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If you are someone who is supposed to have my address and home phone number but doesn't, drop me an email and I'll send it to you.
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webdiva From: webdiva Date: May 7th, 2002 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
i dont have it! *waving hands wildly* oh but wait i don't think i am supposed to LOL ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2002 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Unrelated question...


I'm just a lurker - but hope you don't mind answering a question. I think I recall that you installed XP on your computer. I also installed the upgrade to mine -- I was wondering if you had installed it on more than one machine? Does this ACTIVATION thingy prevent that? I would like to upgrade my laptop as well. Having a little trouble being able to ascertain what the limitations are on the Microsoft website...yet I hate that I purchased it and cannot do both...or maybe I'm just misunderstanding this activation thing. Hope this question makes sense.

Thanks SO much - I didn't know who else to ask.

jarrett From: jarrett Date: May 8th, 2002 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unrelated question...

I bought XP and did a clean install on one of my computers. On the retail version, the activation would prevent you from installing it on more than one computer, but there are ways around it.

If you want to be brave, just install it on your second computer, then do the phone-in activation and tell them you decided to use it on a different machine. They'll just tell you "okay" and give you the code you need.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2002 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unrelated question...

Thanks so much -- I truly appreciate your help.

From: dark_wolfe Date: May 8th, 2002 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unrelated question...

Beware... more information than you ever wanted to know...

* OEM copies of software (i.e. preinstalled when you bought a computer or purchased from a dealer at the same time as hardware) are licensed only for a single computer, and Microsoft will not give you activation codes to allow you to install it on another computer no matter what. These licenses can NOT be transferred ever to another computer, even if the first one dies. (keep this in mind if you consider buying the OEM copy from a store--some stores, like Fry's Electronics, allow you to buy the OEM copy if you buy any hardware... including a screwdriver). The question that I've never seen answered, is that for a home built computer... what part constitutes the "computer" (if I replace every part except for the power cord, is it still the same computer? :-)

* Retail copies (when you buy the software package sepeartely) is different, you are allowed to transfer between devices. Read Jarrett's comment :-) Not a bad idea to double-check the license agreement, a lot of their recent ones put restrictions (e.g. the latest license agreements allow you to transfer the software to someone else, but only once--and then they're not allowed to ever give it away)

* Site-license versions (so called "corporate versions") have the product activation disabled, to make it easier for network administrators.

* MSDN versions allow you to do product activation on up to 10 computers, usually, before you have to call and explain. (the license is different tho--technically, you can install it on any number of computers, but only a single person is allowed to ever use it, no one else, even if they're all sharing the same computer).

* For Office XP (not Windows XP), if you have the retail version, you are allowed to install it on two computers, if one of them is a laptop. The product activation takes this into account--you usually don't even need to do it over the phone.

* If you're expecting to reformat your computer or do a major upgrade shortly after installing it, DON'T ACTIVATE. It doesn't "force" you to right away. For Windows XP, it'll work for 60 days (I think that's the number) before you have to activate it, but during this time everything is fully functional. For Office XP, some features are disabled (I think you can only open existing documents and spell-check is disabled) until you activate.

damn I'm rambling again--i'll go away now...
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 9th, 2002 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unrelated question...

Wow...NOT rambling at all...great information. Actually (I think) I fall into the "retail copies" section of your post - I bought the XP upgrade (not Office or Professional) so it seems Jarrett's suggestion may be the way to go and it looks like you agree. It's not that I want to install it on millions of machines for billions of friends *insert evil laugh* - just on my PC and my laptop - seems ridiculous to NOT be able to do that. Of course it would be nice to "share" it -- but I'm having enough trouble just getting it on my two machines.

You guys are great -- I already mentioned this but thanks a million -- everyone I know is Mac so the only answer I get to my questions is "Why do you have a PC anyway?"

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