Is it legal to...

lucasc896

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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
 

jczubach

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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.
 

LeviG

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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.
 

lucasc896

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Jul 30, 2007
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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.