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Martint

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Hmm, something weird happened.

I fixed my old pc couple of months ago and installed Windows XP Home on it (early august).

I used my friends XP CD.

Now, I know that since he is using XP, I prolly couldn't activate windows.

But, it will give me enough time to get some cash together and buy another copy.

So, anyways, I installed windows and logged in, and when the activation window came up, I clicked ok.

and to my surprised, it ACTIVATED without problems.

I'm like, wtf?

So, now its been 3 months, and well windows is still activated!

I don't know how this happend, but I like it!

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i have a disk with an illegal product no

which i dont use any more

but before i bought the legal one

i installed on a dozen compt

at the time i didnt know it wasent allowed

until i joined these boards

but with the legal one i have peace of mind

i posted some where on this board

when you buy a xpcd

it is yours until you install it then it becomes a borrowed

disk and is the property of microsoft

read the eula

because of our import laws

it is deemed when you purchase the disk

the property becomes yours

and to get round this eula glitch

microsoft made dispensations to australia and new zealand

because of the import laws

jeez they are cunning buggers

it is yours until you install it

what the hell

thast is why i can install that disk on as

many compts as i like as long as i dont commercialise it

nor copy it or post it out side of nz

the problem is updates

as you need the validation tool to install many up dates

so you need to go to third party applications

and how manay ordinary users know this

thats why i bought a legal one

tho my family paid for it

marty

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when you buy a xpcd

it is yours until you install it then it becomes a borrowed

disk and is the property of microsoft

read the eula

Thats not quite how it goes Marty. You Don't ever "own" the OS, even before you install it. The only thing you actually "Own" is the plastic the disk is made from, the rest is the Property Of MS and only Licensed to you to use as instructed or allowed by your license agreement terms (single, commercial..etc)

You never "Buy" software, you only kind of "Lease" it as you will never own the actual code because it's the intellectual property of someone else and they're allowing you a license to use it. They can totally control HOW you use it since it is their legal property still, and this is what bugs and confuses people still. Too many folks think that they actually have bought the software on a disk they purchase, but that's just not so and it's almost impossible to explain that to some.

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Thats not quite how it goes Marty. You Don't ever "own" the OS, even before you install it. The only thing you actually "Own" is the plastic the disk is made from, the rest is the Property Of MS and only Licensed to you to use as instructed or allowed by your license agreement terms (single, commercial..etc)

You never "Buy" software, you only kind of "Lease" it as you will never own the actual code because it's the intellectual property of someone else and they're allowing you a license to use it. They can totally control HOW you use it since it is their legal property still, and this is what bugs and confuses people still. Too many folks think that they actually have bought the software on a disk they purchase, but that's just not so and it's almost impossible to explain that to some.

Well-said, Chappy! This is one of the many reasons why I run primarily open source software on my computers. I don't want anyone telling me what I can and can't do with my computers. I have one XP Pro box that my daughter uses that has all legal software on it. I just have a different philosophy on the way that I think software should be made available to people. :D

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