Am I the only one who doesnt really care about these "restrictions"? It seems to me that these changes are all dealing with pirated copies of windows (limiting functionality, disabling features, etc). As such, when I purchase my copy, I really dont feel I will have to worry about being listed as "Invalid" since I have never experienced anything negative from Windows XP when it comes to WGA or activation on that front. Windows has never deactivated on me, or required me to revalidate with WGA due to a hardware change. I have only had to call in one time to reactivate during a reinstall (I had to reinstall 4 times in a week due to some hard drive issues), which took about 3 minutes, and wasnt painful at all.
I guess you can call me a sheep for my views and not wanting to see microsoft make its license more like the various GPL licenses, but, I do feel that I am quite knowledgable, holding an MCSE for Windows 2003 server and getting ready to certify on Vista, plus having several years of PC support under my belt and I feel that this license isnt really anything a legit user will have to worry about. I have followed all of the articles and to me, it seems that most of these articles have no other purpose than trying to flame microsoft for trying to protect their product. As it is, the only limitation that seems to worry me even in the slightest is the moving to more than one pc during a license's lifetime, and even if that does become an issue, there are ways to obtain extremely cheap licenses which are legit directly through microsoft. Heck, I bought the XP license I am using now for $25 and that covers a full copy of WinXP MCE 2005. After reading the article more, it seems the transfer policy is only for giving the pc with the software to someone else. Nowhere in that license quote does it say that you can't move Windows Vista to another PC if you require that. The only stipulation I can find is that you must remove it from the PC it was originally on (makes sense) before installing it on a new pc. And again, the only limitation I see with the transfer comes with OEM copies, which are bound to the PC they are sold with (or hardware) which is why OEM's get such a good discount for the software.
Anyways, As I said, I really dont see a problem in microsoft limiting its software as it has the right to do so to protect its product, but let me ask all of you, do you really think this is going to affect you so much that it would limit or hinder your ability to use the software on a daily basis?