You pay for the license (the right to use it) and you get the CD for free. After all, the cost to produce a CD is minor (say USD .25), so it's cheaper for Dell to give one to every user in stead of having the administrative complications of selling both complete packages and licenses only with new computer.
It's no problem.
I know we're going to get a lot of heat for this but....
We just bought 2 new identical Dell notebooks for our home. When we went through the purchasing process with our Dell Sales agent, we asked it there was anything we could purchase once but that we could install on both systems? We were told that each application was strictly for one system only.
Now I'm going through our computer file box, taking out old software and documentation for systems we are discarding and I find 3 more copies of MS Small Business Edition 2003. Plus, we purchased 2 separate Trend Micro Security Systems and other applications.
Seriously, is this really necessary or were we hoodwinked??
Now, we are not a corporate user that has hundreds of people using their software. We also understand why each computer should have its own legitimate, authentic operating system. Lastly, we are not buying pirated items and would not approve of doing so. But.....shouldn't we be able to purchase one issue of a software that can be used at our discretions on multiple computers in our home? We own it after all. If we purchase any other item, as long as it was for private use, we would be able to use it anywhere.
We are so afraid of locking everything up...could we realistically have just installed one copy on both computers or even use one of the ones we already own? We would love to know for the future and save a few hundred $$.