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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RE[4]: Not enforceable in Finland
by aent on Fri 17th Feb 2006 21:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not enforceable in Finland"
aent
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2006-01-25

For some reason, almost no store actually will accept the product back for this reason. Circuit City, Best Buy, and so on all will charge restocking fees and many places have no return policies, even if you disagree with the license agreement. Manufacturers like Dell don't care if you don't agree to the license, they won't give you a full refund. Also, another problem is that people steal the license key from the box after opening it and try to return it, making it even more difficult for people to disagree with the license agreement. If you try to return it to the place of purchase, chances are you're not getting a full refund.

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