[SATLUG] XP Legal Issue Question

Charles Hogan cd_satl at futuretechsolutions.com
Tue Jan 22 22:16:13 CST 2008


Check the EULA carefully.  That should be able to answer your questions.

Don Wright wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:00:39 -0800 (PST), Mario Compean
> <mariocompeanc at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Here's the question: is it legal to transfer-install the OEM XP in the new box?
> 
> Best info I've seen from Microsoft is that OEM copies are licensed to
> one specific CPU/motherboard only. Upgrading the MB or replacing the CPU
> chip requires purchase of a new copy of Windows.
> 
> That said, I've also heard it isn't that big a deal as long as the
> license key is only running on a single system at a time. (The license
> desk guys you have to call generally re-authorize without too much
> begging.)
> 
> Linux is just so much easier, even with the arguments about whether
> certain drivers are "free" enough.  --Don
> 


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