Brian W wrote:
> Just reading through the OEM EULA on my Vista Ultimate (it is labelled
> as EN-US even though I'm in the UK, so I won't go into the legalities or
> otherwise of it here!) I built my own PC, and have a generic OEM Vista
> At the start, it says:-
> INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS. The software license is permanently
> assigned to the device with which you acquired the software. That
> device is the "licensed device." A hardware partition is considered to
> be a separate device.
> So, the HDD Windows is installed on is the licensed device, according to
> this. (A 'hardware partition' is, by definition, a partition on a HDD).
> Also, I acquired the software without any hardware (perfectly legal in
> the UK/Europe).
> Further down, we have:
> TRANSFER TO A THIRD PARTY. You may transfer the software directly to a
> third party only with the licensed device. You may not keep any copies
> of the software or any earlier version. Before any permitted transfer,
> the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer
> and use of the software. The transfer must include the Certificate of
> Authenticity label.
> So, if the licensed device is the HDD Windows is installed on, where in
> the EULA does it state that changing the motherboard is considered as
> changing the computer? If I read this right, I could change every
> component except the original HDD and still be complying with the EULA
> as it's written.
> Thoughts on this please
So, if the hard drive goes south, you have to buy another license? How
cute. Another reason to wait for Vista because this will cause a lot of
flack and, hopefully, they will come to their senses and change this