I was helping a friend with a PowerPoint presentation the other day, and his embedded sounds just absolutely refused to play. No feedback or error messages, just failure. He needed it ASAP, and asked me to look at it. I tested the sound system – first by using the Control Panel, which worked, and then by trying to play an MP3 in Windows Media Player 11. It popped up a dialog telling me that I needed to confirm I had genuine Windows before it would play anything. Fortunately, we did have an available Internet connection, so could go through the process – but what would have happened if we hadn’t?
Yet another case of the “advantage” in Genuine Advantage not being the advantage of the user.