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If you're buying from our competitors you're getting Vista.

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Why not Windows Vista?

Windows and Office work fine—Why worry about it?

Restrictions

Restrictions A legal copy of Windows is expensive, but what do you get? Windows and Office are licensed, not sold.

By using these products, we have to agree to a number of harsh restrictions. For most Windows licenses, you can't keep the software when you change the hardware. You sometimes can't even give your software away. Who can run the software? On which computer? What can you do with it? The list of restrictions is long and some items are outrageous.

read our full article: Restrictions

What about choice?

What about choice? Software should come without locks in it.

Why are Office documents difficult to export? Why are the formats continually changing? Why can you not even uninstall some programs? It might be that if you look for choice, Microsoft products aren't for you.

read our full article: What About Choice?

What about source code?

No source code The source codes of Windows and Office are hidden, so, no one is allowed to understand how these programs work.

If you can't get a right to inspect source code (the human-readable inner workings of a program), you can't have someone correct flaws or evaluate how your privacy is protected for you.

And guess what? On software that comes with source code, viruses and spyware aren't effective, and security isn't bought on extra. The antivirus software industry, in which Microsoft is now a significant player, prefers you to use Windows.

read our full article: What About Source Code?

Stand for a free society

A free society A free society requires free software. Think of "free" as in freedom, not price: the freedoms to inspect, learn from, modify the software you use.

Computers are used to share ideas, culture and information. Without these freedoms over software, we risk losing control over what we share.

This is happening today. From plain annoying technologies such as Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to downright frightening ones like Trusted Computing, everyone's ability to participate in culture is threatened.

If you have to give up your freedoms to use software, maybe you should not be happy with it.

read our full article: Stand for a Free Society

Many people find that Windows, an otherwise decent piece of software, withdraws so many rights from them, that it is not worth them using it. Mac OS is not much better, either.

If you find free software attractive, you might want to give Linux a try.


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Can we afford not to give our kids Linux?

By Stan Beer   
Saturday, 10 November 2007
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For any parent, myself included, setting your kids loose on the net is a daunting prospect. We have to do it because the net is a fact of life - it's in our schools, the workplace, public libraries and in many if not most homes of the developed world. Therefore, do we really have any option but to give them Linux?
When I first conceived this article I considered giving it the title "can we afford to let our kids use Windows online". However, I felt that taking a positive tack would be more constructive. The fact is that these days security is paramount with kids surfing the net, exchanging emails and chatting online while still in primary school.

Having recently migrated to Ubuntu from Windows, I fully appreciate the risks that our kids are exposed to everytime they venture online with Windows. Basically, kids online are an accident waiting to happen, regardless of what anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware they happen to be running.

Every other day, some anti-malware vendor issues a media release about a zero day attack of a new worm or Trojan horse that has slipped under the guard of known anti-malware signatures. At least once a month - and quite often more frequently - we hear of critical vulnerabilities in Windows whatever the version that require software patching. Microsoft freely admits that exploits for these vulnerabilities could hand control of a computer to a remote attacker. Sometimes exploits are already in the market before patches arrive.

In addition, the anti-malware penicillin that Windows computers are required to run these days just to keep the online experience moderately safe are so resource hungry that computers thousands of times as powerful as the primitive number crunchers that put men on the moon nearly 40 years ago are as slow as a wet week. My highly configured dual core processor computer with 4GB of RAM and a powerful dedicated graphics processor running Windows Home Server 2003 ran slower than a much weaker computer I had in the pre-Internet late 1980s running DOS.

Most average computer users, myself included, would not have a clue which is the best security package to run on our Windows computers. We tend to go with the names we know Symantec/Norton, McAfee, CA, Kaspersky, Microsoft, but we don't really know what will happen if we open an attachment in a dodgy email or click on a link that leads to a malicious web page. Maybe our security package will capture and quarantine the deception or maybe not. It's the one time in a hundred that slips under the guard of these security packages that can do all the damage and with our kids that's not good enough.

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Windows Is The Wrong System For the Security-Unconscious

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It's one thing to make a computer easy to use, but if you're going to do so, you must also make it secure. If you're not going to develop a secure OS, then at least give more thought to your emphasis on "Ease of Use".

