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: Who? Yoo-hoo!
by glarepate on Sat 18th Feb 2006 01:39 UTC in reply to "Who?"
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Come on, who is going to buy a 120 EUR Windows package with an 80 EUR motherboard.

You don't understand how the MS tax works. Or used to work before MS got busted. Considering their compliance record they are prob'ly still doing it.

Hardware manufacturers who sell complete machines also charge a pro-rated fee for sub-assemblies such as mobos, DVD drives, hard discs, etc. They are required to do so by MS. Or at least they were. This change in the license after the fact is no doubt to make up for the loss of license fees by manufacturers that are no longer bound by the [illegal] agreement previously forced on them by MS.

My guess is they are still doing it in the EU since they only got busted for illegal bundling over there.

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