Mindrifter wrote:Okay, so I just remembered I installed ubuntu onto this computer that I just use for basic purposes. The computer used to have xp pro sp3 on it and I have the key, but no cd. So if it's even possible, would it be illegal to download windows xp onto a cd, just the operating system, no key? Plus in order to dual-os, do I have to install windows first?
This is wrong for so many reasons.
Your cd key is of type: Retail, OEM, Corp or Upgrade. For each one of those types of CD keys, you will need the approparate CD. There also exists a TechShop version of the install disk which is rather a DVD of them all.
You will need the install cd matched for the cd-key.
2) Downlaod is terminology between servers and clients, separated by a network link. Not within once operating system. One does not download the harddrive to a CD.
3) The operating system is copy-written, which makes it civially illeagl to post an ISO (a backed CD) online whether or not the key is present.
4) Under the Fair-Use clause, you can backup your harddrive to CD, only for private use. CloneCD, and PartitionImage, Norton Ghost, Acronis .