OEM licences live & die with the computer?
So Microsoft are saying:
"OEM Microsoft Windows licenses do not have any transfer rights and live and die on the original computer they are shipped with and installed on, period."
They might want to take a closer look at their EULA then, and in particular the license that also ships with Dell machines, namely this line:
"This End-User License Agreement ("EULA") is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or a single legal entity) and the manufacturer ("Manufacturer") of the computer system"
This line means the EULA isn't an agreement between you and Microsoft, it's between you and the supplier, Dell for example.
The EULA also says:
"The terms of a printed, paper EULA, which may accompany the SOFTWARE, supersede the terms of any on-screen EULA."
And Dell include a separate license with all their systems which states:
"This agreement covers all software that is distributed with the dell product, for which there is no separate licence agreement between you and the manufacturer or owner of the software."
So for Dell computers, Microsoft are talking nonsense. Their OEM EULA explicitly states that it's an agreement between yourself and Dell, that any paper licence supersedes it, and Dell provide just such a licence with every computer they sell.
And when you look at the Dell licence, it has no such restriction, it just says:
"You may use one copy of the Software on one computer at a time. If you have multiple licences for the Software, you may use as many copies at a time as you have licenses."
I haven't checked Windows 7 yet, but Windows XP and Vista both had these terms, and every single machine we've bought from Dell since 2003 has had that licence with it.
Microsoft may want you to buy new OEM software with every machine, but that's NOT what their licence says.