Is it legal to...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by lucasc896, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. lucasc896 macrumors member

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    I need to get XP on my mac before I go to uni.
    Yesterday I was going through the attic when I found an old busted laptop, so I thought it'd be cool to dump windows off of it and install ubuntu.
    Now it's done, does that mean, as this copy of XP is no longer in use, I can use the product key from my laptop legally on a copy of XP for my mac? Or is it just licensed for the original laptop?

    Thanks
     
  2. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    i think, if you un-register the original laptop, you are in safe territory. have read this advice a few times, including some OEM sites.
     
  3. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    assuming its oem its licensed to the original hardware only (ie the laptop). Not to say it can't be installed as I've installed an oem on a different system without any issues its just not strictly legal.
     
  4. jczubach macrumors 6502

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  5. lucasc896 thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess seeing as it's now Linux-tastic, there's no way to find out what version it is other than to call microsoft...?

    Ah well, call them on tuesday and try and transfer it.

    Cheers guys.
     

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