Originally Posted by Saran
But doesn't that introduce the possibility that someone will abuse this "personal service" that you "sometimes" perform, and make an illegal copy?
And how has DRM infringed upon my fair use rights? I paid a good R1950 (about US$ 270) for Vista Ultimate x64. I didn't use the original DVD to install. I made a copy of it, and installed using the copy. And guess what? It still accepted my key, and installed without a problem. It never stopped to say "install failed because you're using a copied disc".
I've got 1000's of songs and movies on my HDD that I also copied in this way, in order to protect the investment. Good thing too, as some of them cannot be replaced if the disc gets stolen or damaged.
How does bypassing the WGA mechanism (potentially allowing for illegal installations) protect your investment?
I don't fully understand what you're saying - You sometimes remove the WGA requirement from legal licensed copies of Windows? Why would you even need do that if they were legal licensed copies? It's takes less than 5 seconds to activate over the 'net, so it can hardly be because you want to save time!