113263Re: [mach1mach2cnc] Using windows XP
- Oct 1, 2009FocusKnobs wrote:
> Wow! Looks like I really stirred up a hornets' nest. <g>See my other post ;)
> Guys, I never said that it wasn't physically POSSIBLE to transfer an OEM
> license to another machine. Obviously, there are many, many ways to do
> My point is that it is not LEGAL to do so. There has been some very bad
> advice given here about transferring an OEM license to another machine.
> Yes, it can be done. I just want everyone to be fully aware that this IS
> illegal, and anyone who gives advice on HOW to do it is promoting an
> illegal act.
There is NOTHING illegal about using a license you hold as long as it is
only active on one machine.
There is also nothing illegal about buying a basic 'vista' license and
then installing W2k on the machine if your software will not run on
vista ( and I have some software which WILL only run on W2k and there is
currently no alternative as the company went bust! ).
What IS currently illegal is NOT allowing us to buy a vista license and
install an existing copy of XP for the same reason. M$'s 'downgrade'
option is currently being looked at in court, and may well be illegal,
but the fact that we need a unique license key to install a copy of XP
actually breaks a previous court ruling on this! The court has already
ruled that it perfectly legal to buy a current license but install an
older copy of windows IF THAT IS REQUIRED TO RUN YOUR SOFTWARE. M$ can't
FORCE us to upgrade our other legally held software, they have to
provide a means that we can continue to use it.
W2k may no longer be supported, but it is not illegal to use it ;)
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