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Old 12-12-01, 08:12 PM
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winXP upgrade?

ok, hypothetically, if i have an old copy of win2k or winME or win98SE, can i buy an upgrade of winXP and use it? how does its copy protection work?

that folder option w/ the album covers is pretty sweet!
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Do you mean you have an old burned copy of Windows? And you're asking if you can upgrade to XP from that?
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Re: winXP upgrade?

Originally posted by young
ok, hypothetically, if i have an old copy of win2k or winME or win98SE, can i buy an upgrade of winXP and use it? how does its copy protection work?

that folder option w/ the album covers is pretty sweet!
ok - hypothetically... if you have a pc with a bootleg windows 9x on it, you can go ahead and upgrade to XP using the upgrade CD and then you'll have to use the product key to register - I don't think your old bogus product key for the previous windows would be queried. In other words - you're safe - and microsoft will never know... now they will see all your christina aguilera porn, but that's another forum...

To put it another way - when you upgrade to a new windows OS using an upgrade version, all it does is look for an existing OS so it can save settings and program associations and whatnot. Microsoft only cares that you bought a legit copy of XP when you upgrade to XP - so if you have a bootleg copy of 98 for example with a generic product key you found on the web somewhere or are using a friends or something - as long as the windows 98 product key was good enough to unlock windows98, then it'll be good enough for the XP upgrade to work.

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