Sneaky Terms in Windows Vista License

I wrote yesterday about the release of the new Windows Vista licensing terms, but at the time, none of the links to the pdfs worked. Well, they are there now, and according to Ed Bott, there are some sneaky changes, including, being able to move your Windows license to another machine just once, where previously, you could transfer it to as many computers as you wanted, as long as you removed it from teh computer you moved it from.

Before you use the software under a license, you must assign that license to one device (physical hardware system). That device is the “licensed device.”

Sections 15 and 16, “Reassign to Another Device,” and “Transfer to a Third Party,” are new. You can go read the exact terms for yourself. The sort version is that you may “reassign the license to another device one time” or “make a one time transfer of the software, and this agreement, directly to a third party.” [emphasis added] Source: Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report

So all you modders, tweakers and jammers, be aware, the two machine limit will be enforced by Windows Product Activation.