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    User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Hi .
    This is interesting case. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6144782.stm

    Michael

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Didnt we feature this on here the other week before it hit every newspaper in town as well as TV?

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    It seems obvious to me. If you buy a PC and don't accept the Windows EULA I don't see what choice the OEM has in the matter.

    I'm slightly puzzled by the fact that the OEM (in this case Dell) refunded the cost of the OS. I would of thought that would of been Microsoft? But I guess Dell just bill Microsoft after the fact?

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Er, why didn't he just ask Dell to provide the laptop with Freedos disks instead of windows? You just have to phone up and ask (well, and talk to a call centre drone with a clue - which you can obtain by asking $technical_question).

    I spy a media whore.

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    You can't do that as a retail customer. It's only offered as an option to educational/business buyers.

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Freelance programmer Dave Mitchell

    Working freelance, he _is_ a business customer. Admittedly a small business, but Dell do allow it. Whether he has sufficient clue to click "small business" is another question. Maybe he thought publicity was more important.

    I'm not having a go at Linux or Linux users, (use it, like it and am one myself) and I certainly think there should be more OS choices. I just think the guy comes across as a prat.

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Fair enough then, it's FUD at Dells expense. However the wider 'Microsoft Tax' on new PCs is a real issue.

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Since he still has the media and license sticker and hasn't technically been re-imbursed for the software (he received a 'goodwill payment'), if he decides that the EULA isn't all that bad and he will accept it, can he then use Windows XP Home on this machine in the future?

    Sounds like a good way to get another £50 off a DELL to me.

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    Re: User paid to uninstall Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    Er, why didn't he just ask Dell to provide the laptop with Freedos disks instead of windows? You just have to phone up and ask (well, and talk to a call centre drone with a clue - which you can obtain by asking $technical_question).

    I spy a media whore.
    Indeed, especially in light of this quote:
    "I've cost Dell £50, not Microsoft, which is a slightly annoying," said Mr Mitchell. He encouraged other people to try to get a refund and wondered if Dell's policy on which operating systems it offered on laptops would change if enough people tried."

    I'm sorry but anyone who courts publicity if there is another way to solve their problem probably has "Black and Decker" branded somewhere about their body, if you see what I mean.



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