Originally Posted by Blue Destroyer
no, it would be more like the cop escorting you along at 75mph in a 65mph zone. But bad analogy(both mine and yours) are still bad.
so your saying, when you call in and the MS representative that activates your copy of windows is told everything and they activate it(and that's the key, they don't allow you to activate it, THEY ACTIVATE IT FOR YOU), its still our fault? i don't think so. They are exactly saying that the installation does not violate EULA. You cant approve something(specially when i always give them full information on what is/has been replaced)Then say...no no no, we didn't mean it was actually approved. BS you approved it with all the knowledge of what was/has been replaced and you activate it.
Exactly, you both were making bad analogies. This is all a moral issue in the end. Microsoft does not have a reliable way to know what is the real reason you changed the motherboard; they don't know if you can still find another just like that one for sale; they don't even know if the first one doesn't work or not. They could have the biggest law firm on the other side of the phone and still not know it.
That will always be a question of trust. And if they trust what you are telling them, they are not violating their own EULA, they are making an addendum to the specific contract between you and Microsoft. The phone call is the proof and the addendum itself. They are giving you the right to activate it on another motherboard/system, despite the original phrasing of the contract; it is now changed, the agreement has been revised the moment they give you another activation key.
Of course, if they later find out you were lying, that is another matter altogether, and you may be held responsible for that.