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wristband On July 19, 2009




Emerald City,
#1New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 05:46:42
I was lamenting the other day about how I don't have Publisher 2003 on my laptop, even though it can handle it. My friend told me he had it on his computer, but he lost the setup disk. So he told me he'd do a search on his HD and find the install.exe file and send it to me.
The questions I have are first--is this even legal? Second, is it even possible? And third--if the answer to the above 2 are 'yes,' why isn't everyone doing this?
young_nick On December 11, 2010
The Dude





Auckland, New Zealand
#2New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 05:53:10
it MAY be possible to copy the entire folder that the program is intalled in and have the program run properly...
i.e: C:/Program Files/Publisher/
that won't be right...just as an example.

but...there won't be an install.exe on his HD. Unless he purposely put it there.

probably your best bet is to buy it lol.

o and no it's probably(edit: make that definitely) not legal.
wristband On July 19, 2009




Emerald City,
#3New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 05:58:19
Thought so. And wouldn't Microsoft crack down on our asses and destroy our PCs if they found it was pirated software? Which I'm not sure how they do, but it's still freaky ...
lunatic_on_a_megaphone On April 23, 2010




, California
#4New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 06:01:18
A kid at my school is making a boatload for having a pirating forum site, if you wanted to find it you would find it there. Unfortunately he doesn't trust me with the URL and I think it costs money to access the forums.
wristband On July 19, 2009




Emerald City,
#5New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 06:03:29
That's ok. I don't want to get pirated stuff, which is why I posted this thread to assure myself of what I already assumed.
But I appreciate the thought. If only everyone thought like Linux people.... *sighs* That's, like, eutopian or something.
I'll just buy legal cheap software on ebay 'til then.
demonman66669 On February 25, 2010




Broadhead, Kentucky
#6New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 06:03:31
actually alot of programs do make a copy of the install.exe file in the programs folder so it might be possible to do it that way but it is illegal but the chances of getting caught doing it is almost nill i would say most people who have computers have at least one illegal program on it
wristband On July 19, 2009




Emerald City,
#7New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 06:32:13
He did actually sent me the app.exe. It had the right icon and everything, but all the Publisher files I'd done on other computers' icons were still weird. So I didn't even try to open it...
st0nerdude On March 28, 2009




pfft, Denmark
#8New Post! May 13, 2006 @ 06:38:35
@wristband Said
Thought so. And wouldn't Microsoft crack down on our asses and destroy our PCs if they found it was pirated software? Which I'm not sure how they do, but it's still freaky ...


Micro$oft have no rights to our asses.
sakina On May 04, 2007




Mesnil, Mauritius
#9New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 19:44:56
i don't mind making copies, download stuff and sniffing network transmission.
i just believe that in order for me to attain my objectives and reach my full potential, i should do stuff that helps me advance even if it involves piracy.
deadguy On December 08, 2009




Bucuresti, Romania
#10New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 19:56:49
@sakina Said
i don't mind making copies, download stuff and sniffing network transmission.
i just believe that in order for me to attain my objectives and reach my full potential, i should do stuff that helps me advance even if it involves piracy.


well said...

you can be a genius and never know it because you don't have the tools you need just because you can't afford them.

i all software should be open source, that way everyone can reach their full potential and software will evolve faster and productivity as well as new inventions will rise.
mammothmeat On October 25, 2007




Trondheim, Norway
#11New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 19:59:40
OpenOffice is a good, free, open-source alternative
sakina On May 04, 2007




Mesnil, Mauritius
#12New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 20:01:03
but open source needs guidelines esp. in stages of developments. take ananconda rpm installer for example - it's a mess and i'm lost in the codes. i'm still new i admit it. but if there had been some good documentation, i've understood it.

and i'm not saying that because i'm a fan of ms. i'm a fan of no company or os. i use whatever is required to do a task or whatever is required for me to learn more.

open source has lots of advantages but the disadvantages disappoints me.

but right now, illegality which i do not consider as illegality is the best thing on the web and in the computing world.
deadguy On December 08, 2009




Bucuresti, Romania
#13New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 20:02:00
@mammothmeat Said
OpenOffice is a good, free, open-source alternative


yep, open office is the best office suite out there....it's better then MS Office and anyone can afford it...

I don't understand why schools don't use OpenSource software...just imagine what they could do with all the money they would save...
deadguy On December 08, 2009




Bucuresti, Romania
#14New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 20:03:06
@sakina Said

open source has lots of advantages but the disadvantages disappoints me.




what are the disadvantages in your opinion ?
sakina On May 04, 2007




Mesnil, Mauritius
#15New Post! May 28, 2006 @ 20:15:53
btw, did you @ least try msoffice2007 beta2?
it's worth trying. it's great! esp. since doc is now docx and fully xml compatible. word has metro tech. integrated (save in pdf for e.g)

I know i'm still learning and i'm no guru in computer science but i like ms. approach. i also like open source but the approach is not correct from my point of view.

I want to see open source projects have a good design report, with use/test cases, documentation and flowcharting instead of simply releasing the code. there is a need for standards but this goes against the open source philosophy. how can i or any other programmer manage and be efficient with just a source code with some annotations and a plain documentation which is not useful. i have been disappointed at firefox codes as well as anaconda.
i hope i did not offend any opensource fan or supporter.
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