[Gllug] Getting Microsoft off a Dell purchase - anyone done this?

Christopher Hunter chrisehunter at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Jul 6 18:20:58 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 05 Jul 2006 21:07, Richard Turner wrote:

> I'm pretty certain that Dell can't do this - they have an OEM deal with
> Microsoft so they can't sell PCs without Windows pre-installed: it'd
> breach their contract with MS.

Their sales drones insist that it's impossible, but if you escalate your 
enquiry up to someone with a little knowledge, you can persuade them to ship 
a box without the Microsoft "Operating System" pre-loaded.  It takes time and 
a lot of patience!

> Isn't this how Microsoft came into its supremacy in the first place?

Partly.  They also pay off the "right" politicians and judges, which helps a 


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