PC user refunded for not using pre-installed Windows OS
Want your computer without the operating system bundled in with it? Easy - don't use the OS and demand the manufacturer refund the cost of it. Well, it's not that easy, but it's a cracking precedent that's been set.
The Register tells the story of Graeme Cobbett who was paid £70 by Dell, after he bought a Studio 1555 notebook and installed Ubuntu-based Linux Mint - instead of using the pre-loaded Windows Vista complete with a free upgrade to Windows 7.
"By using the software, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the software. Instead, return it to the retailer for a refund or credit. If you cannot obtain a refund there, contact Microsoft or the Microsoft affiliate serving your country for information about Microsoft's refund policies."
Cobbett got around the problem by booting up the notebook from the new operating system on CD. Because he didn't open up Windows, he didn't accept the terms. It only took two months and 14 email exchanges with Dell but eventually he was paid his refund for rejecting Windows.
[The Register] thanks to Bitterwallet reader Mark Pearson