you're obviously not an IT person, or you'd recognize the huge issues that this type of stance creates.
It creates a huge headache for people that have to change hardware, redo machines that users on a network mess up...or IT people that test new software, you load it, find out it totally sucks, and it destroys things...now what..."hey boss, I need another 150+ bucks again" ....that would go over like a fart in a divers helmet...:)
what about joe the computer repair guy, the customer comes in drops off the computer, the system is so infected with spyware, malware, crapware that the only real resolution is to whack it and install a fresh copy of the OS....they get it home and their "oh so bright" kid(s) go right back to the porn site(s) that possibly created the problem(s) in the first place...now what? they have to shell out huge money to replace the OS?
(after they beat the kid(s) that is...)
I think there just might be a quite a few people that would be looking for an alternative solution...
This also opens the door to some type of program that would would circumvent MS's new approach, in order to allow the user to install it a few more times...
(Hmmmm...pay $20.00 for the program, or pay $150+ for a new OS....) I can guess the outcome of that senario..
Thanks for the rant!