Windows has aan annoying system tray pop-up that reminds you to install "Windows Genuine advantage" or, WGA for short. If you don't authenticate your copy of windows, WGA will lock you out and you won't be able to use your computer until you register Windows.
However, when you activate WGA, your problems may just be starting.
When you get Linux, you own Linux. Linux is yours. When you get Windows, well, it's belongs to Microsoft, not you. They "allow" you to use it. With WGA, they can lock you out at any time if they think your copy of Windows isn't legit. Problem is, folks with legitimate copies of Windows have been locked out.
Get rid of Windows and get rid of Big Brother Microsoft.
Get Linux. No one will be looking over your shoulder or locking you out of the operating system. Your Linux system will be immune to Windows viruses, spyware, and malware. You'll have a stable, secure operating system without ever having to punch in a code or product key to get it to work.
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.