Comes with a Serial Code?

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  1. Garrett macrumors regular

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    Do the installation disks come with Serial Codes?

    (Please don't take it as that I want to pirate, but I am just so used to the Windows bullocks I have been through, to find out that there is no serial number.)
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Only iWork and certain Pro applications do.

    If it makes you feel better I can make one up. ;)
     
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  4. Garrett thread starter macrumors regular

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    So what makes me buy a family package? When I can just give my friend my install disk? Do they use your current one?
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's called a EULA.

    You're not the first person to bring it up either.
     
  6. shinji macrumors 65816

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    So why would someone buy the family pack if there are no serial numbers?

    The serial # on your mac must be sent to Apple at some point and software update would know how many times that copy of OS X has been used on different macs?

    edit: nevermind...
     
  7. Garrett thread starter macrumors regular

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    What's EULA? I don't understand at all.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Here you go.
     
  9. Garrett thread starter macrumors regular

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    How does the process of installation Mac OS X? What stops me though from installing this on all my familys Macs?
     
  10. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816

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    You don't have to follow the EULA, but doing so removes any guilt of stealing that this forum will impose upon you :rolleyes:

    Also, it would be safe to assume that the more often the EULA is violated, the more likely Apple is either to raise prices to counter this effect or bring us into Windows Activation Hell.
     
  11. MacinDoc macrumors 68020

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    We've been over this umpteen times on the forums already. Nothing is technically preventing you from doing what you suggest. To give a single user copy or a Family Pack copy to a friend who does not reside with you are both violations of the EULA.

    Apple trusts its users to be responsible, honest, and respectful of the terms of the EULA. And a lot of us on MR would like to keep it that way. No serial numbers, activation codes etc.

    So, I guess the only thing other than your conscience that will stop you from doing this is the MR lynch mob that will hunt you down if you do... ;)
     
  12. psychofreak Retired

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    Honesty and conscience...
     
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Essentially the contract you agree to when you buy/use/install the software product.

    (*restraining self from rant*) :mad:
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Uh, you?
     
  15. Garrett thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am just so used to the Windows bollocks, so I am just so confused about all this trustworthy things! :p
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I hope to never have to deal with this from Apple.
     
  17. psychofreak Retired

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    As long as Apple OSs run on Apple hardware only officially, I don't think we ever will :)
     
  18. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I thought I heard somewhere that basically because of these "What stops me from installing this on all my computers" people Apple was including a serial on 10.5.

    I Plan on buying a family pack. Because I am legit like that.:D
     
  19. cobravap macrumors regular

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    ii bought the family pack, and was wondering if there is only 1 dvd. reason i am asking is my sister is in college in the east, and i would have to ship it to her, but didnt want to be left with no copies incase i need the disc at home. i should be able to make a copy if there is 1 right(legally speaking)?
     
  20. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Every 3 months or so I would rebuild my PC (I like to tinker) and have to spend 15 minutes reading 25 key stings to a computer and operator for MS in order to use my valid copy of XP. While they never gave me a hard time about it, at any point they could have just said no and I wouldn't have had much recourse. That leash was one of the reasons I switched to Apple a year ago. Let's not give them a good reason to change that stance.
     
  21. iansilv macrumors 6502a

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    I'm buyig my first mac with Leopard, and I will buy another copy of leopard to install on my wife's mac. i won't pirate the thing, just as a f@#k you to Microsoft for making such a crappy OS with Vista!
     
  22. papplegate macrumors member

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    I call it honesty.
     
  23. papplegate macrumors member

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    I think the EULA for the family pack states the 5 macs must be at the same address, so legally you can not send the DVD to someone else.
     
  24. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Not quite. There is a provision for a family member(s) residing at a college or university.
     
  25. papplegate macrumors member

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    That is good to know. Glad I don't think too often....
     

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