A dear old Aunt recently sent one of those stupid chain e-mails - you know the ones, "forward to as many people as possible" - simply because she agreed with the sentiments it expressed. What she obviously never gave thought to was that she just might be passing along a trojan horse to the rest of the family. When I responded that she might be jeopardizing other people's computers, she got upset, responding that she only sent the e-mail because she agreed with it.

She uses Windows. Worse, she uses AOL. A virus on top of a virus. Great. Then she sends out an e-mail, probably with some thought, but not enough to avoid one of my sermons on the evils of spam. I'm convinced that forwarding spam is a violation of the 2nd Great Commandment. Faith aside, the issue made me realize that she does not really grasp the harm of forwarding spam. And she does not grasp that danger because she has not learned - at least not well enough - about computer security.

When I first ventured out on the Internet from CompuServe in 1996, I was required to view some information about netiquette, how to browse the web, etc. before I could begin to use the built-in browser to get beyond CompuServe's virtual fence. The truth is, anyone that wants to can still learn a little something from sites like this one. The problem is that, Microsoft, the dominant player in the business and consumer desktop markets, has been intent on making computers easier to use. I agree computers should be easy to use. But Microsoft's approach, at least until recently, has sacrificed security for comfort. At what cost?

Instead of informing technical novices that, yes, they really must take a little time to learn about netiquette, security, and maybe even how to organize files on a computer, Microsoft has given novice users an operating system that requires the utmost knowledge and care, with respect to security, without regard for the impact such conduct might have on the world. It's a lot like the time my parents left the keys in the car with my 3-year-old brother in the front seat. He took our Grandmother for a ride I haven't forgotten yet. At least the car bounced up on the curb before it went into the busy major street at the foot of the hill.

Microsoft has given technical 3-year-olds the keys to the car (a Yugo, at that), released the parking brake, and - with little, if any information on how to operate the car - told them to drive. The result is that many novices have no clue about looking both ways before crossing the street. They know nothing about needing to change the oil every so often, or to rotate the tires. That is, these people know precious little about maintenance and safety, both of which are crucial in a connected world.

The ramifications go beyond potential harm to the novice user in question. The real danger is that, without any real grasp of how to stay safe on the Internet, these people endanger everyone they come into contact with, regardless of whether they happen to be on the virtual highway at the same time. On top of that, consider the relational damage when family members and friends attempt to navigate the muddy waters of netiquette and/or lost data because one person thoughtlessly passed along some spam with a payload.

While Microsoft alone cannot be responsible for ensuring people understand computers and the Internet, Apple and the various GNU/Linux distributions take radically different approaches to the problem. Apple's Mac computers are easy to use, and are yet less vulnerable, not to attacks, but to successful attacks and viruses. The GNU/Linux community generally makes no bones about the fact that users need to know something about security. One of the most common admonitions from experienced GNU/Linux users to newbies is "never run as root unless you need to perform an administrative task".

Indeed, I assume OpenSUSE and other distributions that enable the root user continue to use a special wallpaper for the root desktop so users will be aware that they have administrative privileges. With Ubuntu and its derivatives, the root user is essentially ommitted in favor of using sudo. Thus the user only has administrative privileges long enough to perform a specific task. While the approach may involve a learning curve, it goes much further to prevent users from hurting themselves and/or others in the process.

Ultimately, each user has a responsibility to learn something about the computer they use, especially when it involves connecting with others via e-mail or through other means. Still, the company that asks, "where do you want to go today", has failed to keep us mindful of the others around us. That's why we have people who pass along spam because they agree with its sentiments (which is exactly why the spammer sends to begin with), instead of considering whether they might be sending a virtual diseased blanket.

Just because the current user does not appear to be infected, that does not mean they are not, or that they do not have a dormant trojan horse in their system. Nor is the current selection of anti-virus software for Windows capable of detecting all possible exploits. Is there any anti-virus software for any system that does? So, not thinking about these things, the people who think they are going where they want to go, driving eratically on the digital highway with no brakes, never thinking for a minute that they might be about to hurt themselves or someone else.

