This reply has nothing to do at all with the post at hand. I am sure all are comforted by you being horrified for us poor Windows users problems though and the PC manufactures not providing us with these much needed restore disks, actually Toshiba, eMachines and Gateway still do and maybe more like Dell I think still does. Very unfair to accuse Windows users of not being creative.
Clearly one shoe does not fit all. The people in my circle (about 50 pc users) can't afford a Mac even if they wanted one, they tend keep their computers for 5-7 years, since XP I have done less and on allot no OS work on them compared to any prior versions of Windows. Machines have also become more reliable as I have only done one power box on a 3 yr old eMachines and a hard drive replacement on a 5 yr old one, in the past few years.
Nice touch adding in the Windows 98 install and virus. I guess if you visit shady sites online and open every email you get you may end up with one of them, I guess we are lucky as we have not had that problem.
I am creative, when my 1970 Honda motorcycle has any problems, I just have my husband fix it - he is a garage mechanic.