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I don't know if this has been posted here yet,

Found this Article over at MaximumPC and it is VERY interesting reading for anyone that plans on purchasing the new Windows Vista Operating System from Microsoft. IF you build your own PC beware of this notification.

The controversy du jour regards a particularly abhorrent clause that Ed Bott noticed in Microsoft’s end-user license agreement for Vista. Most software EULAs are documents filled with nasty lists of things that you can’t do with the software you purchased, but the clause Microsoft snuck in unannounced is especially evil. It’s titled “Reassign to another device.â€

Here’s the exact text: “The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time.†That means that if you purchase a copy of Vista at retailâ€"be it the $200 Home Basic or the $400 Vista Ultimate packageâ€"you have the right to install that OS on one machine. When you retire that machine, you can install the OS on a second PC, but that’s it. Unlike the Windows XP EULA, which permits you to continue transferring the OS indefinitely (as long as you remove it from the previous machine), Vista’s EULA restricts each copy of the OS to two computers.

Naturally, the new policy will be enforced using Product Activation. Upgrade too much hardware, too many times and Microsoft will disable your legally purchased version of Windows Vista. Frighteningly, none of the Microsoft representatives I’ve spoken with can specify what determines the difference between a hardware upgrade and a new machine; all they’ll say is that it’s a complicated algorithm.

This makes Vista very, very unattractive for anyone who builds his or her own rigs. Vista will force people who frequently build new machines or do regular major upgradesâ€"like you and meâ€"to pay Microsoft a couple hundred bucks a year for the privilege of running Vista. I’ve had a few problems with the new OS, but I’m ready to drop WinXP. But it will be a cold day in hell before I pay multiple times for the same piece of software for the same PC. That’s highway robbery.

Why is Microsoft doing this? Because it can. There will be relatively few people affected by this license change, as the vast majority of Vista builds will end up in OEM machines purchased by people who don’t upgrade. Indeed, even if everyone who’s affected by this clause decides to boycott Vista, it won’t make a measureable impact on sales.

I’ve never been more conflicted about a product before. If the EULA remains as-is, I’ll be unable to recommend Vista to the Maximum PC elite. The hitch is DirectX 10, which only works with Vista. I just saw the first batch of games written for DirectX 10, and they make “next-gen†console titles look like bantha fodder. Every hardcore gamer will be forced to make a Hobson’s choice.

I’ve sent a letter saying the same thing to the higher-ups at Microsoft, but I don’t really expect to hear anything good. I’d be really interested to hear what you guys think about this mess, so feel free to join the discussion in our forums.

This is a dark day for PC enthusiasts.
 

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well i dont feel like reading all of it but im pretty sure this has been hashed out. microsoft caved last week or so and lifted the limit of installs for everyone due to enthusiasts.
 

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This isnt true anymore, Vista is allowed to transfer UNLIMITED ammount of times now...
 

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If game makers boycott that,since people like us buy their games,MS would not have a choice but to change the policy.I have no plans to upgrade to vista myself.It will take MS to stop supporting XP for me to stop.But that will be a few years from now.
I would think it woul dbe against the law to make us pay again.If that is what their way of stopping pirated copies is,then people like us shoul dhave a number to call and get a new CD Key when needed.I upgrade major parts often and this really does make Vista even more unattractive.
 

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Just as a note Microsoft has already repealed this decision.
 

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wow...thats terrible, seriously...and i thought the xp liscence was annoying just to redo it everytime you decided to get a new part
 

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Ah, found an update to this topic. It's all clear, you can come out now.


This wording is from Microsoft:

"I'm very pleased to let you know you this morning (or afternoon, or evening, depending on where you are when you read this) that the Windows division has revised the retail license terms for Windows Vista in a significant way. Namely, the terms regarding license-to-device assignment of the retail product (including Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate) now read as follows: You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices.

Our intention behind the original terms was genuinely geared toward combating piracy; however, it's become clear to us that those original terms were perceived as adversely affecting an important group of customers: PC and hardware enthusiasts. You who comprise the enthusiast market are vital to us for several reasons, not least of all because of the support you've provided us throughout the development of Windows Vista. We respect the time and expense you go to in customizing, building and rebuilding your hardware and we heard you that the previous terms were seen as an impediment to that -- it's for that reason we've made this change. I hope that this change provides the flexibility you need, and gives you more reason to be excited about the upcoming retail release of our new operating system."


http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=35970
 

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And so there is Linux...
Mandriva,Unbuntu,Fedora,list goes on....oh and Windows XP SP2....the only beast to come from MICROSOFT...slipstreamed w/all current updates...just incase!!!
 
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