Win XP license question

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by jkoXP, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    Is it true that you can install your single XP CD on two computers in your home? A friend said he was able to, but had to call MS to get the activation. MS told him that he can install it on two PCs.
     
  2. kyndl7

    kyndl7 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Ya you could, but when you call MS they will make you pay for another license;)
     
  3. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    No, he said that when he called they said in the EULA that you can install it on 2 PC's that are within your house.
     
  4. kyndl7

    kyndl7 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Hmmm interesting. Is it limited to only 2 pc's in your house or any in your house?
     
  5. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    He said only two in your household. I was hoping that this is true so I wouldn't have to buy another copy.
     
  6. jkipk

    jkipk OSNN Addict

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    From the MS XP Home Home Page:

    Can I make a second copy of my Windows operating system software for my portable computer?

    The End-User License Agreement (EULA) for many Microsoft application software products contains the following sentence: "The primary user of the computer on which the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is installed may make a second copy for his or her exclusive use on a portable computer." If your EULA contains this sentence, then, subject to the conditions mentioned, you may make a second copy of the software. Note that you must be the primary user of the computer on which the software is installed. The primary user is the individual who uses the computer most of the time it is in use. Only that individual is entitled to use the second copy. Furthermore, the software must be installed on the local hard disk of your computer; you are not entitled to make and use a second copy on your portable computer if you run the primary copy of the software from a network server. Finally, only one secondary copy may be made; you may install this copy on more than one portable computer.

    Please note that many Microsoft products are copy protected and it will not be technically possible to make a second copy of the disk. If you are a Licensee of software that includes copy protection technology, please call the Product Support Services number provided for that specific product to learn whether or not unencrypted disks can be obtained



    You can check your EULA:

    For more information, see the End-User License Agreement, located at Systemroot\System32\eula.txt

    I'm running the Win2003 Server eval and don't have xp home installed or I'd look it up for you. This is probably what was being referred to. I know I have been asked if the activation was for a "single computer" when I had to do the phone thing so I dunno but....


    kip
     
  7. kohlerjd

    kohlerjd Guest

    I also have been asked if my copy of Windows XP Pro was installed on only one computer. I do know that Microsoft Office XP can be installed on one main computer and a laptop as the previous post states but I don't believe that applies to Windows. Hope that helps.
    Jeff
     
  8. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    I saw that in the EULA. But it's not a laptop, it's another PC. I wish MS would allow that, I am trying to do the right thing and not pirate. :(

    On a side note, I have the Win2k3 server eval too.. I couldn't believe how fast it booted up!
     
  9. jkipk

    jkipk OSNN Addict

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    Of course you can legally install the eval on up to 8 computers, so that might be a short term option. Does the "portable computer" language show up in your Windows XP EULA? If it does and you are the sole user of these computers I guess you could lug the second one around the room once in a while to satisfy the "portable" issue. Up to you. Question is will it activate (probably not automatically, and the question is will MS Activation customer service allow it). If you try it post back with the results either way.

    kip
     
  10. Erbmaster

    Erbmaster Moderator Folding Team

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    We've had Win2K "sticker-licences" on the side of some Dell machines at work recently, and they claim to be 1-2 CPU licences.

    Personally I dunno whether this applies to actual CPU cores in one machine or whether the reference is for 2 machines/users.
    I reckon it means 1 machine myself, but I haven't looked into this.

    Maybe your mate is getting the 1-2CPU/1-2 User's confused?
    Many people refer to the base unit as the "cpu".
    Just a thought ;)
     
  11. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

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    Unless it was installed on one machine first and then installed on the 2nd, and the MS people thought it was a clean install on his 2nd pc and he was no longer using XP on the 1st pc?

    I didnt realise there was something like this in the EULA - I think I'll have a read over mine later.
     
  12. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    Straight from the MS XP EULA

     
  13. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    I'll try it sometime then. When they say portable, does it have to be a laptop? Because I will move the PC around somethimes. ;)

    Does this go for Office also?
     
  14. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    edit, i better not tell you what to say on the phone :)
     
  15. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    just ring them + say it's a laptop ;)
     
  16. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    Wouldn't they be able to tell by the hardware?

    What about Office?
     
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  18. jkoXP

    jkoXP Guest

    And MS wonders why people pirate. They need to loosen up on their rules.