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I am still on XP. Ha ha yeah I know. I purchased XP on DVD way back when I jumped from Win98. During the years I have had at least 8 new mobo's/cpu upgrades not to mention hard drive crashes. Everytime, I simply stuck my XP disk in and I got the OS running again. Dorking about on the net I've read that Win7 or Win8 locks itself to your mobo, and when you want to upgrade, you have to buy a new OS.

Is that true? If yes, then that REALLY sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buying an OS anymore is such a ripoff. You can buy an already put-together computer that already has an OS for less than I can build my own. All my PCs have been used as the workhorse in a music recording studio. I don't want to buy some computer from Staples, I want to build my own for obvious reasons all you folks know about (I assume). As soon as I can afford it, I upgrade to whatever that will allow me to play with more plugins for my DAW, more plates spinning round and round, more happiness in the world for all.

Should I just stay with XP? I guess that is the answer if I have to buy a new OS license every time I upgrade hardware. Which is every year or two.

PS: I am using the same tower case I had 20+ years ago.
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Its time to upgrade to Win7....

XP support ends soon...
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Technically your using a pirated copy of windows right now, Windows XP is also no longer valid once you change motherboards, or up to 3 major hardware changes.
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Seriously? I can't upgrade my machine legally without forking out $100 for the same OS I was using before I upgraded? That is insane. If the OS license was $20, I wouldn't be so angry at Microshaft.
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also support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014.
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well its only illegal if microsoft wont reactivate it. I've had the same copy of windows 7 for several years
and each time ive changed motherboards I've called them and told them and they have simply reactivated it
for my new hardware no problem so its really kind of a grey area and I have no clue how it could lock itself
to a specific hardware piece considering its on a cd/dvd which is finalized and can't be written too.
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Originally Posted by vedaire View Post

well its only illegal if microsoft wont reactivate it. I've had the same copy of windows 7 for several years
and each time ive changed motherboards I've called them and told them and they have simply reactivated it
for my new hardware no problem so its really kind of a grey area and I have no clue how it could lock itself
to a specific hardware piece considering its on a cd/dvd which is finalized and can't be written too.

The phone activation will always work, but its not always activated legit.
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to me legit means one of their people activated there fore its on them not me
and if their people activated it that means your legal.
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Originally Posted by ShortySmalls View Post

The phone activation will always work, but its not always activated legit.

Eh?

The automated system does provide you a set of numbers to input to activate the key... how is it not legit?
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I have used the same copy of W7 on at least 10 different builds over the last two years so I'm not sure where you got that information that you can only install it on one computer.
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