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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Only mathers if you whant to be legal
by Moulinneuf on Fri 17th Feb 2006 15:05 UTC
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This only mathers if you whant to be legal , otherwise there is more people who just dont care and use it illegally.

Also most people who upgrade motherboard from the OEM dont even know the detail of the service they ask , they just whant the computer to be fixed and to be told the price.

Its a bit like comparing car dealership and good corner store mechanics , the dealer will always sale you original parts from him , as the corner mechanics will sugest other option from other manufacturers.

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