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LXer 02-18-2006 06:01 AM

LXer: Windows OEM Not Transferable to New Motherboard
Published at LXer:

"Microsoft recently made a change to the licence agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows licence. Here is what Microsoft has to say: "An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a 'new personal computer' to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required." Please note that this does not go for retail copies of Windows, but only for OEM versions.


Hangdog42 02-18-2006 07:32 AM

OK, not that I should expect anything different, but this makes absolutely NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. As long as the copy of Windows is running on only one computer, why would they possibly care if the motherboard has changed?

Of course the conspiracy theorist in me sees this as making perfect sense. MS has been making forays into claiming ownership of user's hardware for a long time (such as the XP activation license and some of the implications of DRM) and this would be the next step in that evolution.

And MS wonders why Linux is becoming more popular.

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