Readers are vocal about EULA wording changes

Stephanie small By Stephanie Small

Microsoft’s Web site often bears end-user license agreements (EULAs) that differ from the ones displayed to users during software installation, as described in a Feb. 4 top story by WS senior editor Woody Leonhard.

Whatever your feelings about EULAs in general, the idea that a EULA might change after thatfact sparked a lively discussion among members of the Windows Secrets Lounge.

Art Johnson notes in a Lounge post how he uses a utility to quickly review EULAs for unusual provisions before he clicks the Accept button:

  • “For several years, I have been using the tool called EULAlyzer, which is free for personal or educational use.

    It is an easy job to analyze any EULA quickly and flag any text of interest, as well as to save that EULA within the app.

    For WinXP Pro, EULAlyzer included fourteen paragraphs flagged to read, and it said:

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