Can I use my VPC license for Boot Camp?

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  1. Stoodlico macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I use AutoCad on a Windows machine and just bought a new iMac so I can get rid of my PC. I also have a powerbook which runs XP via virtual PC. My question is whether I need a new version of Windows to put on the new iMac or whether my VPC license is sufficient? And if so, would I be able to install from the VPC disk?

    Excuse my ignorance, license agreements aren't my specialty.

    Thanks
     
  2. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    It is illegal. It is the same as using your old dellrestore disks. It is an OEM license, which means it has to be tied to one machine.:)
     
  3. Stoodlico thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fair enough. But as I'll no longer be using VPC and will remove that from my Powerbook am I able to transfer the license for use on the new machine? Or is that illegal since I've previously installed it on a different machine?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I actually reckon it'd be legal but still not possible. I don't think Boot Camp will work with the VPC disc. I guess it's worth a shot though. :)
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Read the EULA for your specific license. It may, or not, grant you transfer rights...

    In general OEM licenses do not.

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  6. Nermal Moderator

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    I'm not sure what Australian law says about that sort of thing, but it wouldn't surprise me if you're allowed to use it.
     
  7. Stoodlico thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies. I obviously don't want to have to buy a new version of Windows if I don't have to, but it sounds like that's the case. Thanks again.
     
  8. HugMnster macrumors member

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    With microsoft they want your money so they say its illegal to reinstall windows on a new machine. They tie the current copy you have for a machine to that machine no matter what happens to it. Not right really if its dead it should be able to be used on a new machine but then thats microsoft for you greedy greedy greedy.

    Nuthing to keep you from reusing it just illegal according to them.

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  9. balamw Moderator

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    But full packaged product or volume license copies of WIndows and ou can transfer them to your heart's content. Take advantage of the OEM discounts and lock yourself to a particular machine. It may be greedy, but there is a choice in the matter...

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  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I would've thought VPC was in a different league because it's not really technically bundled with a specific machine, but rather a virtual machine. nevertheless, I don't think the VPC discs have a chance of working with Boot Camp in the first place. :(
     
  11. Tastannin macrumors 6502

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    I've seen some posts somewhere else that people have been able to get XP CD's from Microsoft for about $30 using the XP license from VPC. Was planning to do this as soon as I can find my license. YMMV.
     

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