Legal Issues from OEM License RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello all,

    I am just wondering if this is legal with what I am doing.  Almost all new computers that you want windows xp on comes with SP3.  I have a few softwares that need SP2 and if I install SP3 on it, a few glitches pop up on my softwares.  Recently I've bought a new dell workstation that comes with XP PRO SP3.  I have a lot of old dell computers with XP PRO SP2 in my office.  From what I've learned, dell have their OEM license key in the computer's BIOS so when you boot install the OS, it won't ask you for a serial because its dell OS boot CD for dell computers.

    If I do this, just so I could use SP2 and not SP3, am I breaking any law by doing this?  All I want is the SP2 version of XP not the SP3 version.  I've already paid for the SP3 version.

    Thanks in advance,



    Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:00 PM


  • Hello Ron Ge,

    I am not a lawyer (nor do I play a lawyer on TV :-)), but I am 99.999999% certain that if you do what you have described above, no Microsoft EULA Police will be breaking down your door dragging you off to EULA-Jail.

    On a more serious and practical note, Microsoft recently announced http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-XP-SP3-Brings-the-Death-of-SP2-July-13-2010-85986.shtml that it is ending support for XP SP2 installations of Windows.  That's not the end of the world, but it should remind you that from a practical perspective you should be actively pursuing future alternatives to your software programs that are only fully happy when running on XP SP2.

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    Thursday, July 15, 2010 5:54 PM