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Rogue`    0

I bought WinXP Pro when it first came out, and after a year i got really ****ed off with having to activate it everytime i reinstalled, I also got really ****ed off when I had to phone them to get a new code everytime I upgraded my PC. So i ended up downloading a corp version.

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nite2kx    0
Stole a legal copy from work. hmmm that didn't make too much sense

LOL that was funny man

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erp    0

XP Pro Corporate is what XP Pro should have been in the first place - a good OS without the activation crap.

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nite2kx    0

Exactly dude

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Phoenix2004    0

I voted other....

Windows 1 - 2 = illegal (they where never made public, but I do have a copy of each. Downloaded them.)

Windows 3.0 = Legal (gift from friend)

Windows 3.1 = Legal (also, gift from friend)

Windows 3.11 = Legal (gift from another friend)

Windows 95 = illegal (someone gave me a copy)

Windows NT = illegal (I downloaded if online, way after XP came out)

Windows 98 = illegal (someone game me a copy)

Windows 98SE = Legal (gift from a friend)

Windows ME = Legal (Came both with my computer & a full free version from a rebate offer)

Windows 2000 = Legal (gift from a friend)

Windows 2000 Server = illegal (I was trying to download Linux, but got this. Imagine my surprise)

Windows 2000 Advanced Server = illegal (also downloaded when trying to get Linux)

Windows XP Home = 50% Legal / 50% illegal

My first paid OS & for what ever reason, the CD key didn't work. I had been alpha & beta testing this for a long time, so when it hit the store, you bet your a**, I paid for a full version copy. I also wanted to see if an easter egg (with my name in it), had made the final version (it didn't).

Anyways, it would install, but it wouldn't activate. I called up Microsoft & told them my CD key, but no matter how much I tried to explain myself, they told me the CD key was no good. I even tried to return my copy, in exchange for another copy, but was told I couldn't.

Anyways, I downloaded a key maker & from there, I was able to activate my copy of windows xp. Lucky for me, the CD key worked on Sp1, Sp1a, but when sp2 come along, I ran into the same problem... Install, but no activate. I called up Microsoft & gave them the key I made on the key maker. They said the key was "good" & they couldn't understand why I couldn't clear through the system, so they gave me a new key, free of charge. ;)

I latter called again, about the key I had legally paid for & it's still listed as no good.

Windows XP Pro Corp = Legal (Given to me, from a friend who works for M$)

Linux = Legal (free downloads)

Mac OS 8 = illegal

Mac OS 9 = illegal

Mac OS X = illegal

I've been one of the few hopeless people, trying to get it to run on a PC. When that day happens, I have ever plan on buying a full version, legal copy.

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Veiva    200
I voted other....

Windows 1 - 2 = illegal (they where never made public, but I do have a copy of each. Downloaded them.)

Windows 3.0 = Legal (gift from friend)

Windows 3.1 = Legal (also, gift from friend)

Windows 3.11 = Legal (gift from another friend)

Windows 95 = illegal (someone gave me a copy)

Windows NT = illegal (I downloaded if online, way after XP came out)

Windows 98 = illegal (someone game me a copy)

Windows 98SE = Legal (gift from a friend)

Windows ME = Legal (Came both with my computer & a full free version from a rebate offer)

Windows 2000 = Legal (gift from a friend)

Windows 2000 Server = illegal (I was trying to download Linux, but got this. Imagine my surprise)

Windows 2000 Advanced Server = illegal (also downloaded when trying to get Linux)

Windows XP Home = 50% Legal / 50% illegal

My first paid OS & for what ever reason, the CD key didn't work. I had been alpha & beta testing this for a long time, so when it hit the store, you bet your a**, I paid for a full version copy. I also wanted to see if an easter egg (with my name in it), had made the final version (it didn't).

Anyways, it would install, but it wouldn't activate. I called up Microsoft & told them my CD key, but no matter how much I tried to explain myself, they told me the CD key was no good. I even tried to return my copy, in exchange for another copy, but was told I couldn't.

Anyways, I downloaded a key maker & from there, I was able to activate my copy of windows xp. Lucky for me, the CD key worked on Sp1, Sp1a, but when sp2 come along, I ran into the same problem... Install, but no activate. I called up Microsoft & gave them the key I made on the key maker. They said the key was "good" & they couldn't understand why I couldn't clear through the system, so they gave me a new key, free of charge. ;)

I latter called again, about the key I had legally paid for & it's still listed as no good.

Windows XP Pro Corp = Legal (Given to me, from a friend who works for M$)

Linux = Legal (free downloads)

Mac OS 8 = illegal

Mac OS 9 = illegal

Mac OS X = illegal

I've been one of the few hopeless people, trying to get it to run on a PC. When that day happens, I have ever plan on buying a full version, legal copy.

Eeeeeek! I have no illegal software. I know it costs so much, but when you get it, it is worth the money. Oh, and it is MS. Whenever somebody says 'MS' with a United States Dollar sign....

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islanq    0

Windows XP hustla...

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oldmate15    10

Came with the computer.

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insanekiwi    0

got a cd via my dads company.

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frankchn    0

came with my dell laptop

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cdcase    0

3.1 - bought it retail

95 - copied a friend's floppies

98 - bought it retail

98SE - stole it from work

ME - copied a friend's CD (what a crap version of OS that was!)

XP pro - copied a friend's CD (MCSE)

No, I don't feel guilty. MS has TENS OF BILLIONS in cash and yet still they charge an arm, a leg, and half a gonad for their software. I have a few THOUSAND. They won't miss my money. Besides, I work developing computers for a major corporation and support the Wintel monopoly in that fashion. That's my contribution to their success. In return, I think a free OS is a reasonable kickback.

If XP Pro without WPA was $100 out the door I would buy it happily. I buy SuSe Pro yearly @ $79, and I am praying for the day that their hardware support and gaming titles rival Windows. When it does - goodbye Microsoft!

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Nathanael    0

Where does a MSDN Universal subscription go?

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MrRogers    0
no, get linux and screw microsoft. 

I would, but I still want to be able to do useful things with my computer.

I totally agree.

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pb186    0

bought an oem copy of 2000 but installed it on the 5 machines in my house. The software is legal, just not how I'm using it ;).

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cal2002    0

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for XP Pro

Yes - 10 license via MSDN for XP Home

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for XP MCE

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for XP Tablet

Yes - Purchase one OEM copy at local PC store

Yes - Was given retail copy of XP Pro

Yes - Purchase XP Home upgrade

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for Win2K

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for 98

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for Server Wk3 (Standard, web, Ent - 10 for each iirc)

Yes - 10 licenses via MSDN for WinNT (Workstation, server, ent Server - 10 for each iirc)

Ya, also 10 for ME (but who cares?)

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jkinzer    0

Other: Got XP Pro from my school's Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance.

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Dogmeat of Purgatory    0

Got XP Home OEM when I built my computer :D

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