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: This has to be a joke
by Get a Life on Fri 17th Feb 2006 14:58 UTC in reply to "This has to be a joke"
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Here's how a new motherboard is a new computer:

Microsoft has a monopoly on desktop operating systems. The growth of this operating system market for them just isn't as good as it could be. There are a few more pennies in there that Microsoft wants comprised of people upgrade computers piecemeal. Nevermind that companies will sell you OEM copies of Windows with HDDs or whatever.
There's also the release of Vista, which I'm sure can use any help it can get in order to expedite its adoption. If releasing Halo 2 only for Vista isn't enough, there's always the incentive that if you buy a forthcoming AM2 processor/motherboard, that you'll have to set fire to that OEM copy of Windows you got three years ago from Newegg and pick up a copy of Vista.

And for that reason a new motherboard is not only a new computer, but it justifies making you purchase a new copy of Windows. But don't try to transfer that previous OEM copy with your old motherboard, because that's bad too.

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