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I have an HP media Center 2002 laptop. I hate the software that comes with it(adverts). Would it be legal if i download an OEM disc and use the product key on the bottom of my laptop? Being that my laptop came with it, i would assume its legal but im not 100% sure since it's not an original copy of the disc.

But from my understanding, its the key that makes it legal, not whether the disc is copied or not.
    
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post #2 of 21
not illegal. if you own the laptop, then you own the key.
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Im no lawyer,but i think as long as you use a Product key that you PAID for its completely legit.
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the only way you could do that is if you obtained the disk image the legal way. you cannot use a copy of it. no matter what that is still pirating
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post #5 of 21
No its not illegal.

The keys are licenses....when you pay all that money you pay for a license to use that software on your computer. You already paid for a license for that laptop, so you can use that key for any actual disk you use to install it on the laptop.
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if you own the licence then you can download the discs
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
the only way you could do that is if you obtained the disk image the legal way. you cannot use a copy of it. no matter what that is still pirating
He already owns the software, so he can have as many copies of it as he wants as long as he only installs it on as many computers as he has keys.
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post #8 of 21
but, the question is is it a OEM windows key... and another thing you can try is...

PC De-Crapifier 1.9.1

its good at removing alot of that OEM crap they throw in with a new purchased PC...
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He already owns the software, so he can have as many copies of it as he wants as long as he only installs it on as many computers as he has keys.
well technically i own the software not the CDs. The cd's i have are for this specific laptop. I wanted to make a slipstream disc for it.
    
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Your license is only going to work with HP OEM disks. There are different sets of keys for different OEM versions (HP, dell, from the store that you buy yourself, etc.)

If you download an OEM that's the version you can buy in a store, your key will not work. If you use a keygen or something to get that disk to work and throw your HP disk away saying, "Well, I traded," that's still pirating.

The reason you have that adware is to subsidize the price. That's why you got the laptop at the price you got it at. If you dodge that, then you're circumventing the discount they gave you - you got that price at... a price, for lack of a better word.

So basically, no, you aren't legally allowed to do this. You can manually remove the adware if you like, but to use a whole different version of windows OEM with a whole different key is pirating.
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