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Snoflake

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My 89 yr old mother-in-law bought a desktop from an estate sale. Said she was told it had a 'pirated' copy of XP on it. Called me to find out what that was. She only wanted the computer to do e-mail and FaceBook with the grandkids and great-grandkids. Said she only paid $20 and wanted to know if I could "fix" it. Now, I do have a legal copy of XP that was on a computer that has long since bit the dust. The XP program was an upgrade from ME. I would like to help her and wonder if I could take my upgrade legal CD of XP and just put it in the machine and copy over the 'pirated' copy?
 

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Hi,
My mother in law (similar age to yours) was stuck with a pirated copy of XP by her helpful(!!??) son - it was awful ... nothing worked etc etc. She too only uses it for browsing & email.

I therefore wiped her desktop by installing a free & legal operating system called Ubuntu. Download the .iso image, burn to CD, boot machine from that CD and click install using the defaults. My mum in law has had no trouble at all adjusting to a different o/s.

The current Ubuntu version needs a DVD & an older desktop might not boot from DVD, but there's a "lighter" version of Ubuntu called Lubuntu that fits on a CD.

Ubuntu info: http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/features
Lubuntu info: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu

I hope this suggestion is of interest?

Richard
 

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The XP program was an upgrade from ME.
Was the ME OEM? If so, the XP Upgrade became OEM (locked to that machine) when it replaced the ME. If this is the case then the XP license prevents it from being transferred to a different machine.

If you try Ubuntu/Lubuntu and neither work for some reason try the much smaller Puppy Linux.
 

DaveBurnett

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You can use the CD, BUT you will have to pay for a proper licence.
You can do that over the phone (or possibly online) and MS will give you a key after taking your money.
When it asks for the licence key choose the option to ring MS.
 

Snoflake

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Thanks all, talked to MIL this morning told her that she would have to pay for a legal copy of XP probably cost about $99. She said if that was the case, she" would just buy one of those $199 'things' (meaning laptop) at Walmart and get all the update stuff". No guessing what the elderly will do or what Walmart is selling things for.
 

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Still worth trying Richard's Linux suggestion. For using a browser and email Linux is at least as good and easy and faster than Windows.
 
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