Let's say I own a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.
I lose/damage the disk.
Would it be okay to torrent the appropriate disk, providing that no cracks or keygens are included, and my legit serial key is used?
Answer by HHBones · Mar 11, 2011 at 08:05 PM
The trick of it is that with Windows, you aren't buying the disk. You're buying the software on the disk. Just because you lost the disk, it doesn't mean you've lost rights to the software. Microsoft could care less if you torrent it- they know a case against it will get thrown out. My best advice would be shooting Microsoft tech support an e-mail explaining what happened and asking if you can get a new disk that way, including your license key. If they say no, it may violate the EULA. It's up to you how far you want to go from there.
Answer by TheTechDude · Mar 11, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Honestly I don't like using Torrents (nor do I support it) for anything but since you aren't obtaining anything that you don't already have then I would say Microsoft probably doesn't want you to do it but is it illegal not really. Since you are using your own key you should be okay. The better way to avoid doing this is to just ask a friend and barrow theirs that way you don't worry about what you are downloading.
Answer by Razor512 · Apr 26, 2011 at 05:58 PM
you can download copies of windows with no problem, you just need a valid serial as that is what they are actually charging you for,
They have no problem with people downloading their OS, which is why you see many sites offering pre updated copies. Just make sure you are getting the download from a trusted source.
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