I have a Acer laptop that I purchased second hand with Windows XP Professional installed, which I now intend to sell. I have always managed to install all Windows updates, but was surprised recently to discover when attempting to download the latest updates from the Microsoft website, that Microsoft now considers that the laptop has an illegal version of Windows XP Pro installed.
I do not want to give the new owner problems with future upgrades, and so would be happy to pay Microsoft a reasonable sum to have the software validated, but the online offer by Microsoft to validate the installed software if I disclose who the seller was, and pay upwards of $250 (from memory) does not appeal.
So another alternative I am considering is removing XP Pro and installing a legal version of Windows 98SE, which I have, and then purchasing and installing a legally certified Windows Home edition upgrade for 98SE. I noticed the XP upgrade for Windows 98SE in store tonight for $50 which seems very reasonable.
I could of course sell it as and just tell potential buyers that no discs are held, and that I do not guarantee the authenticity of the software. I don't intend to do so, and prefer to fix the problem now, so that neither I nor the future buyer is involved in any future claims or charges as to the infringement of copyright, or at best placed on Microsoft's records as being involved in the use of illegal software, as it seems might be possible with the reporting system Micrsoft now has in place.
Cleaning the Hard Disk and Installing Windows 98 + XP Home Upgrade
So if it turns out to be cost effective to do as proposed can someone tell me how to proceed. I am not concerned about loosing any existing data, and am happy to do a clean install or a reformat or whatever you call it. I want to give the new owner a fresh start.
This is what I have:
- Acer TravelMate 354TE laptop
- Intel Pentium III
Edited by Berocca, 20 March 2006 - 08:56 AM.