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Windows Xp Home Question

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by LRH, Jan 13, 2006.

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  1. LRH

    LRH Thread Starter

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    when i bought my PC, i recieved a copy of Windows XP Home Edition [a gold disc] and i attatched my cd key to the side of the tower for my PC... ive come to format the PC, and i cant find the disc, yet i still have my CD Key...

    i was wondering if its illegal, to use my brothers copy of XP Home Edition and use my CD Key?

    or would i have to buy a completely new cd?
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    CD Keys are not tied to physical disks. The only thing is is has to be the same type of disk I.E. A Windows XP Upgrade CD-Key will not work on a Windows XP Full Install CD. A Windows XP OEM CD-Key will not work on an Windows XP Upgrade CD and so fourth.

    As far as legality I wouldn't think its that out of place considering you had originally paid for the media but some people may be a bit more of a stickler on the rules.
     
  3. LRH

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    My brothers disc is exactly the same, its a gold windows XP disc, so im assuming that the CD Key will work for that disc as it did mine...

    I dont want to use it if im going to get penalised for it though... do you think its a safe bet or shall i just buy a new cd?
     
  4. StumpedTechy

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    I say use it... you may have other opinions though.
     
  5. norton850

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    My copy of XP is pre SP1 so if I need to do a clean install I use my son's SP2 copy. Both have been paid for. Two XP licenses two machines. Seems OK to me.
     
  6. LRH

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    i thought it was ok too... but i just thought i would get everyone elses opinion first rather than going ahead and using it


    Thanks guys


    by the way, if anyone reads this and can find fault with what im doing please let me know.

    Thanks x
     
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