Windows Tax Refund » United Kingdom

  • 2006-11-07: Dave Mitchell (UK) gets refund from Dell UK

  • 2008-05-28: Educational IT agency: 'Microsoft tax' unacceptable

  • 2009-12-06: Evading the Microsoft Tax Refund by for an Asus eeePC 1008

  • 2009-10-19: Graeme Cobbett was paid $115 (£70.34) by Dell after he bought a Studio 1555 notebook with Windows Vista already loaded and complete with a free upgrade to Windows 7. Follow the steps in his blog post. News coverage about it: The Register: "Dell refunds PC user for rejecting Windows" His EULA contained:

    "By using the software, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the software. Instead, contact the manufacturer or installer to determine its return policy. You must comply with that policy, which might limit your rights or require you to return the entire system on which the software is installed."
  • 2011-10-01: Jonathan Grant tried to get ACER to refund the unused Windows 7 licence. They offered £11 but required him to send the laptop by courier at his expense to have it wiped by their engineer. This would have cost around £25 for the return trip. Meanwhile for the 1-2 week turnaround, he would have been without a laptop.