Win XP same product key on 2 HDD in same PC

November 15, 2010 at 14:09:56
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Can I install windows xp with the same license key on 2 separate hard drives or partitions on the same computer? Is it in line with the eula and can they both be used successfully?

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#1
November 15, 2010 at 14:11:52
You can't use them at the same time and they are on the same machine. That EULA compliant as far as I am concerned

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#2
November 15, 2010 at 14:25:05
Ditto, I agree with wanderer.

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#3
November 15, 2010 at 15:57:25
From EULA
"1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
display and run one copy of the Software on a single
computer"

It does not say you can install two copies as long as you use only one at a time.

This does not prevent you from having a cloned copy of your installed operating system as a backup in the event of drive failure or system corruption etc, but you cannot legally have two "working" installations even on the same PC unless each is separately licenced.

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#4
November 15, 2010 at 16:00:34
why would you want it licensed on both drives? That is puzzling but not needed as far as I can see

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#5
November 15, 2010 at 16:17:05
Don't take my word for it. Ask Microsoft. The operative word in the EULA is INSTALL.

It only permits the Installation of one copy not two.

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#6
November 15, 2010 at 16:41:09
Thanks all for your input. I want to dual boot and use one installation for casual computing(i.e. Watching videos, listen to music, etc.).The other for audio post production, website creation, etc. I like to keep it on the more utility based side of computing and keep that system "Clean".
So basically it sounds like I could have as many installations as I want as long it is on the same pc. All M.S. would ever see is one O.S. at a time because they all have the identical hardware configuration. As far as doing updates, is there a record kept on M.S. servers on what downloads were to this pc? Would they "see" that I performed the same downloads 2 times?
My thinking was that it would be ok to do this. I just wanted to throw it out there and get
some feedback and that I might have missed something. all thoughts and factual info are greatly appreciated . Thanks.

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#7
November 16, 2010 at 03:34:39
You asked about the legality of your plan not the practicality of it.
It is a breech of the EULA toINSTALL more than one copy of the software. You would have to Activate each separate installation and Activation is something that Msoft does keep track of. Do whatever you want but the EULA is not ambiguous.

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#8
November 16, 2010 at 08:19:41
Richard59 I deal with an entire companies licensing and have for years. I have had conversations with Microsoft employees concerning multiboots in the 2000's.

You can not take one word out of the statement "You may install, use, access,
display and run one copy of the Software on a single computer" like you do with "install"

Point here is you can only use, access, display and run ONE copy on ONE computer in a multiboot situation. You will also find that registering that one copy on the one machine twice is no problem with microsoft. They are only looking for the same copy on a DIFFERENT machine.

Now this would be a different story if you installed xp then loaded a vm and then installed the same xp again. Now you would be running the same copy twice which is a clear violation of the eula.

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#9
November 16, 2010 at 13:22:25
Wanderer, here we come to the way the English language is written, how it developed and how sentence construction cleverly conveys the full meaning of an intended thought or idea using contracted structure.

Look at the sentence in the EULA again and expand it so each verb is directly associated with the object.

You get the following:

You may install one copy of the Software on a single
computer and
You may use one copy of the Software on a single
computer and
You may access one copy of the Software on a single
computer and
You may display one copy of the Software on a single
computer and
You may run one copy of the Software on a single
computer.


I am not taking the word "INSTALL" in isolation. You are choosing to ignore it completely.

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#10
November 17, 2010 at 19:04:02
I really appreciate all the input. There are some very valid thoughts here. It all comes down to 4 possibilities that i can see.
1-install Windows xp on 2nd drive with one already on the 1st drive and see what happens:I love a good mystery.
2-clone the 1st drive with xp already installed and backup on 2nd drive and run both drives systems alternately, since I can only run one at a time anyway.
3-use 2 different installation keys
4-forget about it.

If you don't agree that's fine, but that's the way I see it.


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