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Old 17. Aug 2013, 12:18 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Microsoft's original EULA for pre-installed Windows XP Home Edition allows a backup copy only if there was no backup originally supplied with the PC. As most pre-installed systems had a backup partition then it is more likely that it is not legitimate to create a Windows XP install disk from an installed version of Windows:
Back-up Copy. IF MANUFACTURER HAS NOT INCLUDED A BACK-UP COPY OF THE SOFTWARE WITH THE COMPUTER ON PHYSICAL MEDIA (e.g. CD OR PARTITIONED HARD DRIVE), YOU MAY MAKE A SINGLE BACK-UP COPY OF THE SOFTWARE. You may use the back-up copy solely for your archival purposes and to reinstall the SOFTWARE on the COMPUTER. Except as expressly provided in this EULA or by local law, you may not otherwise make copies of the SOFTWARE, including the printed materials accompanying the SOFTWARE. You may not loan, rent, lease, lend or otherwise transfer the CD or back-up copy to another user.
Even if there was no backup supplied with the computer, any attempt to be selective in what you "back up" means that it is no longer a backup. Likewise if the install disk is intended to be used on another computer:
Separation of Components. The SOFTWARE is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one computer.
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