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Unlicensed Windows XP

Apparently the person who gave me my computer used an unlicensed version of XP. I can't install any upgrades because of this.
I have a Windows XP disc, that was given to me by someone else a few years ago. I had no problem getting updates on that computer.
My question is........what is required for me to install the XP that I know I can update?


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A legal license

In reply to: Unlicensed Windows XP

A legal license is what is required. You have a couple of options as I see it.

1: Find a retailer still selling copies of XP
2: Call Microsoft and try to buy a second license for the computer with the pirated version
3: Forget Windows and install Linux

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Legal License?

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Since the disc I have from an old system accepted updates wouldn't that imply that it has the license? Couldn't I just use that one?


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In theory no.

In reply to: Legal License?

But the license has a mind of its own. It will enforce the license issue so no one knows until you try.

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Do I need to do a clean install?

In reply to: In theory no.

Will the install replace the one that's on my computer now? Do I have to copy everything and then reinstall it?



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OEM versions are unlike Retail.

In reply to: Do I need to do a clean install?

You don't know till you try. Please don't do this if you have files that have no backups.

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In reply to: OEM versions are unlike Retail.

To all that responded with answers for me!


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