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RE: Booting Vista from external drive violate MS EULA?

  1. #1


    Mick Murphy Guest

    RE: Booting Vista from external drive violate MS EULA?

    One licence, one installation; no matter where it is installed.
    Install where you like, as long as only one install at a time.
    Also, if you install as your operating system, and want to do a virtual
    install as well, buy another licence.
    --
    Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia


    "Mark Conrad" wrote:

    >
    > I imagine that a determined Vista user could find
    > a way to boot Vista from an external hard drive.
    >
    > Question is, would it be "legal" according to MS?
    >
    > Myself, I see no harm in it, same user, same PC, etc.
    >
    > Microsoft might look at it differently, however.
    >
    > Opinions?
    >
    > Mark-
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Mark Conrad Guest

    Re: Booting Vista from external drive violate MS EULA?

    In article <OlueTlf$IHA.3396@xxxxxx>,
    "Rick Rogers" <rick@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > Hi Mark,
    >
    > Nothing in the license agreement prevents installing
    > to an external drive that I am aware of.
    Great, glad to hear that.



    > Vista does not support doing it.
    I gathered that, after reading several threads in
    various forums about the "impossibility" of trying
    to do it, however I eventually cobbled together a
    half-vast method that worked for me, YMMV.



    > If you do find a method, the throughput rate would
    > be way too slow for the installation to be usable.
    Does not seem to be noticeably slower here, however
    did not get around to critically timing it yet.



    > If you're thinking that you could move the external
    > drive to a different system and boot Vista
    > from there... <clipped>...
    No, have no intention of doing that.

    My interest is strictly in having an emergency way to
    continue operating the same laptop computer, when I
    clobber that computer by doing something stupid.

    I could just restore the computer from a backup,
    however the resulting delay would occasionally be
    prohibitive with my tight scheduling, so for those
    occasions it would be better to have this alternative
    way of continuing to operate my computer.

    ....then later, at my convenience, do a proper "image"
    type of restore of the badly clobbered internal drive,
    which is usually too badly damaged for a conventional
    restore solution to recover from.

    Mark-

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Mark Conrad Guest

    Re: Booting Vista from external drive violate MS EULA?


    Really appreciate hearing that, would not look forward to
    the Microsoft Police battering down my front door. ;-)

    I actually have two licenses for Vista Ultimate right now,
    have not got around to using the second license yet.

    That second license will probably be used on a big desktop
    computer which I plan to remotely control "from the road".
    (I do a lot of traveling)

    Mark-


    --
    In article <89765B3F-5BEE-4B15-88F3-EFF006CD062A@xxxxxx>,
    Mick Murphy <MickMurphy@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > One licence, one installation; no matter where it is installed.
    > Install where you like, as long as only one install at a time.
    > Also, if you install as your operating system, and want to do a
    > virtual install as well, buy another licence.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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