|Originally posted by dougbrad81
thanks for your reply. will using a code like you mentioned still enables me to use windows update?
Security updates, yes for now, eventually no. Service Pack updates, no.
The "eventually no" part of security updates is due to the fact that Microsoft only supports the most recent SP, and the one before that. Security updates that come out are only tested and supported on those 2 support SP levels. If you have an old SP, it probably won't even install.
That means if you use an illegal Windows XP original edition, then when SP 2 comes out, any new security patch after that will only work on SP 1 and SP 2, and you're screwed. If you use an illegal Windows XP SP 1 edition, you're screwed once SP 3 comes out.
Plus, if they put anything in the SP's that aren't also released as a separate security patch (I'm not sure if they do that, but I think they do), you don't get those.
Also, if you call them up and say "I'm upgrading", that might not work. When you activate, Microsoft gets a hardware snapshot from your machine. When you call them up, you have to read them off a long number from your new machine, which is the hardware snapshot. The person on the phone can very easily compare the two, say "you're not upgrading from a desktop to a laptop. Nice try" and hang up, or do whatever else it is they do.
Moral of the story: The OS costs what, $200? All the time you waste in frustration, the risks by calling up Microsoft and revealing who you are, the time lost in formatting and reinstalling Windows every SP, and the potential risk in leaving your computer open to attacks by not having the most up to date SP, is probably worth more than the cost of the OS.
Plus, you must recognize Windows as a good OS. There are other choices out there. Shouldn't the people who wrote it get compensated for providing you with a good OS?