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I wish my eyes were never opened...Installing Windows Legally RRS feed

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  • I am a computer repair guy and after reading an article by Ed Bott on CNet, "Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally". I have concluded Microsoft makes it impractical for a lower middle class to low class person to have a legal windows computer. Especially if God forbids it breaks. He mentioned it briefly at the end of the article but didnt go into detail, but if you have an old Windows XP Home machine that hard drive crashes, you cant restore it from the built in restore, user didnt make restore disks (or lost them or was used when they got it), you cant use just the OEM key to reinstall, you cant get the software from the manufacture anymore, cant install an upgrade to a new OS (because you dont have the original OS), cant install a system builder version that can be bought for reasonable price since the machine isnt new and to be resold, cant legally put a Refurbisher COA and install a newer OS since once again not re-selling it, but the only LEGAL option is to go out and buy a $180ish new Windows 7 Retail copy (if their system can handle it) and expect this low income person to pay for a replacement hard drive AND my labor????? WTF!!! Welcome to my world as a (God knows I try) honest computer guy, and what we have to go through....to be "legal" in Microsofts eyes....

    Update: I called Microsoft Activations and he said use the key on the machine to activate??? So if Microsoft says I can break the rules does that make them liable, and then Microsoft will sue...Microsoft?? :)


    • Edited by Dogboy1 Monday, January 23, 2012 5:06 AM
    Monday, January 23, 2012 4:15 AM

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  • If you are in the UK then the manufacturer is legally obliged to provide a new copy of the software. I am assuming you are in the UK because of the time this was written however... apologies if not.
    Monday, January 23, 2012 2:33 PM
  • If you are in the UK then the manufacturer is legally obliged to provide a new copy of the software. I am assuming you are in the UK because of the time this was written however... apologies if not.


    lol. No unfortuntley I am in the US. I was just reading all the various EULA and OEM terms that Microsoft has online, and was "enjoying" them so much I lost track of time. :)

     

    After talking to various computer people we have concluded that Microsoft isn’t as bad as they seem on paper. They are just being through so that if needed they could wield their mighty legal sword. I would hope they would go after the major pirates that I see daily on websites who offer 5 year old machines with Windows 7 Ultimate, Office 2010 Pro, and a host of other software that cost major money verses a guy trying to reinstall a obsolete OS on a poor persons computer. (hint hint mr microsoft lawyer) :)


    • Edited by Dogboy1 Monday, January 23, 2012 11:29 PM
    Monday, January 23, 2012 11:22 PM