Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 6th Sep 2010 21:56 UTC
Windows In previous OS News articles, I've claimed that mature computers up to ten years old can be refurbished and made useful. My last article identified and evaluated different ways to refurbish these computers. One approach is to keep the existing Windows install and clean it up. This has the advantage of retaining the Windows license and software, the installed applications, and the existing drivers. But it takes some work. In this article we'll see what this entails.
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Just to make it clear
by TheGZeus on Tue 7th Sep 2010 00:05 UTC
TheGZeus
Member since:
2010-05-19

This is only legal if you are the original licensee.
You cannot pass on a Windows license. Any new purpose/computer owner/user needs a new license, legally.
Ernie Ball uses Linux on all their workstations and servers because MS sued them for 5 figures, and refused to let them simply pay for the new license (they didn't even know that it wasn't permitted by the license terms).

Yeah.
I left Windows behind 3.5 years ago.
Don't miss it.

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RE: Just to make it clear
by Bending Unit on Tue 7th Sep 2010 00:20 in reply to "Just to make it clear"
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

Nonsense.

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RE[2]: Just to make it clear
by TheGZeus on Tue 7th Sep 2010 15:55 in reply to "RE: Just to make it clear"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

I know, isn't proprietary software silly?

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RE: Just to make it clear
by DrillSgt on Tue 7th Sep 2010 01:28 in reply to "Just to make it clear"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

This is only legal if you are the original licensee.
You cannot pass on a Windows license. Any new purpose/computer owner/user needs a new license, legally.
Ernie Ball uses Linux on all their workstations and servers because MS sued them for 5 figures, and refused to let them simply pay for the new license (they didn't even know that it wasn't permitted by the license terms).


Huh?? What are you smoking? Of course you can transfer the license, and in fact OEM licenses are transferable, as they go with the machine they came with, not a specific person. Volume licenses are different of course, but both Retail and OEM are transferable.

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RE[2]: Just to make it clear
by TheGZeus on Tue 7th Sep 2010 15:55 in reply to "RE: Just to make it clear"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Yeah, sure. Tell it to the judge... Or just read the EULA.

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RE: Just to make it clear
by SuperDaveOsbourne on Tue 7th Sep 2010 01:46 in reply to "Just to make it clear"
SuperDaveOsbourne Member since:
2007-06-24

http://news.cnet.com/2008-1082_3-5065859.html

Old news, and one company that did the right thing when they got pooched by Micro$haft.

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RE[2]: Just to make it clear
by Soulbender on Tue 7th Sep 2010 04:49 in reply to "RE: Just to make it clear"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Wait, what are you saying? That it is possible to run a successful and internationally respected business without MS products? Heresy! We all know that you can't do business without MS Office, Exchange and Windows. Right? Right??
Clearly this is some kind of OSS zealot conspiracy to end capitalism.

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RE: Just to make it clear
by sithlord2 on Tue 7th Sep 2010 08:01 in reply to "Just to make it clear"
sithlord2 Member since:
2009-04-02

Not MS's fault if the IT staff doesn't know the difference between an OEM license and a normal license...

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RE[2]: Just to make it clear
by TheGZeus on Tue 7th Sep 2010 16:00 in reply to "RE: Just to make it clear"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

...and if you change out the mobo it's considered a new computer.
If you change out enough components, I think MS considers it another machine.
Wasn't it an issue with at least Vista that a main HD change constituted a 'new computer' by their licensing terms and WGA would kick in and shout at you?
...or did I dream that last bit.
I do know the first is true, absolutely.

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