Originally posted by miniminman
its not illegal i bought the operating system with my laptop, now I want to use it on my desktop, so what, I dont have the original me cd. And im not going to spend 100 dollars on an ancient computer. Any info please on original topic
Hasn't read his EULA, has he?
Anyway, recovery CD's (which is what it sounds like you have) only work for the PC/laptop they were cut for. If you try it on another box, you'll just screw things up.
And if you bought this copy of Windows with your new laptop, then no, you did not "bought the operating system" you bought a license to run the OS on that laptop. You don't really have a full, out-of-the-box cut of Windows. You have an OEM distribution version. It's not the same.
If you don't believe us...call up Microsoft. It's toll-free, and they can tell you in plain English what you've got going on.