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Is it wrong for me to burn a copy of my friends XP Disc. We both have the same versions accept my PC did not come with a XP CD, it was pre-installed. Now I'm Stuck whenever I want to reformat or recover. I thought this would be the way since he's not selling me the CD. Yet, I've heard a lot of talk around where some say it's perfectly legal and others say it's illeagle. If it is illegal are there any alternatives? Thanks for the replys in advance.
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As long as you use your own product code you are fine
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the devil is in the details, first off, a restore disk can often be just a key that opens a hidden image of the system store somewhere on the drive meaning that the two computer may look the same but yours might not have it. also when one restores using a restore disk there is often the later problem of removing all the bloatware that one does not want, which can be a lot of work, also if it is not a laptop we are talking about something that you might change the parts only to find that the restore disk won't then work

what am I saying by the above, simply that it is better to have the ability to and the tools needed too to be able to reinstall the machine from zero rather than depending of a restore disk, the question being "if my harddrive were to die on me today could I replace it and reinstall the system exactly how I want from my backup plan"
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