Holy cow, I wrote a book!
"Why can't I remove 'for test/evaluation purposes only'? I know I'm running an evaluation
edition, I don't need it rubbed in my face."
This prevents unscrupulous OEMs from selling machines with the evaluation edition
of the product instead of the retail version. (Yes, this has happened before. Many
The "For test purposes only" tag prevents unscrupulous OEMs from selling machines
with uncertified drivers. (Driver-cheating has been a big problem, especially video
drivers, since... well... forever. Those of you who are gamers know all about driver
cheating.) To install an uncertified driver without a warning prompt, you need to
install the test root certificate. The presence of the test root certificate causes
the "For test purposes only" tag to appear.
We have also had many cases of corporate customers (and technology reporters!) who
have had machines expire because they had forgotten that they were running the evaluation
edition. When the machines expire on them, they are stuck with thousands
of machines that don't work. This makes them extremely upset.