Do snow leopard disks have licence keys?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whitedragon101, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    #1
    My girlfriends laptop HD has died and I have a new one ready to slot in. However, both her Snow Leopard disk (boxed not grey) and Leopard disk (gray) are in Ireland (we are in the UK).

    I have my Snow Leopard (boxed copy not grey) that I used to upgrade my laptop right here next to me. Can I use it to install an OS to her new HD or is there some licence identifier or code that gets installed that will cause a problem if we are both using OS's installed from the same disk?
     
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040

    benthewraith

    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    #2
    No, they do not have license keys.
     
  3. SantaRosa2.2 macrumors regular

    SantaRosa2.2

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2012
    Location:
    Somewhere in Florida
    #3
    You're in the world of Mac... No license keys for OS X. You are free to install on any Mac you like.
     
  4. Waldo Reed macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    #4
    The grass really is greener!
     
  5. rikbrown macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #5
    Well, you can, but it is still technically breaking the license agreement.
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    #6
    There is no license key or activation system as Apple is generally opposed to DRM.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    #7
    But the girlfriend has a legit copy/install of Snow Leopard, it's just not with her. I wouldn't worry about helping her.
     
  8. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

    NutsNGum

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2010
    Location:
    Glasgow, Scotland
    #8
    Except on nearly every iTunes download for the past decade. They love DRM.

    The main reason OSX doesn't have licence keys is that the cost is underwritten by the massive hardware markup, that and you can't install a retail copy on any other manufacturer's machines.
     
  9. leman macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    #9
    I often wonder why this opinion is still this popular. People often think of Apple as this 'big evil company' (I am not saying that it isn't), but in fact, they have been mostly anti-DRM for the last few years now.

    The iTunes music is mostly DRM free since 2009. No Apple software I am aware of has DRM (some more expensive stuff has license keys, but there is no online activation/validation system if I am not mistaken) and there is also no DRM on the App Store downloads unless the App creator explicitly chose to incorporate some.
     

Share This Page