Windows XP - Upgrade version v Full prog

  csqwared 18:23 10 Feb 2006

Didn't want to hi-jack the other thread that crumbleeze has running but like to clarify the following:-

If I have one retail copy of Win98 and purchase two upgrade copies of XP can I install them on two different systems?

Does the upgrade version work in the same way as a full retail version in that, if I uninstall on the original system, I can re-install on another system?



  ade.h 18:28 10 Feb 2006

Two answers:

Physically, you can do it. Clean install, pop the 98 disc in when it needs to be checked for validity, then swap discs and carry on with the installation.

Legally, no you can't. One copy of 98 = one installation of XP. Not two.

Up to your conscience, really. I know what I'd do, but you might not like it.

  ade.h 18:30 10 Feb 2006

Oh, and yes to your second question. It's only OEM editions that are tied to a particular PC. My XP upgrade has seen many re-installations on numerous evolutions of the one PC to the point that the current spec is entirely different. Crucially however, it has never been installed on more than one PC at any one time.

  csqwared 18:31 10 Feb 2006

Thanks ade.h ,that's what I thought the answer might be. Does the upgrade work as a full retail version?


  csqwared 18:32 10 Feb 2006

oops, was typing at the same time as you it seems. :-((

Thanks again.


  csqwared 18:33 10 Feb 2006

and just to complete, I'm a conscientious user also. ;-))


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