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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"There's nothing illegal in placing in the contract a provision allowing a party to change the contract - even without their consent"

In US Civil Court, a contract must benefit both parties. If it does not, it is not considered a valid contract. The same goes for any changes to an existing (already signed/agreed to) contract. Otherwise, it doesn't hold up in Civil Court.

However, in this case, it may simple be considered a clarification. This is also a bit tricky. In a Civil case, anything that isn't clear is supposed to go against the party that drafted the contract (MS). For some reason that doesn't hold up as well as it should.

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