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RaidenWoW
04-29-08, 01:37 PM
Ok I just bought my new laptop from here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300219796750

As you can see, I'm already starting to sell replacement parts:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290226676097

(please don't ban me for posting that :( I'm just providing more proof of ownership)

Up for sale:

1. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 CD key (edit: It could be version 2006 I don't remember much because I installed vista right after I got the thing)
http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/9414/cdkey1gn1.th.jpg (http://img229.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cdkey1gn1.jpg)
2. Windows Vista Home Premium CD key
http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/2364/cdkey2lu7.th.jpg (http://img229.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cdkey2lu7.jpg)

Complete with timestamps and descriptions:
First one was originally placed on the back of my laptop and the second one I stuck to the backside of my laptop's battery (so I wouldn't cover the media center one).

Would someone (even if you're not buying them) suggest a price for me please?

Edit: Just registered with MikeC. The process was very fast :)

Rummy
04-29-08, 10:05 PM
Is the Vista 32 or 64 bit?

jcniest5
04-30-08, 09:11 AM
I don't think you can sell just the CD Key. The label actually says, "Label not to be sold separately." So, unless you have the original authentic CD, you can't just sell the CD or Product key. I could be wrong, though.

ephmrl
04-30-08, 10:37 AM
You'd probably have to contact either the laptop manufacturer/reseller or microsoft directly to find out if the license was oem/system builder only (which can only be activated on that single machine - and becomes invalid if that machine is destroyed/dissassembled) or a real retail license.

If that's the original dell volume license key/sticker for vista (and wasn't replaced with a retail cd install) it doesn't seem likely you can activate that on any other machine...

XDanger
04-30-08, 11:48 AM
If the installs were upgraded the licenses would also be invalid

CaptNKILL
04-30-08, 11:48 AM
You'd probably have to contact either the laptop manufacturer/reseller or microsoft directly to find out if the license was oem/system builder only (which can only be activated on that single machine - and becomes invalid if that machine is destroyed/dissassembled) or a real retail license.

If that's the original dell volume license key/sticker for vista (and wasn't replaced with a retail cd install) it doesn't seem likely you can activate that on any other machine...
They usually work as long as the original owner didn't activate them a dozen times.

I'm not sure if this is even considered "legal" though, so I can't say any more. :p

RaidenWoW
04-30-08, 01:10 PM
They're both 32 bit. You know what? I'll actually verify if they can be installed and validated or not.

I'll do something that's not illegal by downloading and burning the specified versions of windows, installing it on an unused (soon going to sell) computer and see if they activate. If they do, I'll mail the CDs to the buyer + the cd key.

If you have any questions about piracy, here are your answers: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070826091036AALf2fP

Edit: looks like my XP cd key is invalid: http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/01/29/vista-upgrade-invalidates-your-xp-key/

But I'll definitely test my vista CD key. I believe that all a person has to do is install vista, activate it, and when (and if) it doesn't activate, call phone support and say "This is not installed on another computer" and they'll activate it for you.
Simple as pie. I've done it before with hardware changes (new motherboards etc) they won't know that it's on a new machine entirely. Just say you upgraded your hardware.


Come on bear with me guys I just had a $1300 laptop die on me. I'm trying to make money to get myself my college laptop :(

ViN86
04-30-08, 04:26 PM
first off, the key cannot be sold individually on OEM machines. second off, an OEM key cannot be legally activated on a machine other than the one it was initially installed on. finally, you cannot even use that XP cd key if you do not have the HP OEM disc that came with the machine.

this thread should be closed.

DiscipleDOC
04-30-08, 04:37 PM
Vin is right. Legally, you can not sale oem software without the hardware to go with it. This thread is closed.


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