Just a couple of days ago I wrote about my decision of taking Ubuntu as my primary operating system for all my computing needs. However, Windows isn’t something that I can throw off. Especially as long as I’ve got jobs to do. For one example, I work as a technical support assistant at a company and they need me to respond to customer supports as well as write documentations, tutorials and research-specific tasks. One might think that all these can be easily done on a Linux machine. True, but my employer needs me to use a specific application for taking screenshots which isn’t available for Linux. He pays me; so I gotta listen to what he says, right?

So, I decided to buy Windows 8 while this deal is on. I’m running a pirated copy of Windows 7 and a Google search revealed that pirated copy users can actually upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 promotional price and make their operating system legit. As I saw proof of this on several forums, I went ahead and downloaded the Upgrade assistant for Windows 8 Pro. It’s a pity that they don’t have a standalone Windows 8 software for digital download, though.

But now, while I’m trying to upgrade and be a legit user of Windows 8, this is what Microsoft greeted me with.

windows 8 update warning

Seriously, Microsoft? Just because I’m from a third-world country, you don’t even count me as a customer and let me enjoy the benefit of the ongoing promotions?

The hype of Windows 8 is unavoidable. The reviews coming in from different directions are mixed. But the $39.99 upgrade deal sounds tasty and unavoidable at the same time. As a Linux enthusiast or a volunteer at FOSS (Foundation for Open Source Solutions) Bangladesh, this may sound a little awkward that I’m trying to buy Windows 8. But I don’t hate Windows, or Microsoft for that matter. Microsoft Office suite is the best at what it does on earth. Google Docs is a good alternative, but it doesn’t quite get where Microsoft Office is.

I am involved in promoting open source alternatives because I simply don’t like the idea of using pirated content. My country, Bangladesh, is already well-known for its high level of software piracy and I want to have some contributions in removing that. That’s why I promoted Ubuntu; that’s another reason I chose Ubuntu as my primary operating system.

But with that screen before my eyes, I have this feeling that I should start to hate Windows, or Microsoft for that matter, for not letting us have the benefit.

Along with benefits, Windows has its demerits as well. It sucks more batter power (I know about all the power settings but tinkering with them is harder) than Ubuntu, which doesn’t run a huge load of processes in the background like Windows does. But then again, with the new features and the improved performance in stability and battery backup I’m reading about on various reviews, I thought of giving it a try. Going beyond $50 is too much for me as I’m yet a student and my pay rate from that company is not that high.

But now it appears I’ll have to search for Windows on torrent sites and continue using pirated copy of Windows when badly in need. Not to mention the continuous promotion of the good ol’ alternative, Ubuntu.

10 thoughts

  1. Reblogged this on Mindless Observation and commented:
    Regional restrictions on hardware and software availability is something that bothers me.

    Said Gabe Newell, “We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. If a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate’s service is more valuable.”

    Microsoft hasn’t caught on with regards to Windows 8, it seems.


    1. That’s the main point. It’s not always about the price. It’s almost always about the availability and the service. And they always say it’s because we in the third world are poor or incapable of purchasing. I mean, that too is a reason. But not for most part.

      What you wrote couldn’t have been written any better. Thanks for this valuable input and the reblog.


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  6. I am wondering…would it have worked if you had used a server from another country. Many times, content that is not accessible to me because I live in India can be accessed if I use my office VPN and log in to a server in Americas and then go to the site.


    1. Sure, in fact, some of my friends have used VPN to purchase Windows 8 license pretending to be in another country. But to be honest, I was mad at Microsoft. They have activities in Bangladesh (and in India, too, undoubtedly), then why would they not make the offer available to people living in these countries and still expect people to buy original license instead of using pirated product?

      This was one of the times I realized that people pirate stuff not because they aren’t willing to buy it. So, I was like, okay, you won’t let me purchase your license, I’m setting my course towards The Pirate Bay.

      Seriously, I was that mad.


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