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Windows licensing

2006-02-21 17:38:20.005014+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Can anyone out there verify this?

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.

The article goes into a little more detail, but...

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-23 06:14:03.081939+00 by: baylink

As nearly as anyone over at Metafilter could figure out, this is just a rediscovery of the limitations on OEM licenses, like the ones Dell bundles.

Note that the piece *says* OEM. They're merely going to enforce it now.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-23 16:20:49.964187+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yabbut... I think very few people have bought anything but OEM licenses. I know of at least one shop that'll sell you either a full shrinkwrap at full shrinkwrap price, or an OEM license at OEM price if you buy hardware with it. I've gotten a new headset and a new hard drive that way...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-23 17:40:21.27268+00 by: baylink

The traditional "bundled hardware" seems to be a $3 mouse these days.

But, no; lots of people buy retail copies. We sell a fair number of retail copies.