Samizdata - 11:56 am on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
I can't see how Comet have broken any laws
If they had then the police would have been called in.
Presumably Microsoft feel they have broken a contractual or licencing arrangement.
Regardless of the outcome of the case, supplying computers without an OS disk (and expecting customers to make their own recovery media before doing anything else) is the very opposite of consumer-friendly.
The average punter doesn't know they are supposed to do it, and often wouldn't know how. If the recovery partition or hard drive fails they are left with a piece of junk.
A computer without a physical OS installation disk is worthless.