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K. Prophett

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Ok I borrowed a copy of the Windows XP Home Edition from a friend to reuse for my computer. But I will most likely have to return it eventually. Is there a way that I can burn Windows XP to a CDR disk that works as a functional boot disk if I have further problems with my system?
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Howdy:

Is this XP Home version already installed on your friends system??

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K. Prophett...

As per Microsoft's Licensing Agreement, one copy, one machine. To try and put XP on two machines using a single CD would violate this licensing agreement and you will not be able to activate or update Windows XP. Not only that, but it is considered Piracy and Geeks to Go will not assist anyone using pirated software.

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K. Prophett...

As per Microsoft's Licensing Agreement, one copy, one machine. To try and put XP on two machines using a single CD would violate this licensing agreement and you will not be able to activate or update Windows XP.


I think you'll find the agreement is one Licence for one machine, not one CD for one machine. The CD you use to install from doesn't matter, its the 25 digit key (and sticker if appropriate) that you pay for

If the original poster has used his friend's Product Key while he's still using it then yes, that does become a violation of the terms. but there's nothing that says you have to use the same CD every time on a particular machine.
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No its no longer on his computer. He has switched from PC to MAC but I dont know if he will want it back or not. I understand the Piracy laws and I know about the EULA that microsoft has.
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K. Prophett...

Neil Jones is absolutely correct, and I stand corrected. If the key is to be used on a different machine it may have to be registered via a telephone call to Microsoft to explain the change in ownership of the license.

When I referred to the piracy issue, I was commenting on making a copy of the cd which was to be returned...this IS a violation...and would likely cause more problems than it would cure anyway. If you want a bootdisk set that will work for XP, they can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.

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Okay thanks for the help guys.
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When I referred to the piracy issue, I was commenting on making a copy of the cd which was to be returned...this IS a violation...and would likely cause more problems than it would cure anyway.


But having said this, since the original poster has stated that the previous owner now has a MAC and therefore will have no further no need for a Windows CD or key (assuming no other Windows systems are present), then he will have no need to copy the CD, providing his friend is willing to transfer both the CD and the Product Key to him.

But this logic assumes that the XP in question is what's known as a Retail Edition - ie if it was bought from Amazon or wherever. Those can be transferred from system to system as many times as needs be. OEM editions cannot legally be transferred from the system they came with.
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Correct, Neil.

OEM editions licenses travel with the machine

Retail editions licenses travel with the owner
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