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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RE: Not enforceable in Finland
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 13:24 UTC in reply to "Not enforceable in Finland"
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Here we own the damn thing, and do with it as we please.

That's the whole point-- you don't own a damn thing. You have a license to use the software, much like you are allowed to use a rental house, even though the house itself is not yours.

That is no different in Finland as it is on the moon.

That is not to say whether or not this stuff MS is doing with licenses being non-transferrable or not is enforcable.

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