Firms with valid Microsoft site licences cannot legally install Windows on PCs bought without the operating system, Microsoft has warned. Many companies with volume licences routinely apply a disk image over pre-installed software to achieve a standard configuration. But firms that try to cut costs by purchasing “naked” PCs, sold without an operating system, cannot legally install a Windows image because site licences only permit upgrading from a pre-installed version of Windows. […] Rob Enderle of analyst firm Giga Information Group warned companies not to ignore the small print. “By contract, [PC makers] have to report any customer that requests naked PCs and it often triggers a software audit by Microsoft. We’ve seen seven-figure bills go to those that were caught.” Read the story at VNUnet.