No, I will not supply a download link. Why? Because I'm not going to spread a location where people can download something they don't own.
Clearly the overwhelming concerns of the people of this board are if I obtained an illegal copy, or obtained the copy in an illegal manner.
Do I own Windows XP Pro x64 bit? Yes, I paid full price for it in addition to my computer, since it was custom-built.
Do I have a valid activation/licence key? Yes. (note: I even called Microsoft when my OEM key wouldn't activate the downloaded SP2 copy, who verified my key as legal and an OEM version.)
Am I legally entitled to have a backup copy? Yes.
Could I make a backup of my product with this free service pack installed? Yes- if I had a working 64bit OS to slipstream the CD.
Did I download the same product that I already own? No. I downloaded the same product I already own WITH A FREE SERVICE PACK ON THE DISC.
Did I download P2P, thereby uploading to someone who possibly does not own the software? No.
Did I download off a torrent/hack/warez website? No.
Where did my copy come from? Well, if you absolutely *must* know, my aunt/uncle run a computer shop a few states over, and uploaded a copy of their sp2 installation cd to a private location, wherein I downloaded it.
Will I be selling this backup copy? No.
Will I be throwing it away when I'm done? Yes, since it doesn't accept my LEGAL OEM activation key.
If you're still concerned about the validity of my owning a copy of Windows XP x64 edition, I could take a picture of the side of the case that has the little holographic sticker and 25-digit code, which I would black-out.
But seeing as how I couldn't get a simple yes/no answer to "is there a way I can put my LEGAL cd key into this SP2 installation" doesn't matter anymore, since once I got windows working from a repair on my downloaded copy, I slipstreamed SP onto my OEM disk and did another install->repair. I am now downloading my 107 Windows updates, Internet Explorer 8, etc. directly from Windows Update, who would probably de-activate my OS if I didn't have a legal key.
You guys are so concerned about people pirating that you can't answer a simple question that (possibly) could have saved me the time of slipstreaming, burning a cd, and doing another install->repair to windows. Turns out that I had to do that anyways, since there is a method of exchanging activation keys in Windows XP, which (guess what) requires that you activate your copy of windows after you do so to ensure it's a legal copy. However, this does NOT work with OEM copies, so I would've had to done what I'd done anyways. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874
Edited by CompXP64, 05 January 2011 - 03:32 PM.