You asked why you can't reinstall what you already paid for on a new computer...
You can. Why can't you? I'm using literally dozens and dozens of old programs on my Windows 8 computer.
Maybe I wasn't as clear as I wanted to be.
All I wanted to do was replace hardware that wore out.
I run a music service for charitable organizations. Sometimes I even get a paying job. I use laptops and need at least two. One as a backup.
I have to work rain or shine, cold or hot and I love what I do.
True, Older programs will run on Win 7 or 8 but I ask, why should I have to be burdened with having to solve compatibility issues?
About six months ago one of my laptops wore out. Both of them were running XP. I replaced it with a new one running Win 7. It took several days to iron out all the issues of compatibility and having to re-license all the music I have purchased over the years.
Then, the other laptop failed that was running XP. I had to replace it but the replacement came with Win 8. You have no idea how complicated it became to attempt to migrate.
You probably don't use a computer to provide a service. Probably you are one that wants the newest thing that comes along.
Me? not so. All I wanted to do was replace hardware.
Now my biggest complaint is why can't hardware be replaced with the same OS that someone like myself knows, understands and can operate?
Yep, older software will run on the operating systems we are forced to buy but why are we forced to buy new operating systems?
All the laptops I've bought have registered copies of Windows. When the hardware fails, we have no choice of an operating system. What happens to our licensed copies of Windows? Does it simply go away because the hardware wears out? That's not right.
You may have all the time in the world to solve compatibility issues, re-purchase music licenses, Me? I do not believe I should be forced to do that.