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Upgrade your motherboard? You'll need a new Windows licence (OEM Only)

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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.â€

The reason Microsoft gave for this term is that “Microsoft needed to have one base component “left standing†that would still define that original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the “heart and soul†of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially created.â€

Microsoft sent a memo to its OEM partners asking them to enforce this new policy, every time they upgrade a computer for a client.
http://www.aviransplace.com/index.ph...d-new-licence/
    
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post #2 of 22
This is Microsofts way of making more memory. I know I change my MB 1 or 2 times a year, but I can't do that any more if I were to have to buy a new OS every time
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post #3 of 22
that suxx
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post #4 of 22
This is OEM only though. Basically for pre-built systems only.
     
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post #5 of 22
Doesn't mean much to me but if you bought the dam thing you should have the right to install it on any machine as long as its only one.
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post #6 of 22
Microsoft, you suck .
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post #7 of 22
Get Linux...
LOL how fast do you think someone can crack this?
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post #8 of 22
that i know of it already is.
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post #9 of 22
I was fixing a friends PC the other day with XP Home (new HD, new install of XP) and its the first time I encountered this activation stuff. It must be a pain to have to go through that crap everytime you reinstall :/
post #10 of 22
that activation stuff does suck, lucky for my my dad had some extra unused XP disks at his office
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