Does anyone still read the EULA before installing a program?
April 20, 2008 12:16pm CST
For the benefit of members who are not familiar with the term, EULA stands for End User Licence Agreement and comprises of the terms and conditions of use that you have to agree to before installing a program or operating system. When I first started using a computer I would glance through the information and click “I Agree”, but as time went on I soon got fed up with this. The majority of it is of little interest to anyone and very similar for every program. Nevertheless, we do agree to these conditions when installing programs. Does anyone still actually read these or do you just accept and click Next to continue installing?
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20 Apr 08
I don't care for them at all. Nearly all the softwares have an EULA to accept before installing but I don't even know what the EULA of Windows Xp mentiones so I can't really say I obey everything they mention in the EULA. In fact it would be too hard really. As I have just said, I haven't read it for windows xp but if it has something like installing limit (after formatting your pc) or anything else like that (other computers in my home) I might have broken it a few times. Anyway, I think they also consider it might be broken many times and it looks they target commercial users more than the home users with the EULA stuff. At least it is what I hope :) Whenever I download a program from the internet I also don't read the EULA most of the time because it is too long. In addition,the program won't install if I don't accept it so I will have to accept it after reading. I just do that before reading and after my job has been done with that program, I can uninstall it anytime. I did this for some movie file type converters.
21 Apr 08
I must admit I read or at least scheme through them before accepting. The EULA is basically a contract which stipulates the service that will will be provided and since I was young I was taught never to sign anything without knowing what it is. It may be paranoia or too many conspiracy theories, well if they wanted they could write in a clause for everything you have. Just joking, EULA's are generally all similar and basically harmless.
21 Apr 08
Kind duh bit one sided, right Asylum? The only guys I think that would read these are the lawyers. Even the creators of these EULAs know very well that this will just be ignored. The only part there I seek and read is the check box for "I have read this..." and "I Agree".