Upgraded Motherboard Needs New Windows license

Picked this up from Aviran’s Place.

Microsoft stated:

An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a “œnew 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.

It further reasons:

Microsoft needed to have one base component “œleft standing” that would still define that original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the “œheart and soul” of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially created.

I think this kind of reasoning will encourage rather than discourage piracy and/or resort to open source software. In my opinion, the “heart and soul” (should it have one) of a computer is the data/information stored therein. The CPU is merely a tool by which this data/information is processed.

Also, taking this argument to the extreme, any upgrade one makes with the processor itself (not the motherboard, though this may be far-fetched) will require a new license.

Bring on Linux, in all its flavors and all free open source software!

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  • umm who bought windows here, raise your hand…. i thought so

  • banana

    thats just dumb, I that would make licensed windows users like (some) of us be more disadvantageous rather than giving us an edge over piracy supporters.

  • vmyap

    i guess many people will transfer to linux. and this might increase in use of pirated windows.

  • darkblak

    mabuhay ang mga pirata!!!! hehehe…

    panigurado magiging mabenta pa rin ang piniratang bintana.

  • PoshNeya

    how are they going to “strictly” implement this?

  • Read the EULA of both OEM licenses and FPP (Full-Packaged Product) licenses. FPP licenses allow you to transfer license from one PC to another and covers motherboard upgrades; OEM licenses, because they are tied to the original equipment, are non-transferrable. That is why OEM licenses are cheaper.

    And how will they enforce? Through the activation process. Upgrading a motherboard will force the activation process.

    Read about it at my blog in http://www.technopinoy.com.

  • baluga01

    this is your door to linux. i dont know why they are trying to insert themselves in a narrow window.

    (paano na ung licensed windows 95 sa 486 ko? huhuhu…)

  • b2bee

    I have absolutely zero knowledge of linux but someone gave me a live ubuntu CD so I am seriously thinking of migrating to linux. Goodbye Windows! … Can you please give me links to what I have to read to cope with the migration to ubuntu? I read the documentation but it was not enough to enlighten me.