Re: Can't say I blame them
"And Windows works fairly well as a guest VM on my Linux host. Except it just keeps expanding to overfill the disk it was allocated."
Which is where I moved my Windows guest VM to VMware Fusion on my Mac. Fusion has the ability to reclaim the space Windows keeps gobbling up.
And Windows Activation after that was a good half hour struggle with an automated phone system, NOT something that could be achieved in 10 seconds, as another poster suggested.