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Ok I have ran across 6 Fujitsu ST5112 tablet PC's which are in need of repair. They either do not have a hard drive or they have been sanatized. A few have broken screens, etc etc. I plan to repair them in my spare time and resell to the public at large.

My question is
All these machines have a valid Windows xp 2005 tablet COA on the back, but no recovery discs. I have a set of recovery discs for my own ST5112 that will work for restoring the operating system and drivers.

1. Is it legal to use my recovery discs to restore the operating systems

2. Is it legal to burn copies of my recovery discs and provide those copys with the repaired tablets.

As this is a legality issue please do not respond unless you have first hand knowledge of this issue or you are quoting the EULA or license agreement.

Thanks and rep to most informative answer.
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http://www.askdavetaylor.com/can_i_create_my_own_windows_xp_installation_cd.html


bout all I've found. Most places say as long as the install on the hard drive is valid and the key is valid the OS was paid for. Recovery disk copy seems iffy but I can't legally say.
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good article anyone else care to chime in
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from the very little i know/understand. as a comany that would be illegal. for a single individual should be fine with the reload, but rec disks legally probably not. any copies of the disk could be made for personal use but not for resale.
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Even as an individual it would be legal. The COA does not require 'original' discs to re-institute a valid install of 'said' OS.

The only issue you would run into is if you were trying to use MARS licensing without official authorization/keys. That's a no-go.

You're fine repairing, re-installing (as a base of authentication, your original/original discs are 'legitimate' MS authorized discs and not replicate/copies) is of no concern.

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If you install the version of Windows associated with the COA, then it will be legal. Providing a recovery disk that will allow that version to be reinstalled is also legal.
The COA sticker is what makes the windows legal. Any devices that lack the COA will not be legal.

I used to be a Microsoft OEM. And buying windows OEM serial only packs for builds were part of that, the license goes with the sticker. A clone disk is legal if the sticker is legitimate.
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