windows xp home oem from gateway

gonnabuyamac

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so, i have parallels, and i have xp home which came with a laptop i bought from gateway. xp is on a customized disk that gateway manufactured... is there any way that i can get xp to install from that disk onto parallels?

help!
 

gonnabuyamac

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I'm pretty sure that it will be tied to that particular gateway computer and you won't be able to install it in parallels.
that sucks.... probably wouldn't have made the switch to a mac if i knew i couldn't use operating systems that i've already paid for.
 

EricNau

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that sucks.... probably wouldn't have made the switch to a mac if i knew i couldn't use operating systems that i've already paid for.
You didn't pay for it. That copy of Windows was licensed exclusively for that gateway computer.

If you have a problem with it, blame Microsoft.
 

gonnabuyamac

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You didn't pay for it. That copy of Windows was licensed exclusively for that gateway computer.

If you have a problem with it, blame Microsoft.
I do blame MS - and Gateway... it's just unfortunate that MS's monopoly forces me to need their operating system more often than i need OSX ...
 

Sesshi

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It's only an element of the EULA, and as long as you're no longer using the copy of XP on your laptop (say you've put Ubuntu on it or something) there's nothing to prevent you from installing it on your Mac*

After all, there are no EULAs preventing you from removing the hard disk from the laptop and using it elsewhere, is there? A lot of EULAs are practically unenforceable, as is for example Apple's stipulation that you can only run their OS on their hardware. This is just such a case. Ultimately you can demonstrate ownership of the license, and that it is being used only on one machine.

So, once again assuming you don't have XP on your laptop anymore, give it a try.



*Unless the OS installation on the disc is locked to the OEM Vendor ID in the BIOS. This is done by very, very few manufacturers but I do remember Gateway being such a vendor when I had Windows 2000.

 

hatchet92882

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I know for a fact that you can, i dunno about installing it on a mac... But as for on a normal windoze machine... IT WILL WORK... and then call MS and make up some BS... that you formated your computer or something.... It works... My laptop is a toshiba and it says its a dell....
 

Rodimus Prime

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I do blame MS - and Gateway... it's just unfortunate that MS's monopoly forces me to need their operating system more often than i need OSX ...
I would not blame Microsoft on the OEM part. You did not pay for it like that. OEM copies of windows XP pro are I think around 100 bucks. Lets compare that with a retail copy (which you can move from PC to PC) which cost $300. For a $200 price difference you are going to have to give up some rights so do not blame M$ on this one. You get what you pay for.
It's only an element of the EULA, and as long as you're no longer using the copy of XP on your laptop (say you've put Ubuntu on it or something) there's nothing to prevent you from installing it on your Mac*

After all, there are no EULAs preventing you from removing the hard disk from the laptop and using it elsewhere, is there? A lot of EULAs are practically unenforceable, as is for example Apple's stipulation that you can only run their OS on their hardware. This is just such a case. Ultimately you can demonstrate ownership of the license, and that it is being used only on one machine.

So, once again assuming you don't have XP on your laptop anymore, give it a try.



*Unless the OS installation on the disc is locked to the OEM Vendor ID in the BIOS. This is done by very, very few manufacturers but I do remember Gateway being such a vendor when I had Windows 2000.

tell you the truth the EULA does prevent against that because that is putting windows on a new computer. Also even if you could move it to another computer it would still be against the law.