I would like to know if there is any other operating system, nearly as good as Windows XP Pro, which does NOT NEED activating. Although I purchased a new genuine copy of Windows XP Pro, costing over £200.00, a few years ago, I find Microsofts control over it diabolical. I have upgraded my system twice recently, only to be told it must be reactivated within 30 days etc. As an elderly pensioner, my hobby is building and repairing computers for my grand-children, and due to microsofts control, I cannot install this copy of Windows XP on their computers. I am building a very good quality computer for my daughter-in-laws unisex hair salon, and I cannot install this copy of Windows XP on her computer. Although I did pay over £200.00 for my Windows XP I find microsofts control over the software as totally unacceptable. Any recommendations of similar operating system not needing activated, or any way round these problems would be appreciated. Many thanks to all who take the time to reply.
You won't find any flavour of Linux offers anything like the ease of use or software availability and compatibility of Windows XP. For the new PC you are entitled to buy an OEM Windows disk. Windows XP Home OEM can be had for less than £60.
I appreciate that I can purchase Windows XP Pro or Home cheaper by buying the OEM versions, but this does not eliminate the fact that should any settings be changed, which are unacceptable to microsoft, then all the palava of having the system reactivated comes into play. I would like to avoid all this, hence the need for an alternative Operating System.