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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RE[2]: Just to make it clear
by TheGZeus on Tue 7th Sep 2010 16:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Just to make it clear"
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...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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