Does anyone still read the EULA before installing a program?

@Asylum (48278)
Manchester, England
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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@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
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.
@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
27 Apr 08
thank you very much for the best response :)
@MsTickle (24977)
• Australia
27 Apr 08
I do read them sometimes. The thing is I don't understand most of the jargon used. I'm a computer dummy through and through.
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
27 Apr 08
You must be one of the very few people that still do read these.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 08
I glance at it and it nearly always says the same lol I scroll through it and then agree
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 08
Yes, this is what most people tend to do.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
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.
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
21 Apr 08
Joking or not, you still have a very good point. We all know that we are agreeing to a contract, but we have read such EULAs in the past and simply could not be bothered any more.
• Singapore
21 Apr 08
Holy baby, no! What's the point of reading when you can't change a thing? Either you use it or you don't.
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
21 Apr 08
A fair point Lordwarwizard, but just think how often we agree to something without even knowing what we agree to.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
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".
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
21 Apr 08
Yes, they are rather one sided and probably intended to be ignored.
• India
20 Apr 08
i dont think anyone have ever read the eula before installing software.i have never read that even though i have installed many softwares to the date
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
20 Apr 08
I have read parts of them, but it was many years ago.
• United States
27 Apr 08
Nope. I have never ever read the EULA before. The only time I read something like that is if I'm looking to use something on my website and I read the copyright agreement.