Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:18 PM
<<I think I have only broken the law if I use that CD, if what you are saying is true.>>
Hmmm...yes and no. You have violated Microsoft's EULA by virtue of downloading copyright material which is not intended for public distribution to the public...free. There are no "free downloads of Windows XP" available to the public, there are no downloads of the XP Recovery Console which are not construed by Microsoft to be a violation of their ownership rights.
Since, by definition, any such download is illegal...and was prepared by/hosted by someone who may have tampered with the contents...you also face the risk of installing malware of some sort unknowingly on your system...with no legal recourse to anyone for assistance if such should prove to be the case.
This is in direct conflict with BC's forum rules, a link to such is in my signature.
"No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences."
<<I am perfectly willing to hear alternative methods to using that CD.>>
Well...that sounds to me as if you think that we have to convince you of some way...to achieve your goal. I hope that I've misinterpreted that comment.
I'm not about to run through the list of various ways that one can legally install/use Windows. Google has so much more info on that...that I don't want to appear to think that I can do a better job of enumerating alternatives. Based on what you stated in your initial post...that $100 offer may have been reasonable, assuming that you obtained a new, valid license as part of the deal.
You should also be aware...since you changed the guts of the system...Microsoft considers that a completely different system than the once for which you have a valid license to install Windows. Techincally, they have the right to refuse PA for that license, should you try to use it with your new components, new install of Windows. I cannot say for sure that they would do such...many of us have changed a component or two and had no problem reactivating the license for Windows. But your changes are much more comprehensive and I would not expect that license to be able to be transferred...to an obviously distinctly different computer system.
But I've been wrong before...you can try whatever you like.
If you have any questions that do not deal with the legality of using a downloaded version of XP...feel free to send me a PM and I will try to respond.
This topic is now closed.