__/ [nuhairi] on Sunday 19 February 2006 02:00 \__
> "Tech blogs are fizzing with rage at the 'revelation' that Microsoft
> small print says a new Windows OEM licence must be purchased if a
> motherboard is changed or upgraded.
> The software behemoth is quoted as saying that the 'heart and soul' of
> a PC lies therein, and so changing it - other than in the case of a
> failure - amounts to creating a new machine. Other licence types do not
> face such restrictions."
> read here:
> "I'm thinking Linux"
This could put an end to a controversial scenario. One could no longer shove
new/modified components onto the same case, as means for upgrades while
retaining the same licenses and software (in the hard-drive).
The exception of course are fried motherboards and Microsoft seem to account
for that. Yet, how could they ever verify this? Would they ask for faulty
hardware as proof? As in "here's my OEM licence, and oh! Here's my fried
CPU, so I'm off the hook".