I know that you can only use Windows Update with a genuine copy of Windows XP (Professional in my case). If I installed a pirate copy of Office XP on the XP Pro machine, would it be detected by Windows Update and stop me downloading updates, or would I be safe to install it. Since the new office is coming out soon there is no point in paying for XP when it is likely that I will be getting the new one.
This is in no way trying to promote software piracy, and I do not intend this thread to turn into another copyright debate; I just need to know whether it wouldn't stop me downloading updates for Windows.
Sorry - what I meant to say was that it's the service packs I'm worried about, and not the normal updates. I believe that with a pirated version of XP you can't download the service packs.
I only started this thread because I need an office suite on this PC, and I haven't bought one for this machine. I was under the impression that all Microsoft software, like Windows, can only be purchased and installed on one PC because that is all it is licensed for (without going into all the other licensing options). What I wanted to know was, would I be able to install a copy of Office that has been installed on several other PCs (and is actually a copied version) TEMPORARILY until I can get one that's genuine, i.e. the new one? It seemed pointless spending money on one that is soon to be replaced.
It looks like the best option is to buy Office after all.