Motherboards have serial numbers. http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/MSI_barcode_info.asp
Yep, it's the motherboard, as long as it's the same series. Source: http://download.microsoft.com/downl.../OEMSoftwareLicensingRulesandRestrictions.pdf
The EU should just ban MS rubbish outright and be done with it.
I don't agree with some of these "take it or leave it" software licensing terms because at the end of the day, if you piss-off the consumer people are bound to look for alternatives.
If there is a problem when actication, call the activation line and tell them you've reinstalled windows because you had a virus and they will allow you to reactivate.
Where this sort of stuff really hurts is in developing countries. We are a charity working hard to advance education - often giving kids their first experience of even using a computer because they, and the communities they live in, are too poor to be able to buy one. The computers we donate are not new and consequently need to be replaced fairly regularly so transferability of software is essential. We will have to start installing Open Source software instead of Microsoft. Consequently it will be Microsoft that loses out in the longer term as our students will grow up using a different product, which they will most likely stick with in the future (when they do have earning and spending potential as a result of the education they have received).
Why does Microsoft have to make having a piece of software or an operating system such a pain in the a$$?
Parents that choose to go with open source, have kids that are in the same position as your students. Microsoft had better quit burning bridges today, if they want people to use their product tomorrow.
I don't suppose MS is too worried about developing countries as they must suffer from pirate versions of their products.