Just because someone expresses an opinion that the purchase of the newest OS is the only way to fix a poor one does not make it untrue...I constantly hear criticism of Vista and all of our laptops were running it, and all having the same problem...the blank Internet Explorer screen which sometimes showed up in the Task Manager to allow a close, and sometimes you could alt/tab to it and close it...and other times you were just stuck with it.
I, on many occasions, brought this problem to the attention of Microsoft--all for nought! Having installed the Windows 7 upgrade this issue has been fixed, along with some other annoyances.
I am no newby to computers and OSs...and have been using computers since the days of Adam computer that you hooked up to a TV screen (funny how some things cycle around because today I have a desktop hooked up to a 32-inch set, and we can hook up a laptop to the 60-inch set and watch Netflix Instant), then progressed to a clamshell (I'm thinking you have no idea about either of these computers), and have used OS from DOS Basic all the way up to Windows 7. I have a home network set up and we all print from one computer...I set it up myself. I used to build my own desktops and can change out hard drives and memory on a laptop. So, I reiterate, I am no novice.
Conversely, just because someone says that expecting a "free" upgrade to fix an OS problem is entitlement...I am curious as to why you read into my post that I wanted something for free? I thought I stated that I would like a price reduction for each purchase of an additional license (not in those exact words) -- and didn't understand why I actually need additional hard copies. If there are group family licenses available and the software can be downloaded...great...I'm there---I am sort of curious as to what I am downloading onto---DVD---zip drive? Doesn't seem feasible to download it to a computer that requires a clean install (e.g. the Toshiba Satellite U-305). It can install on the Lenovo as an upgrade. I am in the process of replacing hard drive on the Dell (waiting for replacement restore disc as grandson seems to have misplaced all discs/manuals/etc. that came with it) - so don't know if upgrading a Dell Inspiron 1525 is a problem -- I do know there was apparently some problems with the hard drive going out shortly after warranty. Anyway, thanks for your constructive (however misguided) criticism. Also, I already own 1 license -- so is the 3-pack useable on my remaining 3 laptops...the desktop is running XP Pro -- and can keep running it--grandkids use it for internet access mostly and it is pretty old.