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By BorgInva ·
I got a question which several friends are asking me. A few have kids. They give their children their own PCs with Barbie and games and stuff. Some still use 98SE. Others XP Home or Pro.

Let me ask the question this way. Bill has XP Pro on his PC. He bought XP Pro maybe a year ago. He put together a clunker for his daugher (age 7). It runs a copy of his XP Pro (very well I might add, with USB2 and all). (M$ should not expect people to BUY multiple copies of an OS for EVERY PC in 1 home anyway. That should be illegal! It is highway robery). Anyway, when he does the updates for SP2, he, and others I mentioned for the same reasons, are afraid that SP2 will send off that they are suing more than 1 copy of the OS in their homes using the same reg code, and will send the M$ Crooked Cops to bust him into prison with "Bubba."
Bill actually got it from
http://channels.lockergnome.com/it/archives/20040707_xp_sp2_legality_checks_remain.phtml
and of course, it circulated to the rest of us.

So basically, should he and others who use multiple copies of XP Home/Pro in their homes on 1-3 PCs be worried about imprisonment (yes, they think like that) or just worry the patch will not work? Will M$ actually check the vadility of each OS?

Me, personally, I got 1 PC and not even going to bother installing this patch until they have updates for this update. So that is my biggest worry. What about Bill and company?

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by CharTech In reply to XP SP2

If both of these pc's use the same key and you start to update them often enough, MS will eventully block that cetain activation key from being able to access updates. I have heard of people getting letters from MS about software piracy, but i have never heard of the M$ patent lawyers beating down someones door unless they are out on the street selling 100's of copies. The only sure way to upgrade both pc's is to have two legal copies with two different activation keys, there are ways people get around this, but they are illegal (i know you think it shouldn't be ). This has been a long standing debate between users and M$, but until they are no longer the kings of the OS market place, you are pretty much under there terms. To answer the question about whether or not MS checks your key everytime, the article is dead on, they do.

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by BorgInva In reply to

If M$ wants to arrest and sue my friend who is an only mother of 2 who bought her PC form another friend who loaded it up, then those people M$ sends are going straight to **** for being so cruel and money hungry.
You are correct. They can tell if your copy is valid or not.
You can check yourself at
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/windows/default.mspx

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by dmiles In reply to XP SP2

Microsoft may or may not send the cops at your friends,they may send a letter to them explaining the consequences for using the same copy on multiple machines.

The activation key was created to protect against this very situation.

So,your friends have to live with themselves.

If they are so worried about the procedure of reporting after installing SP2,they have a choice of installing or not.

This would be a good time to go to confession,if this worries them so much then they should try buying individual copies.

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by BorgInva In reply to

Confession to another human being is false since no human can forgive sins. Only Jesus can. This is why confession in church is a false method on looking for forgiveness.
Some friends have install SP2 with no problems but are still looking for that letter.
I myself have not installed it yet.

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by TABComputers2002 In reply to XP SP2

While I agree that it's stupid to have to buy copies of an OS for each PC you own, "Big Brother" is making us do it. It wouldn't be a big deal if the price was reasonable for home users. I don't know about you, but I don't have $600 to put a copy on my 3 machines. That's why I have 98SE, W2K and XP home on mine.

Anyways... I heard that by month end, the update will be avail for "free" (shipping and handling not included). Since I heard that even with Broadband, it could take over an hour to download, I'm getting the CD.

Hope "Bill and company" sleep well. Big Brother is watching.

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by BorgInva In reply to

Probably better to download it and burn yourself. Took me 12m to download it at home.

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by BorgInva In reply to XP SP2

Great answers.

I agree about it being best to avoiding ANY problems to have legal copies, but people with kids (I got none yet) do not have $99 a pop for each copy of XP Home. This is why they did on their kids PCs. If I tell them they can get letters, instead of Software Cops, at their door, they will still freak. Wonder how I am going to break the bad news to them. (Janelle, Bill's sister, has 3 kids, 4 PCs, and a bad heart). Gulp!

As I stated, I only have one working PC now (my other 2 blew up, literally) with my XP Pro on it. I plan to download the full Network Admin version. I always do. That is just me. A nice 2xxM download. Let it run over night. Still going to wait for others to try it first for a few months or so.

Now, how does M$ know WHO? runs a cracked copy of XP? Wait, i just answered my question. They monitor the IP, find out what broadband provider issued it, threatens them with a big M$ lawsuit for the user who used it, then goes to the user.

If this is all going to be the case, their home versions should be lic per home, not PC. We all live in a day of home networks (your PC, your spouse, you kids, etc). This is just a way for them to make even more selling their products.
Please, keep sending me more info. Let us share with everyone (before I share it with my friends).

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by BorgInva In reply to XP SP2

The first 3 answers are very helpful. Anymore? Anyone?

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by LMon In reply to XP SP2

I agree with with all the others but I dont think M$ is too concerned about the home user there biggest concern are the companies who have 300 desktops and only have about 275 licenses. The only thing they are doing different is with previous SP you could not install if your key was no good.

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by BorgInva In reply to

Interesting thought.
I keep in mind however the RIAA or something suing a 14yr old girl for downloading music all because she does not have hundreds of $$$ to buy them.

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