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Windows Tax: save £25 per PC

As Linux makes greater headway on the desktop, a growing number of manufacturers like Maxdata have opted not to sell computers loaded with the Windows XP operating system.

Two years ago, a Belgian, Christophe Vandeplas, actually managed to convince Acer to remove Windows XP from his laptop AND give him some money back.

Christophe put all the details (opens in new tab) on his website with a few links here and there. The bottom line is that you can get a refund from the manufacturers. Whether it is worth the fuss is something else.

In Christophe’s case, he managed to get 30 Euros, which is around £22, which is less than half the price that you would pay to buy a retail version of Windows XP Home at Ebuyer for example.

There’s also precedence from Steve Oualline of Linux Journal (opens in new tab) who managed to get the full USD 199 refund for his unused copy of Microsoft Windows XP.

The routes that he went through and the tactics that he used are well documented on Linuxjournal’s webpage. The readers’ comments are also well worth reading.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.