Re: More importantly
In fact it does. Microsoft can be a real hoot. Gather round and hear my tale.
I have 2 HTPC's running fully licenced Win 8.1's. One HTPC runs on 2.5" spinning rust, the other on SSD.
After much nagging about Win 10 it decided to have a go at it where it could do the least harm, and 'applied' for the Win 10 'upgrade'. After a few weeks the install came through and i ran it. Af few programs like Bitdefender were nixed for being 'incompatible', but they were quickly reinstalled.
Now this HTPC runs on an Intel 3225 with internal graphics, and I wasn't best pleased with the performance, especially playing HD sources. The OTHER HTPC, however, runs an AMD A8 APU which much more muscle, especially in the graphics department. This HTPC, as you remember, has a conventional HD, so it takes a while to boot up, which can be annoying for a Home Entertainment system.
So I yanked the SSD from the Intel box and put it in the AMD box. To my great surprise it booted without isues, and after installing the correct drivers for the AMD APU and some ancillaries I found myself with a HTPC in perfect working order;
This must have been totally unacceptable to Microsoft, because when I booted the system yesterday it informed me I needed to activate Windows. Upon clicking the appropriate buttons, I was warned that the product code was invalid, and I needed to input a new one. But the code from the Original 8.1 installation does not work anymore (remember, this is a real license) and when Microsoft pushed the OTA Win 10 install, it did not issue me a new product code.
So the free Win 10 'upgrade' has now resulted in a 'Win 8.1 invalidation'.
Oh well, I have some unused 7 licenses left, or I could try XBMCBuntu (or is that called KodiBuntu now ?)