It had proprietary accounting software installed and the original install media and product keys were lost. Only some install floppies from an earlier version, with codes and numbers scribbled on them, were available. No one knew if it was a clean install, or an upgrade from the earlier version.
That company should be ashamed of itself. Every company should store it's software and keys at a central place. Computers break down, either hardware or software will inevitably fail. Everybody who works with computers should know this, and keep this in mind when working. If you make money using proprietary software, you should take very good care of that softwares install media, and anything that comes with it.
I connect the original hard drive and go to copy files over to the new one. It triggers WGA. The machine grinds to a halt and won't boot up again. I am unable to rescue the installation. Oh, the frustration!
yeah, windows genuine advantage... question is: "who gets the advantage?" . I'm pretty sure it isn't the user.
If the software on this machine had been all FLOSS, I could have just downloaded what I needed, installed it and imported the data into the new setup.
I very much doubt it. I don't see how you can make software out of floss
to start with
How many of us have lost track of original install media and/or installation codes?
Not me, I keep them neatly organized in one of them cd / dvd folders. I can recommend them. They cost hardly anything ($ 10 or something), and some store over 400 cd's.
It has been my experience that computers are not 100% reliable and often need repair or replacement. It is important that your working setup is quickly and easily re-created.
Agreed. This is one of the parts where linux excels IMO. All you need to do is get the packages and reinstall them. Except of course when people mess up the repo...
This is not easily done when programs assume that you are a pirate and need complex procedures to prove your innocence. Restricting your install/restore/repair options does not help either. Furthermore, when a program continuously spy on you and disable your computer if it suspects you did something not permitted in the EULA, you end up with even more expense, lost time and frustration.
But then again, most of these things where probably in the EULA, and then agreed to by the customer. The programs manufacturer may be satan himself, but in the end there's a person that puts the software on the computer.