Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
You have misunderstood the OEM licensing. In a nutshell, once you activate an OEM copy of Windows on a computer, it's tied to that computer forever.
I have been going through this thread and noticed the excellent and educational advises
given to Codfish by all of you.
After all the negative rants I came across yesterday, it's refreshing to see people committed to advise Codfish's in his dilemma.
Sevenforum's is definitely one of the most descent forums I came across.
Particularly pparks1's elaborate and honest posts were a joy to read. +rep
There are two things I would like to add to the discussion:
The first thing is about parenting and money.
Every parent has his or her own set of rules and values and it is hard, if not impossible to argue about it.
I am not sure about Codfish's father's motivation, but I am sure he will have a perfectly good reason.
We only heard Codfish's side of the story.
The only thing I could criticize about it, is that it's better practice to let your children know the reason why.
(means less resistance)
I taught my children, now both 24 yrs and 28 yrs old, that as long as they are under my care,
they will have to abide to a set of rules and values, just like in the outside world.
My rules were not harsh or rigid in any way, but if they broke them on purpose,
they would have to face the consequences. Just like in the real world.
Until my kids were 18, they had to consult me when they wanted to spend a large amount of their savings.
That was to protect them against hasty and/or foolish spending, which they would regret later.
Not to have some sort of power over them.
(let's not forget that until they are 18, the parents are responsible and liable for their actions)
Based upon my own oppinion (i can't speak for others) I would advise Codfish to ask his father to motivate his decision in more detail.
And to respect his father's decision, even if it's not what he wants to hear.
I would also advise in the future to not discuss a matter between him and his father in a open forum.
In this case he is in good company, but the internet is mostly not the safest place for privacy sensitive matters.
(Anyone can stumble upon this thread in Google, including his father)
Besides, his father is not here to defend his motivations, and he shouldn't have to, to strangers.
I see a lot of parents that couldn't care less about what their kids get into.
His father obviously cares.
The second thing is a license matter.
OEM tied to the computer forever is not accurate.
Last year I bought a Vista Ultimate OEM copy at my local store for only € 99,-
instead of the retail price of € 199,-
I installed and activated it on my laptop, but that thing died a few months later.
I called Microsoft activation service, got a nice lady, told her I wanted to activate my copy on my HTPC .
She didn't ask any questions and in 10 minutes I had my copy activated on my HTPC.
Now, I don't know if that was just my way with women (
), or standard policy of MS.
Just wanted you all to know what happened.