> OK, that shows that you are not a professional. This is bullshit, plain
> and simple: For private and SOHO users, WGA may trigger reactivation, but
> no reinstall. (Enterprise-class users use deployment tools anyhow and do
> not come in such a situation.)
Thank you for the correction. I do not use Windows at work. It's not even installed on my work machine. So I'm not familiar with enterprise deployment tools for Windows. I wasn't trying to spread FUD-- just genuinely did not know there was a way around WGA in this case.
However, the point I was trying to make is that most home users expect that new computer == new OS install. Some people in this thread have been claiming that Linux distributions need to support moving a hard disk between 32 and 64 bit machines in order to be a serious contender for desktop operation system. (And they're unhappy with the obvious solution of using 32-bit everywhere.)
I do not think that most home users, especially nontechnical ones, are aware that this is even possible with Windows. I certainly don't think they would view it as a reason not to switch.