Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Awaiting More Details On Vista Licensing Changes

Just wanted to let you guys know that I e-mailed Microsoft asking for some clarifications on the post I wrote yesterday about the new licensing restrictions on Windows Vista. I'm concerned (as are others) that my interpretation may not quite be accurate, so I want to make sure I have all the facts.



  • List244 said:

    I hope you have misinterpreted them. If they are not going to allow me to have one licensed copy on any one machine at a time, I will certainly be looking away from Windows Vista. I certainly am not paying 400 USD every other time I decide to upgrade or reformat my system.

    October 13, 2006 2:54 PM
  • I'm still waiting for an official clarification from Microsoft on what the new Vista licensing terms

    October 13, 2006 3:21 PM
  • Arent they referring to the OEM versions which I believe would be logical since it comes with the pc you buy. I am pretty sure that if your motherboard is broken you and you can't activate your copy of Vista that you will need to call a certain phone number to tell them your old mobo is dead and they will give you a new key. It is the same as with Windows XP OEM now if you have activated it too many times.

    October 13, 2006 3:30 PM
  • capncrazy68 said:

    I don't feel Microsoft has done enough research in this area, and just aren't aware of how many users are doing these upgrades.  They do know that they have the monopoly (so far) to gamers like us, running their Flight Simulator X which not only requires Windows.  Every version of FS they come out with just about requires hardware upgrades, in which the majority of the Flight Sim community build their own PCs for this purpose.  A huge controversy is already in many of our forums, and the general consensus is that if we cannot install more than 2, we are pretty much forced to keep Windows XP.  If MS is interested in making money, this is not the way to accomplish it.  From what i understand, in our community, Vista was made in conjunction with FSX for better compatability, yet they are giving us reasons NOT to use it.  I think if this isn't cleared up soon, a class action will be inevitable.  They just aren't gonna get more money from us to RE-activate our software.  Just not gonna happen!

    October 16, 2006 8:07 PM