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Microsoft has released licenses for the Windows Vista operating system that dramatically differ from those for Windows XP in that they limit the number of times that retail editions can be transferred to another device and ban the two least-expensive versions from running in a virtual machine.
The new licenses, which were highlighted by the Vista team on its official blog Tuesday, add new restrictions to how and where Windows can be used.
“The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time. If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the “licensed device,” reads the license for Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and Business. In other words, once a retail copy of Vista is installed on a PC, it can be moved to another system only once.
This was bound to happen at some point, and as usual Microsoft will
anger a lot of people with this revision to a Windows licence, this won’t go over well with Tech hobbyist and gamers who have become accustomed to reinstalling windows on home built machines over and over.
The will get even worse over time as software piracy is becoming a bigger problem and Microsoft hasn’t been able to quell the millions of
unlicensed windows installs .
Microsoft’s latest attempts will no doubt be closely watched by other
software providers who are always looking for new ways to prevent
theft of there own intellectual properties.
Then again, this should be a positive thing for some forms of Linux.
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