"I was on my way from New York to Germany. When I arrived in my room, Vista informed me my PC needed activation and would only work for the next day (can't remember the exact message). I don't know what triggered this message, as everything worked fine, and Windows was activated months before. Because I was on a business trip for the next 2 weeks, I could not get my laptop working until I arrived back home. Luckily we were able to transfer my importation documents that evening. What a mess!
"Because of this, I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER MS PRODUCT! "
My nephew had a similar experience with his friend's desktop. Although the laptop had Windows Genuine Advantage and was properly and legally activated, the system locked out the user. He called Microsoft only to get an automated messaging system. When he entered the activation code, he was told that the copy of Windows was not legitimate and the technical assistance recording hung up.
Sometimes, you need to be a wizard or magician in order to open Windows and get it to work!
If you want to avoid this kind of hassle, simply get Linux.
With Linux, you'll have a free, open source system that will never ask for an activation code or lock you out. You'll have a wonderful desktop environment with thousands of programs and a welcoming and friendly community of users who will help you get up and running.
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.