[Nottingham] Reclaimng MS Tax on a new computer

Simon Osborne flibble at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 12:20:29 UTC 2009

2009/1/27 Jim Moore <jmthelostpacket at googlemail.com>

> This gets sticky. What Asus will tell you is that the OEM version of
> Windows XP Home is worth about £6 to them; this is how much you can
> expect back off them should they choose not to instead insist that you
> return the unit to the retailer for an exchange for a Linux box or a
> refund (they are under no obligation to accept the COA in lieu of
> credit). If you instead go Microsoft, what they'll tell you is that to
> qualify for a refund (of the same amount if not less) you have to send
> them not only the COA, also the original purchase receipt for the unit.
> This has the unfortunate side effect of leaving you for up to nine weeks
> with NO comeback should you need to return the unit for warranty repair
> (as most places require the receipt before they'll honour a warranty).

To be honest, you would be better selling the unused copy of XP and the COA
on ebay or the uk.adverts.computers newsgroup.

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