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Old 10-24-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Had a big pc problem which had me pretty much build a new pc. Kept my hd though. Xp says that I need to re-activate it after hardware changes. Thing is that I got my version of xp from my high school. They had some sort of deal. In college now and I don't have my code. Will I have to buy windows xp?
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Yes you will need to purchase a license. Normally, licenses are not transferable to a new motherboard - unless the new motherboard is virtually identical (same chipset, same IDE controllers, same BIOS version, etc.) to the one on which the WinXP installation was originally performed.
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There are free program that will find out what your product key is so you can activate your copy of Windows. Just Google Product Key Finder and you will find one.
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Regardless if the OP finds the license or not please be advised The rules of activation according to Microsoft says that the product key of an OEM version of Windows XP dies with that particularly computer.

We need to determine what the OP has changed when stating "which had me pretty much build a new pc."
The code was probably bundled with some type of volume license that the school was permitted to use and distribute to the students.
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Ok in that case you'll have to buy a Windows XP CD. Ebay has some pretty cheap.
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