I have 3 computers:
1)amd 2200xp, Abit mobo, Win XP [upgrade from WinME, not standalone ver.]
This is my main machine.
2)amd athlon 1gighz, second version of Win Xp, [upgrade from Win98, not
I use this machine for data storage, has my music, pics, many old save files
etc. Also, as gamer machine to net with main computer when company is over.
3) new build, Gigabyte mobo, 80gbyte
HD unformatted, no OS as of yet, but
have the old WinME and Win98 in drawer.
I want to make the new build Gigabyte mobo system my "killer' machine
the best equipment I have and one of the versions of XP as it's OS.
I want to make my present amd 2200xp machine
my 'second' PC for storage and
multiplayer gaming using my second version of WinXP upgrade. This may be
easiest since I can just leave the present WinXP on that machine and trade
off files as needed.
The old 1ghz athlon I'd like to keep an older OS [say the Win98 I have on
hand] for playing 'old games' that are now classics [like XCOM etc].
First, are there proprietary issues here, since both copies of WinXP
upgrades were established on the old copies of WinME and Win98. Do I have
the 'right' to use, say Win98, on another machine, while using that same
upgrade of WinXP? Sheese, that'll jack up total costs of operating systems
for 3 machines over the years to close a $1000 smackeroos (as much or more
than the hardware if I have to buy a new version OS)...much of it redundant
as 'upgrades'. I have purchased '4' good operating systems in good
faith...and now perhaps required to purchase yet again (for 3 machines)?
Does anyone see why 'crack codes' become so popular [but no, I'll just get
fleeced; it was the way I was brought up...so I die early is all, (natural
selection and all for honest chumps like me/ or is it just 'stupid')].
WinXP makes all this problematic anyway.
Since these are 'upgrades' I have
on my two main PCs now, there is no 'repair install' offered in the menus
that I can simply change over hard disks as needed for my new PC
configurations. These were 'upgrades' remember.
I see no other way than 'reformatting' the 1ghz Athlon hard disk?
fleeced again as I carry virus suscriptions and file conversions like MP3
and other downloaded internet stuff, that become problematic when verifying
on internet websites if changes are made. I've had to 're-purchase' such in
the past even having backups burnt on CD.
Look, I understand Microsoft wanting to rake in the dough, one OS per
machine across the world, but I don't sense 'fairness' here. I guess I
could just do without...go to Linux or something (at least that's cheaper,
but what about software compatibility???). I think I'll convert to
communism...Free Markets can really 'suck' for poor schmucks like myself
(but then the technology wouldn't be developed to get mad over in the first
place[lack of incentives to fleece people])!!! Or again, maybe I'm just
stupid [ie, ignoring the crack codes etc]. Yea, suppose that's really it.
So, how do the techies do it? I know
damn well they aren't forking out a
thousand big ones for OS's unless they got it to burn (or it's someone
else's money, like the corporate daddies). In frustration, thanks anyway
for any suggestions.
ps- maybe I should convert to Islam...and then just blow things up.
[laughing...not crazy...for you FBI types]...but man, I can understand why a
lot of crazies might be 'cropping' up out there.