XP disk - is the XP disk specific to Mac?

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  1. sselin macrumors newbie

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    Is the XP install disk specific to Mac or is it the same disk used for installing XP onto PCs?

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    Steve
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    It is the same Disk. You are in fact installing Windows on a PC. ;)
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    But to read between the lines, it has to be an XP SP2 install disk, not a restore disk that came with a PC, and not XP Service Pack 1 or any earlier version of Windows.

    If you have XP that came with a PC, you still have to purchase Windows XP for your Mac -- the XP you have is licensed for installation on one CPU only. OEM XPs are also licensed only for the machine they were bundled with - even if that machine is out of service and the OS not in use, OEM 'bundle' Windows cannot be put on another machine.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    To further clarify, what C-RAM is saying is that you most likely can't legally install Windows on your Mac using a CD you already have. The exception is if you happen to have bought Windows XP retail as a Full Packaged Product and are no longer using it on the "other" PC, in that case, transfer away.

    You can however buy a new license of Windows XP OEM from newegg or any other legitimate reseller (Fry's has 'em too) to install on your Mac. However once installed, that copy of Windows belongs exclusively to your Mac and cannot legally be transferred to another machine.

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  5. Nermal Moderator

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    Unless you have an MSDN licence :D
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    Ah yes, another perfectly legal exception. There is some limit to the number of machines you can install on, right?

    Other exceptions would be that you work for a company or attend a campus with a volume/site license and attach one of those licenses to the Mac.

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    I'm pretty sure that there are different licence levels. We have several licences at work, and they're per-user rather than per-computer, so we're allowed to use Windows, Office, Visual Studio etc. on our home computers too :)
     
  8. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

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    I have noticed that sites like Newegg.com etc. have OEM versions for sale much cheaper but are intended for computer builders. Will these disks work if I try and install it? Can I legally buy one of these disks?
     
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    I believe that they'll work with Boot Camp without any trouble. You need to buy them bundled with hardware (such as a hard drive) unless you're a registered system builder or OEM.
     
  10. zac4mac macrumors 6502

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    The rules appear to have changed a little - I bought an OEM copy from Newegg and bought NO additional hardware. However an OEM copy is for a "Builder", to put on a machine built by someone else for an end user. That copy is specific to the machine it is originally installed on, not to be moved to another machine later, with a label that is supposed to be affixed to the machine(Mine is on the inside of the battery bay). The retail copy is Stand-Alone and can be installed on any machine as long as only one copy is installed and running at a time. Also, the OEM copy has NO Tech Assist from the seller or M$. Returns are difficult(my first copy was no good, they sent a second that worked), refunds next to impossible. If I had known all this, I would have spent the extra dough for the retail copy...Z
     
  11. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

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    Im sorry to ask this... But what does OEM stand for?
     
  12. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

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    Original Equipment Manufacturer. Just like you have OEM parts for a car, and I'm sure there is other areas that use this term. It just means that it is a part from the manufacturer of a product, like getting new OEM brakes for your BMW instead of aftermarket (Brembro, etc).
     
  13. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

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    So if I buy an OEM copy and install it on my Mac and resell it to myself do I qualify:D .
     
  14. kildraik macrumors 6502a

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    What I would do is try to find a friend that works at company that has just purchased new computers with XP Pro SP, Corporate, as it does not need to be registered and has an unlimited amount of liscences.
     
  15. truz macrumors 6502a

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    Go on ebay.com and you can find xp pro licenses (oem). Runs under $120 shipped.
     
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