Originally Posted by JLWX5
I plan on purchasing a fresh, new, fully legal copy of the XP Pro with SP2. I was just wondering if theres anything that could be done for now. I know i'm a thief lol. So are the other 90% of the population who burn CDs or share music files.
XP knows whether the code you are entering belongs with the CD you installed it from. Unlike a lot of software you can download etc. and purchase, there's not just 'the' activation code, there are many, and you need one that does belong to the disk from which you installed.
I'd suggest just going ahead and buying XP on the best deal you can. Vista is way too far off yet to wait for it, and I would never rush to get hold of the very newest version of any program til the bugs get worked out. XP sp2 is extremely solid and competent now. I tried a beta version of Vista on my laptop the other day and it didn't like my video drivers, didn't like my anti virus, didn't like my wireless networking... of course it's still in Beta but these are problems you get with new OS versions. I put XP back on the laptop because I want to use it, not futz with it.
Just a suggestion, and I don't work there or anything, www.tigerdirect.com
often has XP on sale for probably as cheap as you'll find it, and they ship pretty quickly too. I don't endorse 'ripping off' anyone's software and you can expect to run into increasing problems if you're not 100% legit. I would say that probably most of the MS software that is being used around the world was never paid for and I don't blame them for doing the activation thing. If half of my product was being ripped off, I'd do the same thing.