XP Legal Question

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  1. macrumors regular

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    If I go out and buy XP home then could I put it on my upcoming iMac and my brothers intel mac mini legally? If i use the same serial code for both would I get in trouble?
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Technically, you're breaching piracy laws, but I'm not sure anyone really gives a sh**
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright I was just checking, I didn't know if I could use the same serial code on two computers =/
     
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    Firstly, yes it is illegal - but since there are so many cracked copies of Windows about I can't see it being a major problem.

    Secondly, I'm not sure but do you not need XP Pro?
     
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    What about the registration of XP? Doesn't it tie your copy to the hardware it's installed on?
     
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    It is indeed not legal to do. In order to use Windows past 30 days you will have to authorize your machine. This will send your CD-Key and some hardware configuration information to Microsoft. If you end up moving the license around you'll be unable to use XP anymore until you call up Microsoft. I had to do it once... stupid removable drive bays.
     
  7. macrumors 68000

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    However, there are so many ways of getting round this (iirc, one of them is just to set a value in the registry to 1 rather than 0), that it's trivial. There are even pre-reg'd/activated copies floating around on the web
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm just going to install for games, so I dont think I really need XP Pro. And could anybody give me a guide to change the registry or whatever, I'm a windoze n00b =(
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    FWIW, there is a vast difference between "illegal" activity and "violating a license agreement." One is a criminal matter, the other a civil matter.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright so just to summon this up, I can do it, but I'll have to call Microsoft and tell them some excuse?
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure the moderators are anxious to have this type of discussion on their boards.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    WPA will just cause you to have to call Microsoft and go through teh rigamarole...you can lie and tell them you haven't installed it on other systems and that you're just reinstalling, but it's certainly not leagal.
     
  13. macrumors 68000

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    True, but this is illegal ;)
     
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would never do that hehe :D
    (good idea...)
     
  15. Moderator emeritus

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    Please don't discuss ways to pirate software.

    The question about whether it's illegal to install Windows XP on two machines has been answered.
     
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