogers Guest


    No, when you activate a computer, the product key used to install it is not
    recorded, a hardware hash is. When you register it, you are just recording a
    purchase so as to validate any warranty work. Besides, as was pointed out
    your license for use on the laptop is not transferable to other hardware
    anyways. You'll need to purchase a new one.
    Rick Rogers, Sep 30, 2007
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  3. 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.


    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, Sep 30, 2007
  4. The operating system is gone with the computer. You will have to buy a new
    copy to install on another computer.

    BTW: Many software companies are now tying their programs to the first
    computer it is installed on. I have seen this with some ant malware programs
    such as SpySweeper. Install it on one computer. Then try to install it on
    another computer and it will not be activated.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
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    Richard Urban, Sep 30, 2007
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