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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by joesnow on Fri 17th Feb 2006 18:54 UTC
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if ya don't like it so much, you DO have a choice of other perfectly well working OS's that DO run MS software.

Besides, this only applies to people who didn't format their system when they bought a new PC anyway, typically Home Edition users, but either way, if you're using your systems for something serious enough for it to matter, you'll have either an enterprise license or some form of non-OEM version installed anyway, pirated or legit.

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