A relative bought a new computer last week and I went around to set it up. It was my first experience of Vista (in theory I have a copy of Vista on my home machine, but I haven’t (re)connected the hard drive since I had to remove it to install my Linux set up). I spent most of my time setting up the hardware, rather than looking at Vista, but it seems nice enough. I can understand why the user access controls are annoying people. I was only on the machine for 5 minutes and was already getting annoyed at it.
Interesting from my point of view was that the machine booted straight into the desktop – no EULA was presented. I also noticed that the 7 day anti-virus trial only had 2 days left to run. Presumably the store had set up the machine? The machine is a name brand (Medion, produced by Aldi). It has an authorisation sticker on the side. The machine comes with minimal documentation and no printed EULA.
The $64 question is – is my relative licensed to use the software? If so, what are the licence terms?