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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by kaiwai on Fri 17th Feb 2006 23:50 UTC
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How is this different? Hasn't this always been the case? the last time I remember, you could not transfer an OEM copy from one machine to another as it was welded, after the first activation, to that particular computer.

When inquiring to Microsoft about this (occured around a year and a half ago), that was the official position back then - thats unless it was only the position of Microsoft New Zealand at that point.

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