We wrote earlier about the shrinking share of PCs shipped with “7”. This could give a clue about what is happening:
“These systems are not recommended for the average PC user. Above average technical experience with PCs and software are typically required to install the software and drivers needed to make these systems fully functional.
These models should not be purchased if you plan to install any volume licensed version of a Microsoft Windows operating system. For information on Microsoft Windows volume licensing rights please contact Microsoft.
ThinkPad models without an operating system preload are not eligible for special promotions such as, but not limited to: ecoupons, limited time offers, component discounts, etc.”
see Lenovo – ThinkPad laptops with no operating system
Apparently there is a significant demand for PCs without M$’s “tax” and these machines are not intended for businesses who are big customers of M$. They are likely getting GNU/Linux installed.
One wonders what “volume licensing” with M$ is about if a PC without an OS does not work? Is M$ asking businesses to pay twice for a licence, once when purchasing the PC and again when making the “volume licensing” agreement? Here’s what M$ says about that:
- If you plan to buy five or more software licenses, Microsoft offers price advantages for volume purchasing.
- Desktop PC Operating Systems–Per-Copy, Per-Device License
You must acquire a license for each device on or from which you access or use the software (locally and remotely). You may install only one copy on the device. You may install that copy on the host operating system or in a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system. In Volume Licensing, the desktop PC operating system license is an upgrade license. You may only acquire upgrade licenses for devices for which you have already licensed a qualifying operating system. A list of qualifying operating systems that qualify for an upgrade license is contained in the Product List, which you can find at
If you acquire Software Assurance, you have the right to use Windows 7 Enterprise Edition on the device instead of Windows 7 Professional. This also permits you to run up to four additional copies or instances on the device.
None of that makes any sense to me. The trolls call GNU/Linux complicated. All the complexity of GNU/Linux pales in comparison to the choices M$ offers. Of course complexity kills. I don’t see anywhere in that document where M$ requires a customer to purchase software with a PC, yet Lenovo discourages that. The mystery continues. Where have all the PCs gone that ship without “7”?