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Old 05-16-03, 10:20 AM   #1
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Is there any way to uninstall Windows XP?

Here's the deal.

Last year, my ex girlfriend got me an academic copy of Windows XP Pro (full version - not the upgrade) through the University of Wisconsin. A few days ago she recieved an email from UW announcing that UW has changed its license agreements with Microsoft:

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If you wish to continue using Windows and Office, you must purchase a buyout license, which will legalize ongoing use of those products. The reduced-price buyout licenses will be available through 6/15/03 for a price of $45.00. (Price will be $60.00 after 6/15/03.) If you choose not to purchase a buyout license, you must remove the software from your computer no later than July 31, 2003. See WISC Products page, "New and Ongoing Students" button:
She now lives in Pennsylvania, and told me that she can't help me with this one. (That's a longer story.) I can't buy it out, myself because I have no ties to UW anymore.

So, what are my options?

1) Am I screwed?

2) Can I uninstall Windows XP, and install a retail version?

3) Can I get out of this mess that I put myself in, by buying a license through Microsoft?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-16-03, 10:21 AM   #2
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Let's keep the suggestions legal.
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Old 05-16-03, 10:39 AM   #3
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This is why you should always ignore emails from ex girlfriends.
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Old 05-16-03, 10:50 AM   #4
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I think there's a very high probability she just made up the e-mail and there's no requirement to remove XP from your computer. I would only accept a direct e-mail from the university as the authority.
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Old 05-16-03, 11:07 AM   #5
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I think there's a very high probability she just made up the e-mail and there's no requirement to remove XP from your computer. I would only accept a direct e-mail from the university as the authority.
http://wiscweb5.wisc.edu/wisc//UW_Madison/st_news.html
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Old 05-16-03, 11:08 AM   #6
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I'm going to purchase the full version of XP through newegg.com.

Can I overinstall it on my system?
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Old 05-16-03, 11:12 AM   #7
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I believe it is possible to "overinstall", but I would not recommend it. Too much clutter. Personally, I would backup my essential files, and reformat and install the full version of XP on it.
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When you installed it did it require a Key or the WPA?
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Old 05-16-03, 11:51 AM   #9
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When you installed it did it require a Key or the WPA?
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Old 05-16-03, 01:53 PM   #10
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Students must remove those Microsoft products acquired through the current contract unless they graduate or leave the University by the time the contract expires.
Your not there anymore, so this applies to you! right?!?!?
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Old 05-16-03, 02:14 PM   #11
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Your not there anymore, so this applies to you! right?!?!?
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Old 05-16-03, 03:46 PM   #12
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As long as you paid for a valid key, you should be fine with the currently installed version. They're actually not THAT strict where it must be the same key.. Hell, even leave the purchased one sealed just for kicks. You really shouldn't have anything to worry about though.
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Old 05-16-03, 03:53 PM   #13
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As long as you paid for a valid key, you should be fine with the currently installed version. They're actually not THAT strict where it must be the same key.. Hell, even leave the purchased one sealed just for kicks. You really shouldn't have anything to worry about though.
I would agree with this (except for leaving the purchased one sealed, open it so it looks like you are not trying to resell it)


but it is not like anything will ever come of it anyway.


If you are worried search google for "Change XP KEY" and download a little utility or follow the steps to change to your current install to your new key. It is very simple.

I would not re-install over this.
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Old 05-16-03, 04:00 PM   #14
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As long as you paid for a valid key, you should be fine with the currently installed version. They're actually not THAT strict where it must be the same key.. Hell, even leave the purchased one sealed just for kicks. You really shouldn't have anything to worry about though.
From what I've read in the license agreement on the Microsoft website, the burden of ensuring that the OS is uninstalled from the system owned by the expired license holder falls on the University, and not Microsoft.

I may be in the clear here.

Thanks for everyone's help.

Any further input would be welcome.
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Old 05-16-03, 07:40 PM   #15
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I wouldn't worry about it unless you tried to reinstall it at some point and the key stopped working
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Old 05-16-03, 09:55 PM   #16
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Only reason I say leave it sealed is so if for some strange reason it was actually checked, you'd have proof that you have a valid key that has definately not been installed elsewhere (since it's sealed).
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