Since when did my multi-thousand dollar computer become relegated to an overpriced console. This is a computer not a dumbed down console. What, the huge logo shouting WINDOWS VISTA is not enough? I guess they can do what they want, besides, with what they are charging for it, and how XP runs, I doubt many will actually buy it, and those who do, will certainly hack it. EULA or no EULA. I think MS has lost their minds. Oh for those who do not think this will be a problem, try building computers for a living. After restarting a system 20 times loading drivers and software, you will be ready to kill whoever wrote that or forced you to listen to it. And for the record, who says the console startup sound is not annoying. I cannot stand it. Think of it this way, 5 years down the road, when MS releases the next Windows (I am being generous with it being only 5), how many times will you have heard that sound? You cannot tell me you will not be tired of hearing it.