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a proprioter motherboard that will not accept a different HD, so im told by the support team. I'm guessing all this info is stored in the mainboard chipset. I cannot install OS on it. that symantech thing. next?
 

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you have to format the h/d,partition it and make a partition active before you can install anything on it.
software
if it is freeware you can install it
otherwise you have to buy it before you install it
 

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< if it is freeware you can install it
otherwise you have to buy it before you install it>

and if you get it illegally and install it, most often it will have corrupt files or bugs that can cause you mucho problems!
 

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Hi, You cannot legally install your Restore CD set that companies provide such as Dell, Compaq, HP onto any other pcs....and even if you successfully could, things would eventually break down.
The motherboard or BIOS does come into the picture, as they can indeed see that the hardware is not what is programmed into them and the install will usually fail. For some, the BIOS is stored on the hard drive.
If you are upgrading your own pc, there are methods that the manufacturers provide that will allow you to change hard drive, but the rest of the hardware is still "in effect" and if there are a couple more changes "seen" you cannot install the software.
If you are not concerned with Windows itself, then the following does not concern you at all:
If you have a legal copy of a Microsoft CD, such as win98se, you can install it on your main pc, and also on a laptop, legally, provided the laptop is primarily used for work and you must own both pcs....you may not sell the other or the main and retain rights to the copy of Windows. You must give the CD to the new owner if you sell the pc with an operating system installed.
Things change with some brands of laptops/notebooks....if they came with a CD set, Compaq for one did not allow you to transfer the CD with the computer! The new owner had to register the computer in their name, and the old owner had to get a transfer form approved by Compaq to do this. The manufacturers for the most part have stopped issuing CDs with notebooks, and even some towers....I recently worked on an HP very new Pavilion running XP, that did NOT come with any Restore Kit!
You may not install your own copy of Windows onto other pcs and sell them, without getting Licenses, which cost about $25 each and which you can buy from authorized resllers online for as many as you require. You may use the same CD....just not the same Product Key/License. A better way is to purchase separate disks that come with Licenses and give the owner the CD!
Any software that you install on pcs you sell must either be freeware, (and it should be registered in the new owners name- )
or purchased software, not "copied". There is a steep fine if you are caught.
PC makers usually have the required licenses that they obtain in bulk, so they are not violating copyrights when they sell the machines....then, the new owner registers the software after the set up the new machine.
For programs like Office> you MUST have the Office CD to get any updates installed for Office!

The product on XP for Office 2003 will not even run unless you register it either online or by telephone.
There are other programs that have similar quirks...
Some you may install as many copies as you want, free.
If you purchase programs online and install them without a CD- there can be difficulty for the user when reinstalling.
"Symantec thing"?? Not sure what you mean here....
If the software is part of your own CD set that came with your computer, then no, of course you cannot sell or give copies away.
If you want to sell your separate copy of a Symantec product, that I would assume is legal, provided you uninstall it on your machine... and give the CD to the new owner, etc.
 
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