Free Software almost requires (demands?) community involvement, which, in turn, requires a community mindset - not a "me, myself and I" concept. People are more apt to either think of others up front, or quickly learn that not doing so can result in strained relationships with the very people whose help they may need. In fact, most other Free Software users I communicate with take steps to ensure the people they help learn to take security seriously.

Maybe I'm just feeling a little frustrated by the fact that someone I care about feels her sentiments should have priority over everyone else's security. But honestly, I almost never get spam from Free Software users, nor - as far as I know - any Apple users. It's the Windows users. And the worst part of it is that they are the least protected. I would even go so far as to suggest that, if you know someone who uses Windows, perhaps you should switch to GNU/Linux (or at least a Mac) just to reduce the risk of being infected by someone else's ignorance and/or thoughtlessness.

Please, do share your thoughts.

Clarification: I only recommend Mac to those that are simply unwilling to switch to GNU/Linux, and only because at least they'll be a little more secure. Mac has problems of its own, such as DRM, which make it a much less compelling option than GNU/Linux.

Update: My Father shared with me yesterday evening how a friend of his recently shucked out over $300 to repair his computer after finding a demonic picture and all of his applications opened up. The likely source? Who knows? But more than likely, it came from a chain e-mail, possibly even sent months ago. In light of that, and the recent e-mail discussions among our family, he will no longer open such e-mails. Now, if I can just convince him to ditch the very system that enables such dangers...


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So is it a good idea to upgrade from XP to Vista? You decide after watching this guy who installed it himself at home.


Why can't we sell Windows Vista? Here is one of the many reasons. Your Frustration. Microsoft makes OEM's give away any right that the consumer has to free Microsoft Support and instead makes the company that built the Computer responsible for Microsoft Windows Vista Bugs.

Do Your Customers Hate Vista? Rip and Replace with a Twist

Give Vista the heave-ho and turn your customers on to alternatives.

So, you just delivered that new PC to your customer and gave them a quick tour of what's new and then watched their eyes glaze over with confusion.

After a few seconds, the questions start. Questions that should be easy to answer, but turn out not to be! Where is my start button? Where are my programs? What happened to the Menu in Internet Explorer? Why is the system constantly asking for my permission to do simple things? Why does my system take so long to boot? Now your eyes glaze over, not with confusion, but with frustration and you have to ask yourself: What did I do to deserve this?

It's simple; you sold your customer a computer with Windows Vista installed, when that customer was somewhat satisfied with Windows XP. The simple solution here would be to just sell XP with all of your systems, but let's be realistic, that is not something Microsoft (and most of the large PC vendors) want to happen. Microsoft and many of the PC manufactures have taken the stance of 1930's mother with a spoonful of cod liver oil, "you'll take Vista and you'll like it—or else"! view slide show: Booting Vista Out and Linux Up

Sure, you could go out and buy a copy of Windows XP and install that, but will your customer be willing to pay for two operating systems? Especially when one version is something they don't want! What's more, odds are that you cannot use an older version of XP from a retired PC because of licensing issues. Adding to that issue is the fact that there may not be XP compatible drivers available for the new hardware. This leaves just two choices: force your customers to learn and use Vista or offer something else, which doesn't add any costs.

The answer lies with the open-source community and more specifically, Linux. Sure everybody has heard about Linux (haven't they?) and many have also heard about (and believe) the short comings of Linux. But the key here is to separate the fact from the fiction and determine if Linux (and open source) offers a true alternative to the latest bundling of PCs and Windows Vista.

