Though I don’t have Windows installed, and don’t plan to, I do have friends who use Windows. And right now I’m being asked for some advice by these friends who want to install the Windows XP service pack 2. I’m not going to install it for them, but they want to know if they should buy the CD. And they’re using pirated Windows.
I’m hearing conflicting information about whether or not you can install SP2 on the pirated WinXP edition that has the same serial number everywhere in Taiwan (and the world). I looked at the Microsoft web site for the official line:
Microsoft indicates you can’t install SP2 on XP with an illegal ID, unless you hack the Windows registry to change the product key. But some other sources tell me that SP2 will install OK even with the illegal PID number.
Well, I don’t really know. Has anyone tried it? Heard anything from a reliable source?
I actually hope it doesn’t work (more recruits for Linux). But I do want to give my friend(s) an honest answer (which at the moment is “I don’t know”).