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License agreement

The whole package Boot-US (GUI and DOS command-line version) with all accompanying programs (boot manager, etc.) may be used in the non-licensed version on private PCs for free. This allows a broad usage of the program. Public schools may also use the non-licensed version of Boot-US for free.

Additionally, the whole package Boot-US may be tested in the non-licensed version during a trial period of one month for free. If you want to use Boot-US after this trial period on commercially used PCs, you must purchase a license. The license purchased entitles the licensee to use Boot-US on the corresponding number of PCs and it entitles the licensee to use the forthcoming versions of Boot-US for free.

All future versions of Boot-US together with an (old) license allows to use the previously available functions. Please note that new functions in future versions of Boot-US might not be available with an old license. The author reserves the right to determine whether new functions in future versions are available free of charge, or are available with an old license or require a new license.

Licensed functions

The following functions require a license:
  Necessary license   Function
Version 3.x.x Complete configuration of invisible start
Version 3.x.x Set partitions on USB sticks accessible
Version 2.x.x Password protection in boot manager
Version 2.x.x Full password protection for configuration program
Version 2.x.x Support for boot from second, third,... disk
Version 2.x.x Support for true partition hiding in boot manager
When the boot manager is installed to the hard disk these features are available only in the licensed version.

The WIN32/WIN64 command-line version is intended especially for larger installations. The installation and uninstallation of the boot manager requires at least a 20-PC license. All other functions (except the report function) require at least a single PC license. Only the report function may be used without a license.

The 100-PC license (and higher) allows to change individually the license texts displayed in the boot manager.

Testing all functions

It is possible to try all functions of the package Boot-US before purchasing a license. To do this it is only necessary to install the boot manager to diskette or CD. When the boot manager is installed to diskette or CD all features are also available in the non-licensed version. This allows the potential customer to check and try all the features of Boot-US.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY

The whole package Boot-US has been developed with great care and has undergone extensive testing. But it cannot be guaranteed that all functions of Boot-US are fully operational and work as described, and it cannot be guaranteed that Boot-US is free of errors. You are allowed to test Boot-US freely for one month to verify whether Boot-US works reliably and without errors in your hardware environment. At last, we would say that you are using Boot-US at your own risk.
 
Please also read the legal stuff below. By using Boot-US you accept these conditions of usage. If you do not agree you are not allowed to use Boot-US.

The installation program Boot-US allows you to perform a test installation of the boot manager to diskette and it allows to save the whole track 0 of the hard disk. Both measures support a step-by-step testing of Boot-US in the actual hardware environment. It is expected that during such a step-by-step installation of the boot manager potential problems become quickly evident and can also be repaired completely. Additionally the DOS program bootusc.exe has been developed for repairing a failed installation even at a plain DOS command prompt.

If you detect problems or if you have ideas for improvements, please inform the author. It is intended to correct problems as fast as possible (I hope within a few days). On the other hand, improvements are expected to require more time and will therefore be implemented only in the forthcoming versions.

Legal stuff:
This software is provided on an "AS IS" basis, without warranty of any kind, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the software is borne by you. Should the software prove defective, you alone assume the entire cost of any service and repair.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSIONS OF AN IMPLIED WARRANTY, SO THIS DISCLAIMER MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER LEGAL RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE OR BY JURISDICTION.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AND UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY, TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, SHALL THE PRODUCER OF THIS SOFTWARE OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR RESELLERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY CHARACTER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OR ANY AND ALL OTHER COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES. IN NO EVENT WILL THE PRODUCER OF THIS SOFTWARE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF THE LIST PRICE FOR A LICENSE TO USE BOOT-US, EVEN IF THE PRODUCER SHALL HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY OTHER PARTY. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL NOT APPLY TO LIABILITY FOR DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE LAW PROHIBITS SUCH LIMITATION. FURTHERMORE, SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THIS LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Distribution

If you like Boot-US, you are allowed to distribute it. The whole package Boot-US (non-licensed version) may be copied and distributed without restriction. The licensed version of Boot-US, especially the license file bootus.lic, is excluded from the distribution. The license file may not be distributed at all.