Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Apr 2008 15:54 UTC, submitted by CIozzio
Legal A Microsoft executive sent out a snotty email chastising anyone who has been encouraging people to purchase the Vista upgrade and install it without owning a valid Windows license. People discovered long ago that the Vista upgrade, which costs half of what full license costs, will install on new hardware without verification of a previous install. Microsoft's Eric Ligman points out, to those people who weren't aware, that this is just as much a violation of the license as "borrowing" an install disk from a friend.
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The Consumer is the Thief
by RGCook on Fri 18th Apr 2008 19:31 UTC
RGCook
Member since:
2005-07-12

Most EULA are written to absolve the licensor of any responsibility whatsoever due to defects, even if they cause the end-users machine to spontaneously combust upon installation or irreparably harm his/her product, company, etc. in any way.

In an odd twist of fate, a flaw in the Vista software enables a customer to improperly install it. And as a result, instead of taking ownership for the flaw, MS brands customers as theives. There's your "Genuine Advantage" folks. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

In an odd twist of fate, a flaw in the Vista software enables a customer to improperly install it. And as a result, instead of taking ownership for the flaw, MS brands customers as theives. There's your "Genuine Advantage" folks. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.


You poor deluded soul! You think this is a flaw? A mistake??

No, I'll tell you what's going to probably happen--in a few months from now when the last "legitimate" copy of Windows XP is sold and Microsoft no longer allows new keys to be made there will be an update to Vista requiring all those people who snuck in using this "flaw" to verify their license by submitting their original media, the media they were supposed to upgrade from...

Now that is your Genuine Advantage, and I hope everyone who falls for this scheme enjoys their non-functional OS while trying to explain to a CSR why you didn't "steal" your copy of Vista...

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: The Consumer is the Thief
by dagw on Sat 19th Apr 2008 11:34 in reply to "The Consumer is the Thief"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

In an odd twist of fate, a flaw in the Vista software enables a customer to improperly install it.


Except it's not a flaw. It's a feature to make life easier for their customers who are following the licensing agreement. It's just that some people are abusing this feature.

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