Sources: Microsoft, Comet, Guardian [sale of Comet], DailyMail [sexual harassment lawsuit]
quote: You can get recovery discs from the PC makers. They are the ones you bought the computer from if you are in a "need a recovery disc" situation. You are not a customer of MS, you are a customer of the OEM who happens to use an operating system by MS to power what they are selling you. MS does not supply recovery media to OEM users because they have no reason to. Blame the PC makers, not Microsoft. They license Windows, modify it to their OEM needs, and distribute it under an OEM license to the end user. They are the ones who should supply recovery means. They certainly can, they just don't to save money. The fact that comet was getting 100% profit from selling pirated discs, keys or no keys, means they are in the wrong.
quote: HP charges $40 for a recovery kit for any of their PC's.It's cheaper to make the discs yourself, but more expensive to opt to buy a whole new license from Microsoft.
quote: You can get recovery discs from the PC makers. They are the ones you bought the computer from if you are in a "need a recovery disc" situation.
quote: They know that most people will never bother making restore discs, and by the time they realize they need them, it may be too late.
quote: You are missing the point.
quote: If you do not create the recovery disks
quote: I don't have to reinstall every couple of months like I used to have to with MS's wares so it's all rosy over here.
quote: Oh I get it now. You're a computer illiterate asshole who ruins a machine then blames the OS for it. Claims of "registries" corrupting a modern Windows OS are something that hasn't been factual or even possible since XP. There is NOTHING in the Vista or 7 registry that can do that. You're patently lying, again. YOU fucked your machine up, not the registry, so take responsibility.
quote: "The mom and pop PC shop i work for has been informed by microsoft that we are not allowed to sell any USED pc that does not have a recovery partition or original printed recovery CD or i had to put a new full price key/disc with it. They went so far as to send us a cease and desist letter to make their point.