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Microsoft Vista licence restrictions hit hardware hard

It gets worse
Fri Oct 13 2006, 08:38
SOFTWARE colossus Microsoft has confirmed that licences for its super soar away Vista operating system will be extremely limiting.

According to Techweb, the licences will limit the number of times that it is possible to transfer the operating system to another device. The two least expensive models will not be allowed to work in a virtual machine.

Techweb hacks have been working their way through the licence and found a few things that have not been mentioned in the official releases.

The first is that once you have installed Vista on a machine you can only move it once. If you have an upgrade of your motherboard or anything else that will cause the operating system to think that it is a new computer you have to buy a new copy of Vista.

While the expensive versions of Vista, Vista Ultimate and Vista Business, can be installed within a Virtual Machine environment, Vole forbids you from doing so with the cheaper Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium.

Vista team's blog does not mention these changes. More here. µ

 

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