Microsoft Tries User-Friendly Vista Terms

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Licensing terms for the Vista operating system had been crafted in a manner that drew the scorn and derision of PC enthusiasts who wanted to be able to move a Vista license from one piece of hardware to another.

The announcement Nick White made on the official Windows Vista blog should help assuage the concerns that have been expressed over Vista’s “retail market license-to-device assignment”.

Microsoft revised the terms significantly, White said. Those changes apply to Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate versions of the long-awaited operating system. White described the change in the blog:

You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices.

Our intention behind the original terms was genuinely geared toward combating piracy; however, it’s become clear to us that those original terms were perceived as adversely affecting an important group of customers: PC and hardware enthusiasts. You who comprise the enthusiast market are vital to us for several reasons, not least of all because of the support you’ve provided us throughout the development of Windows Vista.

Engadget noted this change would let a person “tinker with your PC without worrying about running out of reactivations or having to humiliate yourself by begging a Microsoft CSR to give you just one more install.”

Also, Cyril Kowaliski pointed out on The Tech Report that Vista’s revised terms now resemble those for Windows XP. But Vista’s terms may be more favorable, as XP licenses only allowed such transfers under “specific circumstances” like a hardware failure.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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