putting one xp home cd on multiple computers

By Rockfan1815 ยท 14 replies
Mar 30, 2005
  1. I own two computers, both at my house, Is it legal to put my windows xp cd on both computers using the same cd key. My computers are hooked up to my home network/router with my cable modem hooked up to it. Is it alright to use the same cd on multiple computers, with internet on both.
  2. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Its not "legal" by M$ documents...but...;)
  3. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    NOPE not legal but people do it all the time...
  4. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    People shoot people all the time to... :D
  5. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 92


    That was totally unrelated and inappropriate.
  6. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    im just taking a guess about this, but arent you behind a router, using NAT.
    Therefore if MS were tracking it, they would see the router giving out the CD key so if they were the same im guessing it would only give it once. And surely there must be some way.

    Also could you not network them using a "crossover" cable, and then the second computer would have a LAN IP like 192.168.0.XXX. Ive heard that this kind of connection is not "allowed" is this true or what?
  7. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    ....went over your head ,to.
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Do you really think Microsoft is that dumb to track their Windows copies by IP addresses?
    The Windows activation thing is done through hashes that take all the hardware installed on your computer into account. So if you want your computers to be indistinguishable then they have to be identical hardware wise.

    Besides, MS is not pursuing people using illegal copies they find out about with the snooping so you can probably install that XP on several computers and get away with it.
    In any case it is illegal. You are allowed to use that XP on only one computer at a time.
  9. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    According to a Microsoft Executive( PC world, Fall 04)
    "You can only install 1 instance of windows on 1 machine per license."
  10. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92


    who cares how many computers u installit on , or how many serials u use aslong as u dont get caught.
  11. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    yea "as long as you dont get caught", does anyone actually know if/how they are tracking it?
  12. nellakita

    nellakita TS Rookie Posts: 45

    dont worry

    ms is unable to track xp or what keys you use wether its a fake key or the original key as per ms internet news posting what they are doing is that all the newer xp os versions you get with your comp or buy you will have to personaly call in and activate it, instead of online as per ms news posting all older versions of xp are a lost which means they arent doing anything about them so do as you please but if youd like to have the lasted version of xp you ll have to call in now i dont remember when this starts but it starts this year sometime so you dont have anything to worry about
    you will know if you have to call in to activate the new versions because after you install the newer versions of the xp os it will freeze with a white screen and a number for you to call
  13. nellakita

    nellakita TS Rookie Posts: 45

    dont worry

    just to let you know if you go to future shop,radio shack,visions,any comp store they all use one xp os install disk for each version to install the os on the computers and then they just type in any code this is how when you buy a comp the xp cd and booklet has never being opened they use the cd over and over agian second of all each version only has 12 different codes per version so there are many many duplicate codes out there the first xp home edition only had 4 different codes example my cousin has the same code as i do and we both have xp home both bought xp home from two different store two different provinces
  14. Rockfan1815

    Rockfan1815 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    would it be legal if I didn't put internet on the second computer because the second computer I just use for when people come over my house so they can play against me and my brother who also has his own custom computer.
  15. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    btw if u use fake multicomputer licence i dont think they are gunna track u , for ex u can take some schools licence or some other companie's
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