First, let's tackle some of the myths that fuel the Windows versus Linux battle.
  • Linux is difficult to use: To the contrary, the latest GUIs (or shells) that run on top of Linux are proving to be easier and easier to use. What's more, Linux can be made to behave more like Windows XP than Windows Vista can
  • You can't network with Linux: Another falsehood, Linux by design is all about networking and all of the major distributions offer connectivity to all of the major NOS's (Network Operating Systems), including Microsoft's various flavors of NOS's on the market.
  • Linux lacks tech support: For free support, you can't beat the open-source community; someone somewhere will always have an answer to a problem. Beyond the free support, most of the major distributors offer paid (or bundled) tech support, which rivals the support offerings from most any other company.
  • Linux lack applications: Thanks to the open-source community and software developers promoting alternatives, there is a massive amount of software applications available for Linux, ranging from accounting to CAD to Office Suites to development tools.
  • Linux lacks features: For most any feature found in Microsoft Windows XP or Vista, there is a Linux equivalent. The advantage is that you can pick and choose what features you want and discard the unwanted ones to customize the PC to your needs.
  • It's difficult to make a profit with Linux: While most VARs won't see any margins for "selling" a Linux distribution, the simple fact is that every dollar saved on purchasing software is now available for support and services, which are much better revenue generators than simply moving boxes.
  • Linux is not secure: Several security technologies exist that marry well with Linux. High-end encryption, hardened user accounts and many other security features (not found in Windows) can be added to make Linux more secure than most any other operating system.

  • Linux can't run Windows applications: There is some truth to this statement, but emulators (like crossover-office and WINE) exist that allow many Windows applications to run under Linux. Users can also turn to virtual PC technology to run virtual Window XP sessions under Linux and have access to those few applications they just can't live without.

  • Linux has limited hardware support: Linux distributions have come a long way since the early days; the major players have made sure that drivers are available for the majority of hardware elements on the market. Hardware vendors are now also realizing that the popularity of Linux is growing and are making efforts to build driver software for their products to run under Linux.

    Arguably, the most complex thing about Linux today is picking a distribution to run. Solution providers need only consider a few simple elements when choosing what distributions to standardize on. First off, is commercial support needed? Secondly, what applications are bundled? Thirdly, is the distribution part of a networking solution (Think Red Hat/Novell)? And finally, does the distributor offer anything in the way of a channel program?

    Wading through the mass of distributions can prove to be a chore and in many cases, it can come down to taste when picking a Linux distribution. There are literally hundreds of distributions of Linux, so choose carefully. With that in mind, it may take a little poking around on the Web to see how the Linux distributions measure up. A quick visit to distrowatch.com shows the most activity around Ubuntu, a freely available Linux distribution with both community and professional support.

    Ubuntu is definitely worth a look, with the latest distribution, version 7.10, released on Oct. 10, 2007. For those system builders looking for a commercial release of Linux, Linspire 6.0, which was also released on Oct. 10, 2007, may fit the bill. Linspire 6.0 is based upon Ubuntu, but includes some commercial applications and bundles in some technical support.

    Channel Labs' engineers took a look at both Ubuntu and Linspire to evaluate how well those distributions can be used instead of Windows XP to replace Windows Vista. But first, lets take a look at what is involved with getting Linux and Windows Vista running happily together on the same system.

    There are two paths to follow when it comes to running Linux on a system that came with Windows Vista pre-installed. The first path involves using Virtual Machine technology, which involves configuring Windows Vista and then installing virtualization software. That software could be VMware, Parallels, or even Microsoft's own Virtual PC product. While virtualization proves to be an excellent way to take a peek at what Linux has to offer, it proves to be a poor solution if you are looking to truly experience Linux.

    The problem is that the Virtualization software runs on top of Windows Vista, so you will run into the situation where Vista is still using significant resources on the PC and is acting as a "go-between" for Linux and the native hardware. That situation impedes any performance enhancements that Linux could offer and can potentially increase costs, more memory and additional software may be required to make a Virtual Machine work for running Linux under Vista.

    The smarter way to expose your customers to Linux is to go with a dual- (or multi-)boot arrangement. This style of installation allows a user to choose which operating system to boot up with, which will maximize the system's performance, while eliminating the need for additional hardware. That said, there are still some pre-requisites though to make dual boot work.

    First off, you will need ample disk space to make sure that you can install an additional OS, also you will need to make sure the distribution of Linux that you chose has multi-boot capabilities (both Ubuntu and Linspire do). You can download an ISO image file of either version of Linux from the companies' web sites. For Linspire, you will have to pay for the download (retail is $49), while Ubuntu is a free download. The 600 + MB ISO image files can then be burnt onto a CD.

    For a step-by-step guide on booting Windows out and Linux up, click here.

    Basically, that is all there is to making Linux a viable choice for those looking to flee Windows Vista anarchy.


