Though M$ says that you have Upgraded the unit by fitting a New M'Board and so on. @ $60.00 it's easy to eat the cost and just comply with the M$ Ruling as I personally don't want the Hassles of being involved in a Protracted Legal Battle over what is effectively rubbish to begin with.
However @ $180.00 which is about an hours work it's a different matter to eat the cost of a License and as you say repairing a CNC Lathe or whatever so it works again is a Repair which doesn't need a New License.
This is great stuff to work with well at least the stuff that I do it's all involved in the Power Generation Industry and they make Mega Watt Generators used in Coal/Gas Fired Power Stations, Wind Turbines, Hydro and so on.
Lots of fancy machines on the floor and no people unless Service Work is being performed or Raw Materials are being poured in one end and the finished product is being removed at the other.
About 5 years ago they refitted this place which means pulling everything out and throwing it away then getting the new equipment in setting up the production floor and then leaving things in place for the next few years. About the only thing reused where the grates on the floors over the Cable Trenches and while they still use Coax as a Network Cable everything was re-pulled when they did the update. Things like Metal Shards and Cutting Oil have a nasty effect on the contents of those cable tench's.
But here with the plant running it's all in how things are defined. The Company sees it as a Repair of a CNC Lathe where as Microsoft sees it as a Upgrade to a computer which effectively runs a CNC Lathe.
Legal Definitions are a B1tch.
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