Can I donate old software?
Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:30 PM
Posted 02 November 2008 - 07:04 AM
For Intuit, Quicken only as I have never used Quickbooks, you generally do not need the previous disc. For Acronis you need the previous license number. For XP you need the disc from a previous version of Windows. Each varies. You don't want to give a way a disc you need to install the current version.
I usually toss the boxes, keep what passes for instructions for a while, and keep the discs in slim plastic cases. They take up a lot less room that way.
Posted 02 November 2008 - 08:42 PM
The general answer is "no". An upgrade license typically requires that you have a previous version...and if you give away/donate the previous version, then you don't have it any more (duh). Thus, typically you would be vioating the EULA to donate an old version of the software to someone while keeping the current version. The exception would be if you donated ALL versions of the program...in otherwords, you are transfering ALL your rights of "ownership" of the use of that program to someone else. The point is that a upgrade is NOT a new license...it is essentially just modifying a license that you have. Thus, you do NOT have two licenses generally when you buy an upgrade...you still only have ONE license.
Now, there might be some companies that will permit such thing, but it will likely be the exception, not the rule. In the end, I would assume no, but you can always read the EULA and/or contact the software company.