Re: Way to refund cost of Windows License for new comp purchase?
Wish it were so, but it ain't. Since most licenses are OEM, they aren't valid except on exactly the MB/CPU/HDD combo on which it was initially installed. MS is trying to turn their SW into HW, as it were, and to bind the OS to the box using licensing provisions in such a way that they are inseparable. So, if you want to use the license on another machine, this is illegal. If you want to install Linux and use the license as a VM inside the original box, this is illegal. Dual boot probably qualifies, but the OP, like almost everyone who runs Ubuntu beyond a basic level, expressly said they don't want Windows on their bare metal, so allowing dual boot is a non-solution.
Originally Posted by fontis
For most, there is no real option. Just pay the MS tax, wipe the thing off the HDD and replace it.
Newb: How far must I jump to clear the ledge halfway down?
Guru: It's bad to jump off cliffs. Let's look at better options.
Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just let me jump.