When MS ceases to support an operating system

  Graphicool1 15:14 14 May 2011

2 questions...

When MS ceases to support an operating system are you then able to use that disk in another or even other machine/s legally?

Further to this would you still have to go through the 30 days to 'Activate'?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:30 14 May 2011

in another or even other machine/s legally?

only if corporate license for more than one machine

retail version can swap between machines as long as only on one machine at a time

OEM version dies with machine

MS no longer supporting means basically they will no longer do updates and eventually remove ll reference from the knowledge base (try finding much info for 3.1 or 95)

  Ian in Northampton 19:04 14 May 2011

I'm guessing here, but knowing MS's terms of business, I'd guess that any restrictions go on in perpetuity - in fact, to infinity and beyond...

  Graphicool1 19:47 14 May 2011

Ian in Northampton

Well, some years ago MS they made, what ~ on the face of it ~ appeared to be a magnanimous gesture. When they allowed owners of Win95 OS disks to use them in conjunction with Linux systems. In fact ~ as you so succinctly intimated ~ MS don't do nowt for nowt. It was of course a ploy, so there wasn't a mass exodus to Linux, keeping their foot in the door, as it were.

It occurred to me that they might do something similar with XP, for the same reason as before. Thinking, about those so loyal to XP, that haven't moved on through Vista and or Windows7. What will they do, the chances are they might just make the move over to the Linux family. But MS could go some way in preventing this, the same way as with 95. By allowing those of us with XP to update their systems and use it in conjunction with Linux. Enabling as to still run Windows Software.

  Ian in Northampton 08:54 15 May 2011

Graphicool: you/we can dream... :-)

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