April 30, 2002
Preinstalled Windows: AARGH! I can't get it off!
"If a PC shipped with Windows preinstalled, can you remove the OS and install Linux instead? Well, no, according to Microsoft. A somewhat obscure Microsoft site aimed at helping schools deal with donated computers flatly states: 'It is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with a machine for the life of the machine." Read it and weep at The Register.