Ravi had a question about carrying laptop from India with pirated software on the laptop.
Hi, I have been following HSB for last six months now. I appreciate the efforts and the useful suggestions given to prospective students. However,one answer I could not find anywhere in HSB is related to Laptops. There is suggestions on how to buy laptop but… it has not been mentioned if a student is carrying his laptop to US.
My question is, generally in India students don’t use genuine copy of Operating system or Microsoft words. SO is it okay to take the same laptop which does not have genuine OS or Office? Can it create any problem at the US port of entry or in US? Somewhere on the Blog I found that Laptops can be checked for pornographic materials.
Also if this is not the case then is it better to buy a laptop there only? And is there any kind of concession which is being provided to University students through university tie-up or something. I hope HSB will put some light over the issue which will be beneficial to so many students.
Laptop from India
Can I bring the laptop with me when I come to US? You have to see this in couple of ways. After you come to US, you would have to chat with your parents and they would like to see you in video chat.
If you bring your laptop with you, do they have another desktop or laptop that they can use? If they don’t have one, then it would be good idea to setup the laptop to use Video chat and teach them how to use them. You can buy a laptop when you come to US.
Microsoft will have student license software’s for very cheap. You will be able to get Windows 7 for $20 and Windows XP for $5 or even free is many universities. After you get student id, you will be able to by the software from your university book store or computer store. Microsoft Word 2007 will be around $30.
I checked UTA Microsoft Academic Alliance website. You can download Windows 7 professional for free if you have login id (Computer Science Student). Don’t buy laptop from India, you can get one when you come here.
Caution: Don’t try to use pirated software and get into trouble. If you try to update or install patch for your OS, Windows Genuine check will detect pirated software.
I have personally witnessed the impact of downloading English movies. You will be used to downloading English songs, movies in India, but you can get into trouble very easily here. I will write about the experience sometime next week. When you read that post, you will definitely stay away from downloading English movies, songs, etc.