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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I hope companies start making their games for Macintel systems too, because this copy of Windows I'm using right now will likely be my last.

XP done that for me. Cedega allows me to play the games I want, and there is Loki installers for others... anyway, that is off-topic...

Back on topic,

I paid good money for my copy of Windows, and I should be able to install it on my PC as many times as I see fit. If I upgrade my PC, I should be free to re-install Windows as many times as I want, without speaking to Microsoft and paying for the call charges.

All in all, this amounts to extortion.

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