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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I think this particular type of change only have to do with restoration CDs from OEM licensees like DELL or Gateway.

The things is, the restoration CDs that come with a pre-packaged PC doesn't require activation - it is locked down according to the system configuration (mainly the motherboard). It won't install without a close enough set of hardware.

So, what that means is that, if I have one of those PCs and I replace it with a new one (without the old one being defective), I could essentially put the previous working motherboard elsewhere and have the restoration CD work its magic with that board ALSO without getting a new license (no activation required).

I think it's for that reason Microsoft is revising the license to say that the OEM license is only transferrable if the original motherboard is DEFECTIVE.

So I think from this perspective it is reasonable. (And probably why some people at earlier post mentions that their OEM Windows CD (not restoration) works without problems.

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