A few weeks ago we transulated the Windows XP licence agreement from legal-jargon to english and have had readers ask specific questions about what they are allowed to do with their copies of Windows XP. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.
Are you legally allowed to resell Windows XP Home?
If your copy is marked “Not for Resale” (usually copies that came with hardware such as laptops), You are not allowed to resell these copies of XP.
If your copy is not marked with this (typically XP Home Retail Version) you are allowed to sell your copy of Windows XP, however it is your responsibility to make sure that the buyer agrees to all the rules in the EULA.
Are you allowed to install one copy of Windows on multiple computers?
No. You need a copy of Windows XP for each PC.
How many home computers can install a copy of XP on?
Same as the previous question. If there is only one disk, only One. If each PC has its own legal copy then as much as you like. However if they are all networked together and they are all Windows XP Home, you are not allowed to share files and printers with more than 5 computers.
What the hell! I paid good money for Windows XP and I should be able to install it on as many computers as I want!
That isnt really a question. However, you paid for the license to use WindowsXP on one computer, you do not own the software. There are mutliple computer licenses available at a higher price if you wish to get one.
Are you allowed to use Windows 98 if have XP?
Will Windows XP stop working if I dont activate it?
If the 30 days passes without activation. All of Windows XP’s features will stop working with the exception of the Product Activation feature.
Can I use the Academic version of Windows XP?
Yes, provided you (or your business) are defined as a qualified educational users, these are:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Educational Institutions
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Administrative Offices & Boards of Education
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Teachers, Faculty and Staff
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Public Libraries
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Public Museums
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Home-School Programs
For more information of the definition of these groups please visit This Microsoft Page
What is the different between Windows XP OEM and Retail version?
There is no difference between the actual CDs except retail comes in a box. The only difference is that OEM must be sold along with “internal computer hardware”. XP Retail can be sold stand- alone “off the shelf”.
Should I buy Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional?
Nearly everyone should by Windows XP Professional rather than XP Home. In early 2007 Microsoft is going to release its next generation of Windows called “Windows Vista”. Two years from the date of Vistas release, Microsoft will stop providing security updates and support for XP Home.
Windows XP Professional will receive five extra years of support as it is a business product