I wanted to just add a twist to the original post.
I have an 8-year old Toshiba Satellite laptop that has XP-Pro on it. But it is time for a change, and soon I am going to buy a new one. I have been hearing so many good things about Pardus and I am excited to try it out. On the other hand, I do not want to pay for any kind of Microsoft product that comes with a new laptop.
I found a decade old page , where somebody shares an experience about getting a refund from a never installed Windows software that came with the laptop. He tries hard, but it is a happy -ending story.http://www.netcraft.com.au/geoffrey/toshiba.html
Has anybody of you have a similar experience with Toshiba , Sony or other manufacturers, where you get the laptop with Windows, and then able to return the software for a refund before an initial boot? Does it matter whether it is Europe or US?