Sunday, July 16, 2006

Windows XP EULA in Plain English

This is the EULA for Windows XP Home Edition. EULA stands for ?End-User Licensing Agreement.? Let's break that down:

  • End-User ? The person who purchased and is using Windows XP Home.

  • Licensing ? When someone buys Windows XP Home, they do not own anything. Instead they are licensing it from Microsoft.

  • Agreement ? A legally binding contract between the person and Microsoft.

What does this document contain? Most people don't know, because it is written in legal-speak. Still, you are expected to read it and are required to agree to it before using Windows XP Home. Even if you don't read it, you are still bound by it, so it's good to know what's in there.

Let's take a look at just what rights a user of Windows XP Home has given up. In the ?What it Says? column we have reprinted the text exactly as it appears in the EULA (obtained from Microsoft's website at In the ?What it Means? column, we summarize what it means in plain English.

[tags] windows, EULA, end-user, licensing, agreement, plain, english [/tags]


  1. Ok we got it Jad, you're a Linux fanboy..
    Almost ALL software in the world have an EULA. I haven't seen anyone supporting their systems like Microsoft. Not Oracle, Not Apple, Not IBM, not SUN, and certainly none of the little -nix companies
    And there is a very good reason for that, EVERYONE in the WORLD is on thier back to get it done :)

  2. Gwaider,
    ya zalameh you are so negative today! I mean why you think I posted this for teasing ? actually I found it useful for people to understand the legal terms of EULA in plain English; Now this shouldn't considered as teasing unless understanding EULA is a sin by itself :D

  3. Late to the party but better late than never.

    Compare the GPL, either 2 or 3 to this EULA. If you are comfortable giving Microsoft all of this AFTER paying for deserve every bit of what you get and what you don't.

    You sacrifice your freedom for what...the privilege of using their product?

    That's sad.