Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth
Tech Soup Blog
DECEMBER 2, 2014
This was mainly because refurbishers couldn't afford to put legal Windows licenses on used equipment. Refurbishers could either pay full price for licenses (and thereby price their equipment out of the market), or use pirated versions of Windows. The PC refurbishment industry was but a small, shadowy thing.