Re: Blank box
"These days, crapware can more than pay for the minimum Windows license."
Hold it right there.
There is a fundamentally unethical problem right here. Microsoft has created a system whereby they are allowing crapware to essentially pay them. Cost neutral to the manufacturer to install Windows - so long as MS continues to allow them to install the crud. Thus the windows tax is now being paid, not in dollars, but in punters being sold systems riddled with bloatware and potentially worse. And no-one sees a problem here?
Seems there is a market for a simple cheap product that any punter can use to wipe and reinstall. Perhaps a read only USB stick that you insert, boot from, all it does is ask you to type in your code, and away it goes. Or perhaps all the local friendly corner computer shops should start promoting reinstall as as it as a service as well as a really good idea.