[LINK] Microsoft: the environmantalist

Brenda Aynsley bpa at iss.net.au
Sat Nov 29 15:34:46 AEDT 2008

Carl Makin wrote:
> On 29/11/2008, at 2:31 PM, David Boxall wrote:
>> PUNTERS ARE APPARENTLY scrambling to get their hands on used, second
>> hand PCs, not just because they offer a cheap fix in tough economic
>> times, but mainly because they come loaded with Windows XP rather than
>> Vista.
> Then they are probably doing so illegally.  Last time I looked when  
> you purchased a PC or a boxed copy of windows you were only granted a  
> non-transferrable license.  If you sell your PC then the purchaser is  
> expected to purchase their own copy of windows.

I believe the transferability refers to the pc not the person.  Provided 
you have the media (disks/CD/DVD), the documentation (licence) and the 
Certificate of Authenticity attached to the machine, you are 
legitimately allowed to give/sell/transfer that windows machine to 
another person.

In the case of corporate/select agreements, you cannot meet those 
conditions since you are unlikely to have at least one of those three 
items (the disks or the documentation).

I know law and commonsense don't go together necessarily but think on 
this.  How many of us 'register' our details when we activate a windows 
licence?  I have never 'registered' any of my MS products so who would 
know 'I' have an MS licence?


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