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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EULA Ammendments
by randy7376 on Fri 17th Feb 2006 15:55 UTC
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This is one of the fundamental problems with Microsoft software: EULA ammendments.

Are they ammending the EULA during an update or patch from the website making it something you have unknowingly agreed to? With Microsoft, something you agreed to initially may get changed at a later time.

Most folks using Microsoft's website or Automatic Updates are not going to read EULA, again, assuming they even read it in the first place.

Sure sounds like an unfair business practice.

As for me, I'm going to pass the word along to the folks I know that are currently running Windows.

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