Originally Posted by Gratto
Please stop flaming people for piracy when you have no clue how he obtained it.
The offering of information in a courteous and repectful manner should be welcomed, not scorned. I wish I could say the two responses were equally inclined.
Depending on the wording of the EULA (it varies by hardware manufacturer that include software with their hardware, as is the case with MCE), many software titles are non-transferrable to other hardware, including operating systems. As a Microsoft Parter, I have never personally heard of academic instituions offering Windows Media Center Edition to students (or legally to the staff, for that matter), though that is not to say it could not happen. In this example it was not (as it was included with another machine), but likewise, thought it beared mentioning.
In short, you may want to thoroughly read the academic agreement regarding the product life, as tied to hardware. Often transference terms are explicitly spelled out.
As mentioned earlier by TrickM, Windows Media Center edition is centered around only specific hardware, and does not function well (or at all) with alternates. A listing of those hardware manufacturers that are supported can be found here
Regardless, good luck.