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WhatswrongwithXP
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently I have
tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations or
whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives. And now I
don't know what to do. Can anyone help?

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
You are incorrect. You must purchase a new Windows XP
license for each installation on separate hard drives. Otherwise,
Product Activation will fail as you found out.

Please read your End-User License Agreement by going
to Start > Run and type: WINVER , and hit enter.

From the Windows XP EULA:

1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
display and run one (1) copy of the Software on a single
computer, such as a workstation, terminal or other
device ("Workstation Computer"). The Software may not
be used by more than two (2) processors at any one
time on any single Workstation Computer.

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"WhatswrongwithXP" wrote:


| According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
| installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
| therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently I have
| tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
| installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations or
| whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives. And now I
| don't know what to do. Can anyone help?

Bob Knowlden
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
At least one of us is confused.

XP is normally licensed for one machine. (For XP Home, that one machine
would have a single CPU, although with hyperthreading that single CPU could
appear as two in Device Manager. XP Pro supports two physical CPUs.) There
can be any number of drives attached to it (within hardware limits), but
there would be a single active XP installation on one partition of a drive.
The other drives or partitions would not contain XP; they'd just be used for
additional space for application software or data.

My guess is that by adding drives, you've somehow changed your configuration
enough to trigger product activation. It appears that you'll have to do
re-activate XP by telephone. That should be legitimate, even if you have an
OEM license. That will be a minor inconvenience, but not a real problem.

If you tell the Microsoft rep that you have multiple XP installations off of
one license (I imagine that you do not), you'll be told that you are in
violation of the EULA (end user license agreement), and directed to buy a
new license. If you have a single installation, you will be given a new
activation code. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes.

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"WhatswrongwithXP" <WhatswrongwithXP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:B28CC4F5-6F6F-4BD1-BA37-ABCFA7689D65@microsoft.com...
> According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
> installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
> therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently I have
> tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
> installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations
> or
> whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives. And now
> I
> don't know what to do. Can anyone help?

GHalleck
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
WhatswrongwithXP wrote:

> According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
> installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
> therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently I have
> tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
> installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations or
> whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives. And now I
> don't know what to do. Can anyone help?

Is this a volume license for 5 systems? If so, then it means
that Windows XP can be installed into 5 different systems. Or,
this license may allow 5 instances of Windows XP being installed
into a single computer, e.g., 5 multi-boot configurations. Is
this the situation here?

Or does this post mean the number of hard drives that can be
physically installed into a computer operating under Windows
XP? Typically, a maximum of 4 IDE hard drives can be installed,
2 each for the primary and secondary IDE controllers. Adding a
fifth IDE hard drive will present a problem unless additional
hardware is installed to allow for it. Is this what installing
a 5th hard drive means?

kurttrail
07-10-2005, 12:51 AM
WhatswrongwithXP wrote:
> According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
> installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer
> and therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently
> I have tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up
> after the installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers
> of activations or whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install
> maximum 5 harddrives. And now I don't know what to do. Can anyone
> help?

What kind of XP are you using?

Home or Pro?

OEM, Retail, or Volume License?

Or are you just trolling?

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Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:51 AM
WhatswrongwithXP wrote:
> According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
> installed into maximum 5 devices.



The WinXP license says no such thing. It very clearly says that you
may install a single copy of the OS on one computer only. The only
mention of the number "5" in the WinXP license is in regards to the
number of simultaneous inbound network connections allowed to a WinXP
Home PC. (WinXP Pro allows up to 10 simultaneous inbound network
connections.)


> I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
> therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case.


I don't see how this is relevant; the OS need only be installed once,
regardless of how many additional physical hard drives are installed for
data storage.


> Recently I have
> tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
> installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations or
> whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives.


If your hardware can handle it, a Wintel-based computer can handle up
to 24 hard drives, if there are no optical drives installed. However,
installing an additional hard drive into a computer would *not* require
reinstalling the OS. What, exactly, are you really trying to do?


And now I
> don't know what to do. Can anyone help?


Why are you repeatedly installing the OS to each hard drive that you
want to use for data storage? This makes no sense, and it waste a
noticeable portion of each hard drive's storage capacity.

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Jimbo
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Your a moron


"Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:eBAxtXJZFHA.2664@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> You are incorrect. You must purchase a new Windows XP
> license for each installation on separate hard drives. Otherwise,
> Product Activation will fail as you found out.
>
> Please read your End-User License Agreement by going
> to Start > Run and type: WINVER , and hit enter.
>
> From the Windows XP EULA:
>
> 1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
> display and run one (1) copy of the Software on a single
> computer, such as a workstation, terminal or other
> device ("Workstation Computer"). The Software may not
> be used by more than two (2) processors at any one
> time on any single Workstation Computer.
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "WhatswrongwithXP" wrote:
>
>
> | According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
> | installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
> | therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently I have
> | tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
> | installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations
> or
> | whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives. And
> now I
> | don't know what to do. Can anyone help?

Jimbo
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Call Microsoft to activate over the phone. You can install it on a million
HD's if it where possible, per the EULA, as long as its on the same machine.
If the rep on the phone tells you otherwise get his supervisor and complain.
Eventually you will get some one to help you.


"WhatswrongwithXP" <WhatswrongwithXP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:B28CC4F5-6F6F-4BD1-BA37-ABCFA7689D65@microsoft.com...
> According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
> installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer and
> therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case. Recently I have
> tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message popped up after the
> installation, and said I have excessed my maximum numbers of activations
> or
> whatever. Hello??? I thought I could install maximum 5 harddrives. And now
> I
> don't know what to do. Can anyone help?

Stephen
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
WhatswrongwithXP wrote:
>> According to the XP license agreement, each copy of Windows can be
>> installed into maximum 5 devices. I am a graphic/multimedia designer
>> and therefore, harddrive storage is never enough in my case.
>> Recently I have tried to install my 5th harddrive, but a message
>> popped up after the installation, and said I have excessed my
>> maximum numbers of activations or whatever. Hello??? I thought I
>> could install maximum 5 harddrives. And now I don't know what to do.
>> Can anyone help? '

You can put a hundred harddrives into the computer it is OK. The EULA is
related to one computer, not how many harddrives are in the computer. Your
putting a new harddrive in triggered the Product Activation because the
algorithm is hardware identity based. Just phone up and activate.You aren't
required to explain yourself, but if you do, just tell them it is the very
same computer only you added yet another harddrive.


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