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Posted: 11/18/2003 3:14:43 PM EDT
I've heard that you cant do that with the home edition, but you could with the professional edition.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:23:38 PM EDT
BTT

Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:25:28 PM EDT
Tagged, I'm interested in this as well.

Danny
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:29:30 PM EDT
What is your question?

Are you asking if you can install the SAME copy of XP pro on the same network?

Or are you asking if 2 different copies of XP pro can reside on the same network?
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:38:00 PM EDT
Yes technically you can without problems, although legally you aren't supposed to.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:41:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
What is your question?

Are you asking if you can install the SAME copy of XP pro on the same network?

Or are you asking if 2 different copies of XP pro can reside on the same network?



i'm pretty sure it's the first question and i'm pretty sure you can do it. xp freaks out after the third install. not totally sure they won't flip out when they see each other on the network, but since it's legal to install the same version on your desktop and your laptop and those could be on the same network, it should go ok.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:48:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
Are you asking if you can install the SAME copy of XP pro on the same network?



Yes.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:51:23 PM EDT
Many professional and corporate versions of XP don't have a key. I've done it all the time.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 3:53:43 PM EDT
Just took a class in XP, we had 23 PCs in the same work group using the same copy



So yes, you can
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 4:14:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2003 4:34:51 PM EDT by ByteTheBullet]
I've had 6 pc's running on my network at home at the same time. Sharing files, printers, etc. I do use a 'volume license' and a 'volume' version, but I do not know if that matters.

Good luck!


ByteTheBullet (-:

Edited to add: I do not have to go through the 'Activation' crap...thank you jeebus!
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 4:20:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Boom_Stick:

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
Are you asking if you can install the SAME copy of XP pro on the same network?



Yes.



Then yes.

If anything you'll have license/activation issue's.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 4:34:25 PM EDT
You can but you may not.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 5:34:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 5:34:44 PM EDT
XP for the masses has copy protection that marries a copy to a specific machine.

There are corporate versions that install using a serial number like older version of Windoze does. Those can be installed on multiple machines but cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 5:41:08 PM EDT
Depends on the key...

If you have a key that came with a retail box version or with a PC, you will have to go through the 'Product Activation' , and the copy can only be used once...

If you hvae a 'corporate' license key, you can skip activation and install on as many boxes as you want (but if MS catches you without enough licenses...).
Link Posted: 11/18/2003 7:14:12 PM EDT

I've heard that you cant do that with the home edition, but you could with the professional edition.


If you have a RETAIL copy of XP the answer is NO.

At least not legally…

The retail version of XP contacts Microsoft after installation to “Activate” your XP machine it then locks that copy of XP to that machine. If you the install on a second machine when second computer contacts Microsoft it will not allow you to “Active” on the second computer and after 3 days it will not run.

I suspect that Microsoft dumps their XP “Activation” database every 3-6 months. I have seen someone install the retail copy of XP on a second computer 3 months after the first and MS let the second computer “Activate”.

If you make major changes to the hardware on a activated computer the machine will sometimes ask you reactivate.

Link Posted: 11/18/2003 11:43:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 4:46:01 AM EDT
you can, but how will Bill be able to feed his kids....
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 4:55:43 AM EDT
This customer at my shop said he used a key reader/gen software to install XP on several computers. I'm not sure which version of XP he had though.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 11:08:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 2:29:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2003 2:36:46 PM EDT by Boom_Stick]
So there are THREE flavors of XP?
1) home
2) Pro
3) Volume License (with win98 type CD key)

My copy of XP Pro says it's optional to register and I have a 20 character CD key, but its labeled XP Pro.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 2:34:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Boom_Stick:
So there are THREE flavors of XP?
1) home
2) Pro
3) Volume License (with win98 type CD key)

My copy of XP Pro says it's optional to register and I have a 20 character CD key.



No, there are 2 'workstation' versions of XP:

Home and Pro.

However, there are 2 varieties of 'Pro' CD key. Corporate/Volume and Retail.

If you use a retail key, you get the activation screen. If you use a 'corporate' key, XP recognizes this and doesn't make you activate.

It's the same code, just different keys...

Office XP is the same way...
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