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    What's wrong with Microsoft Windows Vista?

    by John Sullivan last modified 2007-04-16 18:53

    Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system is a giant step backward for your freedoms.

    Usually, new software enables you to do more with your computer. Vista, though, is designed to restrict what you can do.

    Vista enforces new forms of “Digital Rights Management (DRM)”. DRM is more accurately called Digital Restrictions Management, because it is a technology that Big Media and computer companies try to impose on us all, in order to have control over how our computers are used.

    Technology security expert Bruce Schneier explains it most concisely:

    Windows Vista includes an array of “features” that you don't want. These features will make your computer less reliable and less secure. They'll make your computer less stable and run slower. They will cause technical support problems. They may even require you to upgrade some of your peripheral hardware and existing software. And these features won't do anything useful. In fact, they're working against you. They're digital rights management (DRM) features built into Vista at the behest of the entertainment industry—And you don't get to refuse them.

    DRM gives power to Microsoft and Big Media.

    • They decide which programs you can and can't use on your computer
    • They decide which features of your computer or software you can use at any given moment
    • They force you to install new programs even when you don't want to (and, of course, pay for the privilege)
    • They restrict your access to certain programs and even to your own data files

    DRM is enforced by technological barriers. You try to do something, and your computer tells you that you can't. To make this effective, your computer has to be constantly monitoring what you are doing. This constant monitoring uses computing power and memory, and is a large part of the reason why Microsoft is telling you that you have to buy new and more powerful hardware in order to run Vista. They want you to buy new hardware not because you need it, but because your computer needs it in order to be more effective at restricting what you do.

    Microsoft and other computer companies sometimes refer to these restrictions as “Trusted Computing.” Given that they are designed to make it so that your computer stops trusting you and starts trusting Microsoft, these restrictions are more appropriately called “Treacherous Computing”.

    Trusted Computing Video Click To Play

    Even when you legally buy Vista, you don't own it.

    Windows Vista, like previous versions of Windows, is proprietary software: leased to you under a license that severely restricts how you can use it, and without source code, so nobody but Microsoft can change it or even verify what it really does.

    Microsoft says it best:

    The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that only allow you to use it in certain ways.

    To make it even more confusing, different versions of Vista have different licensing restrictions. You can read all of the licenses at http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/default.aspx.

    It's painful to read the licenses, and this is often why people don't object to them. But if we don't start objecting, we will lose valuable freedoms. Here are some of the ridiculous restrictions you will find in your reading:

    • If your copy of Vista came with the purchase of a new computer, that copy of Vista may only be legally used on that machine, forever.
    • If you bought Vista in a retail store and installed it on a machine you already owned, you have to completely delete it on that machine before you can install it on another machine.
    • You give Microsoft the right, through programs like Windows Defender, to delete programs from your system that it decides are spyware.
    • You consent to being spied upon by Microsoft, through the “Windows Genuine Advantage” system. This system tries to identify instances of copying that Microsoft thinks are illegitimate. Unfortunately, a recent study indicated that this system has already screwed up in over 500,000 cases.

    Free software like GNU/Linux does not require you to consent to these absurd licensing terms. It is called free software because you are free to make as many copies as you want, and to share it with as many friends as you want. Nobody will be monitoring your actions or falsely calling you a thief.

    What you can do to help protect your freedom

    There is a battle underway between those who value freedom, and corporations such as Microsoft who wish to profit by taking that freedom away. DRM and absurd licenses are at the heart of that battle. Please join us on the side of freedom by saying NO not just to Windows Vista and other DRM-enabled products, but to proprietary software in general. Instead, use non-DRM, “free” software such as the GNU/Linux operating system. You can get your work done while ensuring that your rights and freedoms will not be restricted now and into the future.

    As more and more of our lives become digital, it is vital that we protect our digital freedoms just like we have always worked to protect our freedom of expression in print and speech.


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    If you think I'm lieing then first read the information below and then check it with the full Vista licence on Microsoft's web site, o
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    If your still here and want to go over my summary of the Windows Vista Licence Agreement go to the bottom of this page and read it. After you read it pass this along to your friends. Thanks.

