Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 07, 2007 01:57 AM
No computer is ready to use when it comes to you. I find it harder to set up and update a new Windows computer than install i.e. Ubuntu Linux. If you to the same thing, set up your windows device from a original Microsoft installation media and integrate the needed drivers you will spend more time with it.
There is of course a difference between a one-computer customer and business deal. There are few resellers that offers a non-OS or Linux computer with only a limited hardware offer. Due to the Microsoft tax? Choose the hardware you like, ask for a non-OS or Linux model and if it's not available go for refund. Why not?
Your car engine is something completely different. Thank you for your offer to yank in. If you "buy" a car you "own" it. Of course you can sell or re-use the engine whatever where ever when ever you like. But you don't "buy" the Windows OS. All you get for your "license fee" is the right to use it. Not even freely but bundled to the hardware in most or all cases. Back to the car, with a Microsoft engine and a first start, it's illegal to transfer the engine to another car body. Funny thing. That's why your local law protects you and urges the software company to refund you in the case you don't agree with the license.