EULA question?

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by JConLine, Aug 15, 2010.

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  1. JConLine

    JConLine Registered Member

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    I should know this but I don't.

    On my ASUS laptop I currently have a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I have a second HD that I would like to make another dual-boot systen with Windows 7 and PCLinusOS. So can I use the same Windows 7 on each HD, as the laptop can use only one HD at a time. It takes about a minute to change hard drives, what do you think?

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  2. wearetheborg

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    Why not just have a triple boot system?
     
  3. JConLine

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    Well, the current dual-boot HD has fixed partitions with no free space on the HD. In addition, everything is working and I don't want to mess around with that HD.

    What do you think about another dual-boot HD using the same Windows 7, is that legal?

    Jim
     
  4. Kerodo

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    If you try to put 7 on a 2nd HD, it won't activate. I don't know if it's legal or not, but you will run into that problem.
     
  5. JConLine

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    If I had a HD failure and installed Windows 7 to a new HD, it wouldn't activate? My laptop can have only one HD at a time, and the HD's are used only for this laptop, so I would have Windows 7 installed to only the original computer.

    Jim
     
  6. Kerodo

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    Yes, that happened to me. Had 7 installed and the HD went bad. Installed a new HD, and then installed 7, but it wouldn't activate. It takes a hardware profile I guess, so it knew the HD had changed. I had to activate by phone, one of the options it gives you when it fails. I went thru the steps and it gave me the code needed to activate it. You'd need to check with MS on what's legal and what's not for your situation.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, I think I'll get a XP off of ebay and save myself some problems.

    Jim
     
  8. wearetheborg

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    I'm not sure how legal the ebay OS's are..

    Another option for you is the following: make a backup image of Ubuntu onto an external harddrive (there are free imaging utilities http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm see what works with ext3/ext4); nuke ubuntu; reinstall ubuntu from image onto a smaller partition (grub will have to be reinstalled from a ubuntu cd), then install PCLinusOS onto the remaining space. You can reuse the swap space. Keep the /home partitions small for both ubuntu and PCLinusOS. Have a seperate partiton called /data or something that can be accessed from both the linux distros where your main data will be stored.
     
  9. JConLine

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    I contacted Microsoft this morning and they said it was ok to install Windows 7 to the second hard drive, they also gave me the phone number to activate. And, I can switch between drives without violating the licensing agreement.

    Jim
     
  10. Kerodo

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    Hey, good news. I kinda figured that would be the case.... now you're all set.
     
  11. wearetheborg

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    I still dont like the idea of switching HDDs repeatedly, the jerks involved...can damage the HDDs over time..
    I'd rather recomend getting a 500GB or more HDD and installing win 7 + Ubuntu+PClinux on it.
     
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