"Wow! Can I come too pleeeese?"
Microsoft Windows Refund for New Zealand
4 pm, Feb 15th 1999, Cotton Club, Cotton 339, Victoria
University, Kelburn, Wellington.
Nibbles, Wine and Cheese, Courtesy UniForum NZ Inc.
Dr Anand Venkataraman, UniForum NZ
Ph: (06) 350 4186
If you are a user of
OpenBSD, or another
operating system, or even of Microsoft Windows/NT, you may be entitled to
a refund for unused Microsoft products bundled with your
On Windows Refund Day
(February 15, 2019), users of non-Microsoft software are invited to
bring their original unused Microsoft disks, manuals, and Certificates
of Authenticity to the Cotton Club, Cotton 339, Victoria University,
Wellington where they will be collated and submitted to the Microsoft
office on Hunter Street for a refund. In addition, users of Microsoft
Windows/NT, who were sold their computers preloaded with Windows 95 or
98 which they never intend to use are also welcome.
Further information on the Microsoft End User License
Agreement is at the Windows Refund Center in the Resources section
Is this relevant to NZ?
Is the Microsoft Windows Refund initiative relevant in the NZ
marketplace? I have been informed unofficially that Guy Haycock
(Microsoft NZ Windows Marketing) has said something like "Microsoft NZ
is not involved in this." Read this to see
why the initiative is still relevant to New Zealand in spite of Mr
Haycock's assertions to the contrary.
The tentative plan is as follows. Monitor this site for updates.
- Monday Feb 15, 4PM: Gates open at Cotton Club, Cotton 339,
Victoria University. Nibbles, wine and cheese.
- UniForum NZ accepts UNUSED original software from
authentic non-users who were sold bundled Microsoft products. We will
verify that the software is genuine and unused. So copyright
- Customers returning software sign a formal letter requesting
- Tuesday Feb 16: UniForum NZ Inc. liaises with the Microsoft office
on behalf of those who expressed interest in the refund the previous
day and hopefully gets Microsoft to send refund cheques directly to the
The message is not "Windows sucks, I want my money back." The
message is "I choose not to accept this license, and am therefore
exercising my right to return the product for a refund."|
The quality or lack of quality of Microsoft products is not the
If you are seeking a refund, we expect you to
provide some documentation for the fact that you are not using the
Microsoft products you are returning.
Bring your computer if you can schlep it, but if you choose not to
bring the computer, please try to bring a copy of your non-Microsoft
OS, a printout of your partition table, name tag or raffle ticket from
a free OS event, or something else to substantiate that you aren't
just a random copyright violator looking for a handout.
If you try to use this event as an
excuse to actually use Microsoft products in violation of
applicable licenses, we will help Microsoft hunt you down
and prosecute you to the full extent of the law.
If you are not seeking a refund, and simply want to come along for the
spectacle, that's fine too. Do enjoy the nibbles, wine and cheese,
compliments of UniForum NZ, and feel free to converse and mingle.
However, we do request that you not get in the way of people getting
their refunds, and that you act politely towards any Microsoft
employees and the media that may be present.
We will make further information on handling the media available here,
since we want to present our OSs of choice in the best possible light
without embarassing Microsoft. They are only giving us the refunds we
Questions or comments? Please read our FAQ, first.
For more information on the NZ initiative, please contact Anand Raman
Contact Rick Moen at firstname.lastname@example.org for other
enquiries of a general nature.