Don't misunderstand me, I have a licence, a full retail licence no less. Activated on a single machine. But I'm sick of having to telephone Microsoft and enter 18 blocks of 8 digits into boxes that I'm just going to go grab an activation crack, slipstream it onto a DVD, and then install that way.
Why must I telephone? What is the point? Why does Microsoft think it is ok to treat paying customers this way?
Gabe Newell, the CEO of Valve/Steam said piracy is purely a service problem: pirates provide a better service than developers and honestly he isn't too far from the truth when Microsoft is concerned.
When Windows 8 rolls around there is no way I'll pay the extra for a retail licence compared to an OEM/Action Pack/Technet+ since Microsoft treats retail customers worse than any of the above. Or at least no better given how much more expensive it is...
Even Apple's horrible iTunes software treats me with more respect, allowing me to authorise without fuss and de-authorised previous installations at the click of a button.