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Terms of Service change?

by chuckieu / March 2, 2006 5:06 AM PST

I recently saw an article stating that Windows was changing the TOS to where you couldn't reactivate if you changed the motherboard in your computer. It said they considered that a whole new computer. Was in a hurry, so I meant to go back. Got the idea it was about XP, but could have been Vista or something else. Haven't been able to find another mention. If true, this would mean not upgrading to a 64-bit board and CPU, or abandoning Windows. I am NOT going to pay twice for something I bought in good faith. Anyone have a clue what I am talking about? chuck

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Only applies to some OEM copies.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2006 5:13 AM PST

The full retail versions have no such limitation.

Imagine those that bought a HP or other and make such a change. It's a tad more expensive.


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I've not heard of this
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 2, 2006 5:16 AM PST

Not heard anything myself chuckieu.

I don't think they would do this to XP at this late stage, with a new OS coming out soon.

In any case, I don't see Microsoft would do it. I know they have issues with pirating Windows, etc, but the majority of users purchase Windows legally, whether OEM, Corporate or single user license, and so that purchase is of the software, not the hardware. They wouldn't penalize genuine Windows users like that if, say, a motherboard went south and had to be replaced.

I think this may just be a rumour that's making the rounds.


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On third m/b
by phantazy / March 2, 2006 11:33 AM PST
In reply to: I've not heard of this

But with same processor, no issue with XP Pro license so far. Last change December 2005.

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Probably right
by chuckieu / March 3, 2006 4:43 AM PST
In reply to: On third m/b

Proprietary OEMs (some). Never had a problem activating my full disc OEM I bought from Newegg, either online or by phone. And I have done it more than a few times (upgrades and XP screwups). Thanks, everyone. Other than
more dual-channel RAM, only upgrade left is going from AMD XP3000 to 64-bit MOBO and cheapest CPU that can be
changed to X2 when money is there. chuck

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