Thanks for all the responses. Will try to answer questions raised:-
As for WGA, well, if you want to download software from windows website then you have no choice but to install.
Is this true? I haven't d/loaded WGA but I'm getting updates ok and Mal.Tool. tries everyday to join the d/load list.
But what is your problem with WGA
Firstly, the OS is genuine, came pre-loaded with this computer.
Seems from responses so far I might be in a minority but after many years of using MS software I have found the Corp. to lack generosity of spirit (yes they are a business but business can also be generous ... and have higher customer retention) and more importantly for me I have found MS to be very controlling. Perhaps this latter point arises because they are designing for 'everyman' which these days means 'dumbed-down' man. I notice that MS has been accused of anti-competetive behaviour in more than one country and this
fits with my view. A small instance: I used to use Frontpage for quick edits on my site. Now Frontpage doesn't exist - it's SharePointDesigner. Notice that with this one can only edit SharePoint pages ... viz it's not a general editor. So I use DreamWeaver and avoid SharePoint.
If MS were struggling it would be different but that Corp. has made the world's richest man and many millionaires (remember non Americans have a different view of these things) so why go all out to crush the odd bit of copied soft-ware ... didn't you share 'cassette music' when you were young? Did that ruin the music industry? So for me it's a question of relativity.
Still having read all yr views I probably will allow these two to d/load but deep down I know I'm moving towards Ubuntu. I've already removed Office and replaced it with OOo (very happy with that) .
Now I'll await the flak from my comments ...