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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Thank you for using Windows
by ma_d on Fri 17th Feb 2006 15:21 UTC
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We'd like you to know that we enjoy writing incredible programs for you. But unfortunately we've realized that it's very expensive to fund the cure for AID's in Africa and so we'd like you to pay for it everytime you buy something else too.
Now, of course, this copy you've just bought is actually not yours. In fact, you've signed away your soul when you started using it too; and we here at Microsoft appreciate your gift of your soul to us, but I'm afraid we're gonna have to ask you for another $130.

Just remember, those Apple folks pay $130 when they want to upgrade their computers with a new OS. Well, we here at Microsoft can't ship every year; so we figured we'd ask you to pay us when you upgrade the fine hardware made for our platform.

Just in case you thought you could sneak one by us, your name is [fill in your name here], you're 6' 3", and pretty ugly (You have a webcam).

Don't even think about that Linux thing either. It's only compatible with users who still have a soul, and well, we aren't gonna give it back; not even for all the tea in China!

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