21 March 2007
All your installs are belong to us
Hey, Bill? Activate this:
According to the customer service rep and his supervisor (Bill Gates was unable to come to the phone), [Microsoft's] policy is not to activate preinstalled versions of Windows, regardless of the circumstances. I asked him what would happen if I had fried a motherboard (which requires activation), to which he replied that it would be a warranty issue with Gateway. I asked what if the warranty is expired, he told me that, in that scenario, the license dies with the computer.
[insert Macintosh-related comment here]Posted at 9:14 AM to PEBKAC