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i forgot windows even had licenses wink.gif

What the hell is a Windows License???
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I thought the way it was now you could install/reinstall windows as many times as you wanted with the only limitation being it has to be on the same computer. And the same computer counts as any hardware change you want except for a motherboard. A new motherboard = a new computer = a new windows license.

So now are they going to force you to buy a new license after your third reformat/reinstall or something? Change your ram, then later change your hard drive, and then later upgrade your gpu and then that's it. No more hardware fiddling allowed?

iirc the oem version of win10 ( including the free upgrade) is tied to the motherboard. If you swap the motherboard you have to jump through some hoops to reactivate the upgrade. The full version is less restrictive.

Yup.

I think we've covered this topic half a dozen times in the last year.

But it can't hurt to remind people of why they shouldn't upgrade certain machines in certain situations.


I'm considering upgrading a Windows 8 system just to play Forza on PC, but besides that I'll just buy a disk... "someday".
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MS deactivated my retail copy for to many installs. Don't expect much.
 
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If you buy a license to use Windows on one PC at a time, you should be able to use that copy of Windows on one PC without any further encumbrances.

Should I ever make the mistake of buying Win10, I'll use whatever tools available to ensure I can keep using it.
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If you buy a license to use Windows on one PC at a time, you should be able to use that copy of Windows on one PC without any further encumbrances.

Should I ever make the mistake of buying Win10, I'll use whatever tools available to ensure I can keep using it.

Sadly this is the only possibly resort when software companies are being dirty.

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/3087589/windows/microsoft-helps-troubleshoot-windows-10-activation-with-new-beta.html

Not sure how I feel about this part. Will deactivating the previous Windows 10 installation decrease the "count"? Or is it a hard limit?

This is why I despise proprietary software that controls your PC with DRM lockdowns and other nonsense. Microsoft wants to tell you how often you can change the hardware on your machine. It's ludicrous and I don't see why people tolerate it really. I honestly think MS would be better off just making Windows free like a web browser and focusing on profiting from other ventures.

Sadly, many of us are forced to use Windows if we game. I used to use Linux 24/7 for several years until I got back into gaming again. Now I am back to being forced to use Windows and deal with all this nonsense.
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