Usable versions of XP and Vista (i.e. retail vs student download)

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  1. eaw macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone. I'm looking to pick up a MBP tomorrow (2.33 15" model) from the bookstore here at UCLA. I'm looking to setup both a version of Windows and Fedora Core 6 Linux on the machine for triple booting. My question pertains to what versions of Windows are allowed by Boot Camp exactly. I have copies of XP Pro SP2 and Vista Business images, both of which I downloaded and burnt to a single CD/DVD for free from UCLA's engineering site. I know that OEM's don't work with Boot Camp - which is why I'm not using an old Dell CD - but do you think/know if these student download versions will work? I really don't want to go buy a boxed retail version of an OS I can easily get for free. Thanks.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I'm pretty sure you can install OEM editions on bootcamp, but I don't know how :eek:.
     
  3. Alican macrumors regular

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    He won't be able to easily reactivate the DELL windows copy if it's OEM.

    All I can say is try with your student download of Windows. Bootcamp is free but beta, your Windows copy is free, so it won't cost you anthing to try and install. I don't see why it shouldn't work. If for some reason it doesn't work, then buy an OEM version of XP home
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    True, I didn't read his post properly the free student downloads should work fine though.
     
  5. eaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The student version worked for anyone who wanders in here later wondering.
     
  6. slicedbread macrumors regular

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    how did the student version activate? Is it a VLK, or will the key be tied to your machine?
     
  7. TBi macrumors 68030

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    My post seems to have disapeared. Don't know why because i didn't advocate anything illegal.

    Re Activating your older dell license on a new machine because the old machine is defective is well with in your rights. This is why MS allows you to do it. They just don't support moving a license from one working machine to another.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Ultimately MS, and your conscience are the final arbiters.

    Generally moving an OEM license, even if the original machine is dead, is not something that is a right explicitly granted by the EULA, in fact it's usually spelled out that you do not have this right. However, MS will sometimes allow you to activate such a copy if you call them and tell them what's going on. I mean, what is the ultimate difference in replacing a motherboard when one has failed or a new machine?

    Furthermore, If the original copy is still in use you might have problems with your conscience or even start failing WGA testing when you try to get security patches.

    B
     
  9. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    Don't you just love windows? they just shouldnt have any copy protection on it cuz pirates are smart enough to get around it anyways.. they may as well just let the people who arnt gunna pay for it alone cuz they're hurting the legit customers more.. :p do you think that a 16 yearold has the money for vista ultimate muahahahaha
     
  10. TBi macrumors 68030

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    I paid for the software. OEM license or not so my conscience is clear. I'm using a single license on a single machine. I never ran it on two machines at once.**

    If your original machine is faulty then i'm sure there is not one judge in all the world who will hold you accountable for moving your valid license to a working machine. The EULA might state that you can't, but there is no evidence that this will hold up in a court of law.

    To me OEM licenses should be considered the same as OEM hardware. The exact same as the original just without any of the frills such as fancy packaging or games.

    I didn't advocate using one license of two machines. That is against the law.

    Although as an aside i used the same OEM license on two XP installs i had on the same machine. I think i was breaking the EULA in some way but i had some hardware/hard drive issues and needed to boot into both versions of windows at the time.

    **Actually this whole rule about not being able to move an OEM license from computer to computer is another reason why people pirate it. I can afford a single license but i'm a hardware enthusiast. I'm not going to buy a license for each computer i build.

    So because i'm technically breaking the law by moving my paid for OEM copy from one machine to another, why don't I just pirate it.

    Also that is the reason why it won't hold up in court.
     

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