I've always obtained Windows via "alternative methods"... but decided that, this round, it's just not worth the trouble. And Windows 7 has that shine-n-polish that I like.
I feel a bit dirty paying, though, for something as in-the-background as an O/S... and especially having to pay for 5 copies (parents, sister, etc...)
I know with group, finding a free copy isn't hard... But when did y'all actually pay out-of-pocket $$$ for Windows?
(or have you?)