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Install XP home from friends disc?

by johnhibbert21 / March 27, 2006 10:26 PM PST

My PC came with Windows 98SE pre-installed, so therefore I have no original Windows cd. I had to use the key number from my first Windows 98, ( which was a copy ), to activate the Windows 98SE. A friend of mine has the Windows Xp home full retail disc which he has installed just on his PC. Another friend has the OEM version installed on his PC. They both say I could use their disc to install on my Pc, but I am not so sure. Could I use either of these discs to install on my PC with no problems? Or what problems would there be?
Thank You

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XP's license has teeth. Not just bark.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2006 10:30 PM PST

You can do this, but it will not activate and then fail to boot in about a month.


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by joesmithers06 / March 27, 2006 10:40 PM PST

So long as you have your own license and key, there's no problem using someone else's disc. Otherwise, as stated, it will lock you out in about a month.

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will it work?
by johnhibbert21 / March 28, 2006 7:21 PM PST
In reply to: Sure

At the risk of sounding stupid, do you mean the license and key my friend has with his disc or does it have to be mine?

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It has to be yours
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 7:57 PM PST
In reply to: will it work?

Lets be clear about this.

If you intend to use someone else's XP disk to install Windows XP on your own computer, you are in danger of violating Microsoft's Piracy rules. They can and will prosecute in such cases.

If you have your own license and key, then you can use your friend's CD to install XP, but you will have to enter your own license details during the installation.

If you don't have one, then you can phone Microsoft and ask if you can purchase a legitimate license.


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It will not "activate" and will fail in 28 days.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 8:04 PM PST
In reply to: will it work?

Without activation, you will have just so many days to get your license and key before it locks you out of the machine.


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Not the right forum to ask about copying
by SIRKGM14vg / March 28, 2006 11:52 PM PST

First, I'm just going to state that you should be obtaining your own version of Windows. Microsoft now tracks people using their Windows Update site by authenticating the machine that is requesting updates. Not to good if you have a copied version of Windows, or you are using someone else?s.

But, nonetheless, as long as you have a Key for Windows XP, you should be able to install and run the operating, however, new measures by Microsoft might not let you activate the key over the internet rendering your software useless after 30 days.

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