Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 12:41 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows "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.
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Going to have to call bull...
by nstuart on Fri 17th Feb 2006 13:22 UTC
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2005-07-06

I just installed the second brand new motherboard with the same OEM license yesterday. The first time I had to call and simply re-activate the license, this time for some reason the activation went straight through with out having to call!

This latest time around I replaced both MB and Chipset with out issues. And yes, I have an OEM version bought from zipzoomfly. CD Label says OEM right on it.

Usually I wouldn't defend Windows/MS at all, but I don't know what the issue is here. Plus, there is no link to offically support the license change coming right from MS.

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