Windows license refund donated to Mint
Oct 17, 2009, 12:03 (5 Talkback[s])
"So here’s his article on the topic. Good reading
"Hello, my name is Graeme Cobbett. Today, I donated $112 to
Linux Mint. But I didn’t fund this myself: Microsoft gave me
the money. Here’s how I did it.
"This is the story of how I bought a new notebook PC, replaced
Windows with Linux and got a refund for the operating system I
didn’t want. Not many people do that last bit about getting a
refund, but perhaps you can too, if you have a calm attitude and
persevere then it can be straightforward.
"1. Choose your new computer.
"Take a look at the vast array of new PCs on the market. Does
the one you like come without Microsoft Windows? Unless it’s
a netbook, probably not. Even if you do strike lucky, chances are
it costs the same (or even more in some cases) than the equivalent
with Windows. So you are probably kinda fixed with buying a copy of
Windows you don’t want.
"2. Don’t switch on your new computer yet!
"You can only reject your software license if you do not use it.
You’ll need to use another computer to do step 2: