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Upgrading to Panther

I have OS X 10.0.4 installed on my iMac (which is dual-bootable with OS 9.1).  I would like to upgrade to Panther. A friend has Panther disks she says I could use. Would this work - and is it legal?

Thanks!
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andyowwCommented:
It would work.
It is NOT legal.
After you install though, you have to register (the exact word/phrase escapes me now).  This goes out to apple & checks to see if that copy has been used before.  If it has, basically you have a machine that's stuck in limbo.  I think it will let you use it for 30 days or so, then it will stop & you'll have to reload a legal OS.
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clareturpinAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I'm so glad I checked! It's weird: I bought an iMac on eBay as a back up machine for my home office and it has Panther on it - but the disks weren't included. From this, I gather there must be a way to duplicate the software, or something? Not that I'd ever attempt anything like this (or be capable of it!).
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clareturpinAuthor Commented:
Oh, sorry, meant to ask as well: is it possible to upgrade directly to Panther from 10.0.4 - or do I have to do intermediate updates first?
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andyowwCommented:
Yes you should be able to upgrade straight from 10.0.4.
There are applications out there that will allow you to copy the disk & replace the software on a nother machine.  It's called imaging.  Most people that use imaging, are in a corporate/educational environment where they have a site license & 300 machines & would take weeks to set up a lab.  Imaging most times takes 5-7 minutes per machine.  Think of the time savings!

Again, anybody could make an image of a machine & put it on another.  It is NOT legal if you don't have the licenses for it & I do not condone it.
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idarmadiCommented:
As far as I know, registering is not mandatory, and no, it won't disable your software after 30 days or so.  (This is not the case with OSX Server, which each copy has a unique "CD KEY" and will only function 30 days if you don't have a CD KEY.  Even that, you are not required to register).

Of course, it's illegal.
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clareturpinAuthor Commented:
Thanks, both.
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