Using a corporate editon of XP with personal serial number

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  1. q1aqza

    q1aqza Registered Member

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    I can get hold of a copy of a corporate edition of Win XP Pro that, so I’m told, doesn’t need activating. Will it be legal for me to use it so long as I enter my legal serial numbers that are on the labels on my PCs? I’m not planning to do this in the very near future but when I do get around to rebuilding the PCs at home I was thinking of using that version instead.

    I know activation isn’t a big deal but anything to avoid being forced to send information to M$ always feels good to me !
     
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    No it's not legal. And besides a non corp key won't work on XP corp.
     
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    q1aqza Registered Member

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    Thanks. I could have sat there for 40 mins watching an install then discover the serial won't work !

    I'm curious as to why it's not legal though considering it is still the same OS and the PCs are all licensed for XP. Also some PCs don't even come with the XP install disk!
     
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    Versions of WinXP (i.e., Home, Media Center, Pro. and Corp.) have their own unique series of key-codes assigned by Microsoft and they are not interchangeable (btw, the versions all differ in some respect and therefore are not really the same OS)!

    At times, the need to activate (and especially, re-activate) software can be a pain in the neck, but that's 'the price' we have to pay because of software-piracy.
     
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    zapjb Registered Member

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    MS has a very restrictive EULA on their software.

    One example. If you buy or sell a used computer with MS software on it or just used or opened software. It is illegal for the recipient to own & or use that software. It is illegal for the original owner to sell the software.
     
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    IMHO, this part of EULA was put to trash some years ago in Europe :), i have to look it up. If not i sold illegal my Laptop with preinstalled software to my sister. Will call my sister that she makes fdsik C:.
     
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    Well I just took a MS quiz a couple months ago. For some freebie. The EULA was part of it. So it's in the EULA. Btw MS reneged on the freebie.
     
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