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Deviatorz

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First of all, if this belongs in other forum then please move it to the correct forum. Sorry for the inconvience.
Ok my question is, is it illegal to download a copy of windows XP disk when you have purchased a cd key? What I mean is that I bought a disk once and now I lost it except the CD Key. It's it illegal to download it install it?
If not, my 2nd question is, can I still do a windows update with that downloaded version of XP without problems? This may sound stupid, but I just want to know. Thanks in advanced.
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That is an iffy question. When you purchase a copy of Windows it is the CD key that you are paying for. I'm not totally sure of the legalty of downloading a copy in your situation.

We usually recommend that you borrow a CD from a friend. Ask around work, someone surely has one...

Edit: As long as you use a legit CD key then Windows update will function correctly, otherwise Windows will lock up once it gets around to its new validation checks.

Edited by Titan8990, 20 November 2007 - 03:29 AM.

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There is no legal place to download Windows. No, if you use a pirated version of Windows, no updates are available. Your best bet is to locate your valid XP CD.
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i concur....it is not technically illegal to download the XP install disks...HOWEVER you will be hard pressed to find an actuall legit XP disk anywhere for download...most if not all of them will be cracked in some way and alot of them will be filled with "extras" that you don't want (such as viruses and malware)

another option would be to DL the setup disks from MS http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994 of course...these are to be placed on 6 seperate floppy disks...not CD's....they haven't had the forethought to put the ISO image of the actual CD up yet (why...i don't know)

the easiest way would be (as said already) to find a friend that has a version of XP that matches the version your key is for and just copy their disk
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Howdy:

Actually, if you registered your XP install and you were using a retail XP cd, all you need to do is call Microsoft and they will ship you a new cd for a very nominal fee. Last I heard it was the cost of shipping only.

You may have to give your product/key code as proof but that is minor.

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Yea it's just sorta weird. I mean you did pay for the thing, but downloading it off the Internet mean its pirating. Anyways I guess I'll have to get a disk somewhere.
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Deviatorz,

You can Call microsoft with your CD key tell them your story see what they are able to do.
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There is no legal place to download Windows. No, if you use a pirated version of Windows, no updates are available. Your best bet is to locate your valid XP CD.
Johanna


That was not needed information.

Edited by Murray S., 22 November 2007 - 10:04 PM.

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