"Many others have fought this battle in the past, but my
education into the specifics of Microsoft's monopoly began a little
over a month ago when I became interested in a Toshiba Portege
2000. While customizing the laptop with a sales representative at
1-800-TOSHIBA, I inquired as to whether I could purchase the device
with no operating system installed. This question seemed to confuse
the salesperson, who needed to pass the question on to a
supervisor. Eventually, I was told that I could not purchase the
hardware without a copy of Microsoft's OS pre-installed and this
stipulation was not open to negotiation. At this point, I realized
that on some level my rights as a consumer were being violated. I
knew I needed to take a step back and educate myself before
continuing this conversation...
"After spending a few days researching other people's similar
situations when dealing with these OEMs, it became clear to me that
I was not going to be allowed to order a piece of hardware without
a bundled OS. I would have to exercise my rights as defined in the
EULA if I wanted justice..."
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