And now... after receiving a free copy (they were raffling it off, but apparently, I was a "good sport" about the insufficient amount of pizza and 30 min delay in getting the talk started, the person who organized the talk turned to me and asked me what I was there for - I said Office, and so he gave me the Vista-Office pack. Turns out the Office bit is a 60 day trial, which makes it mostly useless, since I can get Vista for free from UIUC anyhow....) of Windows Vista when they came to do a talk (that, quite frankly, sucked - It was aimed towards casual users and not the CS/ECE people who attended the talk, despite being announced over CS/ECE channels). So, out of curiosity and deep dislike for ECE440, I've decided to insert the CD/DVD to see what the installation looks like. Not actually installing, mind you - Don't have backups of the PC stuff right now and I don't want to have to reinstall apache and svn...
But to my main point: At the "enter product key" bit, it cheerfully states, "Although you are not required to enter your product key now to install, failure to enter it may result in the loss of data, information and programs. You may be required to purchase another edition of Windows Vista."
What The Hell, M$? WTH? Scare tactics are not appreciated. And attempts to cover your arse due to potential issues as a result of incorrect licenses are not appreciated either.
Also, the installation disc is way too shiny and gaudy. Kinda like a fake product that's been dressed up to look better than it actually it.
Oh wait, what am I saying? It's Windows. Windows Vista.