+ 0 Votes bit harsh Paul R.A. 6 years ago most people bought from sound establshments that used volume licenses in the states- then MS changed the rules. Some had the CDs some and some lost the Certs of Auth. Others did buy unwittingly. But as for Microsoft- the USA market is paying for the Developing countries- when China can purchase a legal Windows/Office combo for about 3 bucks US - and Vista is going for about half the cost in Japan- who is paying for the inroads in other markets? Us.