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Re: Avoiding paying Windows license in the US

From: Félicien Pillot
Subject: Re: Avoiding paying Windows license in the US
Date: Sun, 30 May 2021 09:41:01 +0200

Le Sun, 30 May 2021 05:46:06 +0200,
Julian Daich <> a écrit :

> I got a new HP laptop and still did notl open it- Any idea how to
> avoid paying the Windows license before installing GNU/ Linux?

I don't know in the US, but in France I have had to choose carefully the
computer brand and reseller in order to successfully request a refund ; even
if it's illegal (but tolerated) to combine the purchase of software with the
hardware, very few constructors/resellers accept to take this step.

After choosing the computer with that criteria in mind, I contacted the
constructor (Acer) and asked them to refund the license. I had to send them
back the computer for them to format the hard drive, and after a few weeks I
got a clean computer (and my money) back !

It is a tough process but I wish you luck! ;)
Félicien Pillot
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