Microsoft recently made a change to the licence agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows licence.
Here is what Microsoft has to say:
â€œAn upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a â€œnew personal computerâ€ to which MicrosoftÂ® 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.
Looks like the new saying will be … Dude, your NOT getting a Dell!
Looks like Microsoft has finally carved in stone for ALL OEM computer makers, what Dell and a few others have been doing for quite a while now…. marrying the OEM Windows Operating System to the purchased OEM computer.
Sad day for fair use.