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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 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/eula.mspx). In the ?What it Means? column, we summarize what it means in plain English.

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