Is this illegal?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fud122, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. fud122 macrumors member

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    Thinking of selling my 17" MBP 2.33Ghz model and getting a smaller 15" new MBP instead. Now I have a legal, purchased copy (retail) of Windows Vista Home Premium. I had it installed on my MBP but went back to XP because of some issues but my question is can I install it on my new MBP if I get one without any problems or does the Microsoft hardware checker prevent me from doing so? Will Microsoft force me to buy a new license?

    I would hate the fact that my retail copy of vista would be useless because it was previously installed. What are my options? Thank you.
     
  2. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    No issues with installing it on your new computer as long as it's only on one computer at a time.
     
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  4. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    Retail copies are transferable. Just uninstall it from the other MBP. If you have problems activating it, call MS.
     
  5. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    wow thats weird i used xp on 3 computers with the same key
     
  6. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Haha... ya you can do it, it's just not "legal" :]
     
  7. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    It also helps that you don't have a moral compass. Yeah right.
     
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  9. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I don't know what part of putting "legal" in quotes made you want to attack my morality.

    Chill out man. You have no idea whether or not I steal software. And even if I did, basing someone's morality on whether or not they pirate software is pretty shallow.
     

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