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    As described below, using the software also operates as your consent to the transmission of certain computer information during activation, validation and for Internet-based services.” “the software will send information about the software and the device to Microsoft.” “Any potentially unwanted software rated “high” or “severe,” will automatically be removed after scanning unless you change the default setting… By using this software, it is possible that you will also remove or disable software that is not potentially unwanted software.” (Your programs that Microsoft does not like will be removed!) “Microsoft provides Internet-based services with the software. It may change or cancel them at any time.” (change them? It has changed them so that it updates your PC without your permission) “The software features described below and in the Windows Vista Privacy Statement connect to Microsoft or service provider computer systems over the Internet. In some cases, you will not receive a separate notice when they connect… By using these features, you consent to the transmission of this information.” “The following features use Internet protocols, which send to the appropriate systems computer information, such as your Internet protocol address, the type of operating system, browser and name and version of the software you are using, and the language code of the device where you installed the software. Microsoft uses this information to make the Internet-based services available to you.” (if I wanted Microsoft to make their MSN service provider available to me I would have asked for it) “Content owners use Windows Media digital rights management (Digital Restrictions Management) technology (WMDRM) to protect their intellectual property, including copyrights. This software and third party software use WMDRM to play and copy WMDRM-protected content. If the software fails to protect the content, content owners may ask Microsoft to revoke the software’s ability to use WMDRM to play or copy protected content. Revocation does not affect other content. When you download licenses for protected content, you agree that Microsoft may include a revocation list with the licenses.” (this is where Microsoft collects a list of every file on your system to make sure it’s legal according to them) “Microsoft may use the computer information, error reports, and Malware reports to improve our software and services. We may also share it with others, such as hardware and software vendors. They may use the information to improve how their products run with Microsoft software.” (it’s bad enough the banks are sharing our info with all the companies Microsoft does too?) “The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights.” (Oh I get it now when I go to the store and buy software I don’t actually own it) “you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that only allow you to use it in certain ways.” “You may not work around any technical limitations in the software; reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software, except and only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this limitation; use components of the software to run applications not running on the software; make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement or allowed by applicable law, despite this limitation; publish the software for others to copy; rent, lease or lend the software; or use the software for commercial software hosting services.” (you can’t fix it, understand how it works, or share it) “Any person that has valid access to your computer or internal network may copy and use the documentation for your internal, reference purposes.”(AH! ANYONE MAY COPY MY DOCUMENTATION ON MY PC?) “After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.” (Wait a minute here you can still boot XP after you upgrade to Vista so your just not suppose to because thats illegal?) “If you acquired the software on a disc or other media, a genuine Microsoft proof of license label with a genuine copy of the software identifies licensed software. To be valid, this label must appear on Microsoft packaging. If you receive the label separately, it is invalid. You should keep the packaging that has the label on it to prove that you are licensed to use the software.” (Uh oh Microsoft has broken this agreement. You have a Vista any time upgrade disk and they send you a separate license key code um isn’t that what they say you can’t do here?) “USE OF THIS PRODUCT IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-4 VISUAL STANDARD IS PROHIBITED, EXCEPT FOR USE DIRECTLY RELATED TO (A) DATA OR INFORMATION (i) GENERATED BY AND OBTAINED WITHOUT CHARGE FROM A CONSUMER NOT THEREBY ENGAGED IN A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, AND (ii) FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY; AND (B) OTHER USES SPECIFICALLY AND SEPARATELY LICENSED BY MPEG LA, L.L.C.” (Uh oh we can’t use VLC, Quick time, or any player that plays MP4 or MPEG videos because thats illegal we will need a Mac or a Linux pc for that) “You can recover from Microsoft and its suppliers only direct damages up to the amount you paid for the software. You cannot recover any other damages, including consequential, lost profits, special, indirect or incidental damages.” (Translation Microsoft is not responsible for any problems with the software that may cause you loss of money or property unless that value is less than the cost of the software) “It also applies even if repair, replacement or a refund for the software does not fully compensate you for any losses; or Microsoft knew or should have known about the possibility of the damages.”

    At this point if you still want to use Vista I'm sorry and I will keep you in my prayers, otherwise Click here for the alternative. Linux