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    License Question (XP Pro)

    Is it legal to use a single copy of Windows XP and install on a desktop and a laptop that is for my exclusive use .. as it is with Microsoft Office ??
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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    Open up XP's Help system and type "license"
    <hr>The answer is generally, "no." Copyright law and the terms of your End-User License Agreement (EULA) govern your rights to copy and run Microsoft software. In the case of Microsoft Windows operating system software, the EULA does not permit you to run more than one copy. If your Microsoft operating system software (such as Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition) was supplied to you preinstalled on a new computer system by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), different license terms apply. In such cases, you may not make a second copy and the software itself is not transferable to a different computer system, even if you delete it from the original computer system. Please read the EULA contained in this software for complete information. Please note that under certain Microsoft volume licensing programs intended for businesses, you may have different rights. Please consult the agreements that govern such programs for complete information.

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    Go on, buy another copy! You know how much Bill needs the money ...!
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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    Thanks for the information ...
    I always thought that it was one computer one license as you have posted .. but someone tried to tell me different.
    I was just curious. I knew that it was legal to intall Office on your desktop machine and also on your laptop .. as long as the laptop is for your exclusive use.

    Again ... Thanks.
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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    LMAO ... Can I borrow ... $324.00 ??
    I promise to repay it next Tuesday ... LOL

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    Legit copies show up at swap meets for less than half that. Right now on the web you won't see much price variation though.

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16> <img src=/S/pirate.gif border=0 alt=pirate width=22 height=18> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    I doubt that software purchased at swap meets is any more genuine than the brand-name clothing, music CDs, and movie DVDs you will find there. It's definitely buyer beware!!

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    It absolutely is; I can prove it and I propose a large wager. Doubts are healthy, but I know I'm right here. No one is allowed to sell any pirated software at this place and faces penalties and this is monitored. These come with legitimate product keys and are activated legitimately and are sealed in the box.

    The first heavily discounted Windows XP Pro I saw (and I haven't see one discounted as much since) Microsoft was around; Microsoft had sanctioned the talks on XP that were there--it was near the launch and this software is totally legit.

    There are resellers who get surplus items legitimately and sell them and this is not a new practice--they are from Roxio, Symantec, and Microsoft and they are absolutely legal Jefferson.

    If you wanted to find warez material, you have only to click a mouse once--it's all over the place-- thousands of sites--I run into it all the time when I'm searching to answer a question.

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    By the way, the confusion with EULA occurred because many people cannot tell Windows from Office - both are Microsoft products, both have the same versions - XP, 2000, 97/98... That's Office you can install on desktop and laptop - not Windows.

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    <hr>That's Office you can install on desktop and laptop - not Windows<hr>

    To be, or not to be, that is the question. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16> <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    I've seen legitimate versions of both at these things. There are also people who like to collect old versions for whatever reason and just display them in their boxes or packages who come to buy them--both Office and Windows.

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    Interesting. That doesn't sound like any "swap meet" I've ever heard of. Sounds more like a user group meeting.

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    Re: License Question (XP Pro)

    Same thing, just less people. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Why? Whats wrong with User Groups if your still paying for Legit stuff?

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