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[Computerbank] RE: Preinstalled Windows: AARGH! I can't get it off!

I think you'll find what that is supposed to mean is that if you buy a PC with Windowz then the licence for Windowz must stay with the PC for life ie it cannot be transfered to another machine(s). I beleive they are saying this in the context that a donated PC should have a Windows licence as the pc was most likely sold with Windows. This doesnt mean you cant wipe the PCs and put Linux on - you'd just have a windows licence attatched to that PC which was not being used and could not be transfered.


-----Original Message-----
From: Romana Challans [mailto:romana@timelady.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 1 May 2002 10:46 AM
To: Computerbank Australia Inc; LinuxSA
Subject: Preinstalled Windows: AARGH! I can't get it off!


If a PC shipped with Windows preinstalled, can you remove the OS and install 
Linux instead? Well, no, according to Microsoft. A somewhat obscure Microsoft 
site aimed at helping schools deal with donated computers flatly states: "It 
is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with a 
machine for the life of the machine." 

the implications of this are, well, scary!
if anyone can't get the rest of the article, let me know, i'll post it...

Romana Challans
Computerbank Australia  Incorporated -  SA branch coordinator

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Between the motion and the act,
Falls the Shadow..."
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