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Legality of dual booting


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#1 Ellypho

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 08:07 PM

Hello World!

I have a question for you all. I'm reading my A+ book and it talk's about dual booting and having to install the software on both OSes so I have a concern about the legality of this. Is it legal to install for instance MSword on both OSes that are dual booting on the same system. So example I have both win2k and winXP and I give both of them the same copy of Photoshop or Office would this be legal?

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 08:55 PM

If you read the EULA for most programs...I think that you will see something to the effect that the user is authorized to install said software on one system.

I see no legalities involved in dual-booting...but I have severe myopia :thumbsup:.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 09:18 PM

Haha I guess your right. Does seem like something that would need clarification
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 10:35 PM

I believe it is perfectly legal, it limited to the number of machines, not the number of OS's on that machine.
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:08 PM

I believe it is perfectly legal, it limited to the number of machines, not the number of OS's on that machine.


maybe i should call ms :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 07:59 AM

This is why lawyers get paid so much :thumbsup: EULA's are complicated and their terms aren't clear to mere mortals (I got in trouble for telling lawyer jokes on another forum). Also, each EULA is different, so the answer for MS Office can be very different for the answer for Photoshop.

I've found that, as long as you're not trying to get something for free, most software companies are reasonable when it comes to this sort of situation. BUT, if the software has built in activation/authentication routines - then it may not let you use it on both OS's

I'd suggest trying it out. If it doesn't work, then you can always resort to our list of Freeware Replacements for Common Commercial Applications ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html )
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:02 AM

It all depends upon the EULA for your particular version of software whether this will be legal or not. Begin installing it and just actually read the EULA (how many of us have actually done that????) :thumbsup: It might be for one computer, and it might be for one installation on that one computer.

I once installed Windows twice on the same computer, thinking I could use the second instance (on a second partition) to boot the computer and get to my files in case the first instance went to pot. But then I saw the EULA said it was good for one instance on one computer. So, it really depends.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 01:22 PM

Yeah i suppose
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 02:33 PM

Same discussion a couple of threads down
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/182979/dual-boot-and-running-programs/
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