Can you install an activated copy of Windows to your mac via boot camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by josueg942, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. josueg942 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2009
    I'm trying to install Windows XP on my macbook pro to play some games and use some cool applications that haven't been made for Mac OS X
    I have an activated copy of Windows XP with me... do you think it will work if I try to install it on my macbook pro... since it's already activated?
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    First, is this an "OEM" copy (aka, it came with a computer,) or is it a "Retail" copy? (aka, a box bought at a store.)

    If it's a Retail copy, read the next paragraph. If it's an OEM copy, then you could potentially run into technical, as well as legal/ethical issues.

    From a technical standpoint, a retail copy should install just fine. The worst that will happen is that when it goes to "phone home" to Microsoft, activation will fail, and you will need to call the activation phone line, and tell an operator (likely in India,) that you only have it installed on one machine; you'll have to read off a ridiculously long code, and the operator will give you another ridiculously long code to force activation to work.

    For OEM copies, some of them are linked to the specific system (make/model/configuration) that they shipped with. Big OEMs like Dell and HP are famous for this. You cannot take a Dell Dimension 2400 XP install disc and use it even on a Dimension 2800, much less on an HP or an Apple. The disc is hard-coded to only install on the specified computer. "Generic" OEM discs are not linked this way; but there is still the legal/ethical aspect.

    From a legal/ethical standpoint, it is only okay to do this if the copy of XP is a "Retail" copy, and it has been completely removed from the previous computer. The "OEM" licenses specify that they are only valid when the software is installed on *the individual computer* the label shipped with. OEM licenses are *NOT* transferrable. Period. Finally, if you use a copy of XP as a basis for an "upgrade" copy of Vista, that copy of Vista subsumes the XP license with it. Meaning you still only have one license combined for *both* copies of Windows. You can't buy an upgrade copy of Vista, then install the now-obsolete copy of XP on a different system. The 'upgrade' price is cheaper because you're 'upgrading' the license as well. (Yes, I read every EULA I agree to at least once all the way through, I have read those clauses in the XP and Vista EULAs.)
  3. josueg942 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2009

    So much info... just the ones I needed!
    Thanks m8.
    Luckily I'm in not using XP for I got Vista... and I'm on it... in Firefox, right now!
  4. ec51 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    I am happy to report that I have successfully installed a Dell copy of XP on my Alu MB via Bootcamp. I have formatted the HD of the Dell and has since been discarded, so the copy of XP is not in use other than on my MB.

    What I did was streamline the Dell XP CD with Sp3 and the install went smoothly. First it installed as a "trial version" of XP and specified that I had 30 days left. I entered the product serial that came with my Dell and it activated no problem.

    I do not have an ethical issue with this since the copy of XP is not in use on another computer and I paid for this copy.
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Easier with corporate version of wind0ws.

  6. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    This is a violation of the OEM license agreement and therefore shouldn't encouraged. OEM installs (both MS and OEM branded) are single use only and the license is in the form of a sticker which cannot be transferred between machines.
  7. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK

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