Using my current copy of XP in boot camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by 152pilot, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. 152pilot macrumors newbie

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    I'm about to order a Macbook Pro, and I plan on using boot camp for gaming.

    I was just wondering if it is possible to copy the system files (legally) off of my Dell Inspiron so that I could use them in Boot, instead of having to purchase a new version. Thanks
     
  2. Siron macrumors 6502

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    I believe the only way is to clone your drive to the Mac but then that may not work as the hardware has changed. Why don't you just use the install disk that came with the Dell. You will have to register it again and get another key from MS but as it was linked to your Dell they may not (plus it's not legal to run the same OS on two machines).
    PM me for further info.
    Alan
     
  3. sash macrumors 6502a

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    If it's a Dell OEM version, you may use it on this particular Dell computer only. Technically you can do that (install this OS on another comp), but it's a violation of EULA.

    sash
     
  4. 152pilot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I lost the discs a while ago so thats not really an option.

    Its not really a big deal; I can easily pay for a new copy, I just wanted to make sure that I had to buy it before I go to the store.

    Stealing software isn't really my thing; I won't judge others who do, but if I can afford something I feel really guilty about trying to pirate it for free.
     
  5. Siron macrumors 6502

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    Don't buy the retail copy get the OEM from an online retailer like ZipZoomFly.com or NewEgg.com. You will save a lot of money and the only difference is that you don't get Tech support with the OEM version but the last time I called Microsoft Tech support was way back when I was upgrading from 3.11 to Windows 95 :D .
    Alan
     

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