Is it time for Linux? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to reinstall XP Pro on my computer. This is the ONLY computer that I have ever installed this software on. I bought it at Fry's. I KNOW that it is genuine. Why can't I load my software on my computer? I don't really care about Microsoft's piracy problems. I do not steal or give software, but I am prohibited from using genuine software that I have paid form on my computer. It's funny, the FAQ that Microsoft provides for WGA doesn't include the question "Why can't I run my genuine software on my machine that it was purchased for?" Instead, it assumes that I'm stealing from them.  Well, I've had it. I have already spent more time with this than it deserves. I say YES, it is definitely time to change to Linux.
    Monday, July 3, 2006 4:41 AM


  • Bruce,

    Please follow these steps for assistance:

    Step 1 is to download and run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, Copy to Clipboard, then paste the report into a response message in this thread.

    Step 2 is to look on the computer or with the materials you received with the computer or with Windows to see if you have a Certificate of Authenticty (COA).  If you have one, tell us about the COA.  Tell us:

    1.  What edition of Windows XP is it for, Home, Pro, or Media Center?

    2.  Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3.  Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4.  DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Monday, July 3, 2006 2:55 PM