I have actually been reading this since the first accusation was made and the story is like this…
Some consumers may not have internet access. They get a new PC that says this so they are being told it will do the bells and whistle (what MS has always promoted) Now Intel couldn’t get the integrated video chipsets right and didn’t want to put the 945+ ones on the PC’s as they wanted to milk users to get the 915 chipset or lesser so MS caved in and said ok.
Dell, HP and other vendors disapproved of this and said they are looking for trouble but MS is too worried about Intels feelings.
So a consumor sees “Vista Capable” and the people at best buy etc… say this will be the PC you want due to this or that. Now remember that not everyone is techy or savvy on this sort of stuff and since MS wasn’t stating what OS it will play then this was a mislead. I for one got the XP MCE and was able to get the Vista free but guess what my machine would only be able to use the basic but the free disc I got was premium…this is why the lawsuits are happening also as the user wasn’t told what OS they’d get and were stuck so to speak. I could ramble on and get more info on this as to the majority of the cases but figured my experience would show why the issues are at hand. Also note they don’t tell you what OS you get either at the sale. You are stuck with home premium or ultimate depending on the OS of XP so basically you were conned so to speak.