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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What's the point...
by Tuishimi on Fri 17th Feb 2006 15:32 UTC
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...of buying a PC with OEM Windows on it, then? Better off just building your own super-PC right from the start. Wouldn't companies like Dell and Gateway be worried about this? Or will they pick up the cost of a new license if their motherboard blows up?

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