Last week I published some information about Microsoft XP’s activation policy when you replace the motherboard.

The item resulted in a blizzard of feedback. The most interesting clarification came from Gnomie William Ford, who noted that the no upgrade for OEM EULA policy has been around since at least late 2004.

To quote:

“Generally, you may upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on your customer’s computer and the customer may maintain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software, with the exception of an upgrade or replacement of the motherboard. Unless upgraded or replaced under warranty, if the motherboard is upgraded, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required. The original Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to another computer.”

As of February 28th, 2005, all COA keys affixed to the computer case will have Internet activation disabled. A mandatory phone call will be prompted to receive an override key after answering a series of questions which manually verify them as legitimate.

If you’ve got your own version of XP, you will probably be able to upgrade and certify your installation online, but it’s clear that Microsoft is moving to close this revenue leak.

And in other news…

Google’s Personalized Homepage allows you to add all kinds of modules, weather maps, a Yahoo! search box, or whatever. The only problem was there was no place to easily find or submit modules. While Google has a directory of its own, it doesn’t update with new submissions often. There is an incredible collection of modules at

So if you want to play a Google video on your Google home page, track a satellite, or create a to-do list, then is for you.

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