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Windows Vista license agreement
Previous | Next by muhgcee 29 January, 2007 - 5:46 AM

Since I will probably be laying down $380 within a month or two for Windows Vista Ultimate, I thought it would be a good idea to read through the license agreement (full text here).

I was actually amazed, at first, at how tame the agreement was. I expected it to be worse. Then I came upon this section (read on)...probably the worst part of the whole thing.

Still, I don't think it will be enough to prevent me from buying (or licensing, as the case may be) the software.

(emphasis mine)

8. SCOPE OF LICENSE. The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you
more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that only allow you to use it in certain ways. For more information, see You may not
· work around any technical limitations in the software;
· reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software, except and only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this limitation;

· use components of the software to run applications not running on the software;
· make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement or allowed by applicable law, despite this limitation;
· publish the software for others to copy;
· rent, lease or lend the software; or
· use the software for commercial software hosting services.

1/30/2007 >> Dark_Knight

It looks like Microsoft Lawyers are working hard plugging those legal loopholes. It looks like they are trying to provent companies from setting up Virtual Servers running Vista and selling usage time.

Anyway, don't buy Vista through a regular store. Dan turned me on to it is like MSDN without the development tools. But for $366 with taxes you can get a download only access (Technet Direct Plus) to Vista, Office 2007, XP SP2, Virtual Server, etc. that you have the license to install on 10 machines. For "Testing" and learning.

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