Multi install 10.5 single user license.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by paulobrad, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. paulobrad macrumors regular

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    I've recently bought a 2nd hand mac mini with OS 10.4 on it and I own a single user license for 10.5. It looks like it's not possible for me to simply upgrade my 10.5 to a family license. From a legal point of view it would be clearly not be within the license for me to install this copy of 10.5 on the mini, from a technical point of view what are the limitations? Is there functionality that stops working (eg mobile me)?

    Clearly the right thing for me to do would be to buy a new copy of 10.5 but I'm interested to know what restrictions Apple can impose.
     
  2. acxz macrumors regular

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    There isn't much Apple can do in the way of restrictions since it has no validation system in place; there are no serial numbers, CD Keys, etc, nor are there any tools Apple can run remotely to reduce the functionality of the OS. Apple licenses OS X on an honourary system where it 'trusts' you to do the 'right' thing rather than constantly hassle you about it as Microsoft does with Windows.
     

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