[ubuntu-uk] [OT] - MS XP Pro OEM CD - How?

Johnathon Tinsley kirrus at kirrus.co.uk
Mon Feb 18 17:10:45 GMT 2008

----- "Pete Stean" <peteste at googlemail.com> wrote:
> If you have valid licence keys, personally I don't see a problem.
> After all, the *licence* is what MS charge you for, *not the media*.
> In fact, I have a slip-streamed XP install disc that I made myself
> that incorporates service pack 2, and you'll even find tips on MS's
> own site on how to create one...  hardly something they'd talk about
> if they thought that act was "illegal"
> [btw it makes my blood boil when people use 'illegal' when talking
> about this stuff. When was the last time someone served jail time
> stuck in a cell with murderers and child molesters because they did a
> one-off copy of some windows software for their own use? Yeah,
> quite...]

The fact that no-one has been prosecuted for it, does not make it illegal. Downloading, for example, Command and Conquer for the PC via torrent is illegal. That won't stop people doing it. 

The slip-streaming is designed for businesses, who are maintaining > 50 machines at once, so a slipstreamed disc or remote installation procedure is very, very handy. 

I know someone who is serving time for downloading movies via torrent. 5 years to be exact, without chance of parole.

As has been suggested before, go read Microsoft's End User Licence Agreement before saying that its ok.

As for media, talk to Microsoft. They're not all ogres, much as some of their departments might act like it.

I would suggest that this topic be ended here, unless the OP has any further questions: it is illegal, leave it at that.



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