You are missing my point ... That those laptop companies might well charge you more than the cost of a Windows license to sufpport having to maintain separate SKUs for that 0.01% of the population that wants to buy a laptop without Windows or OSX installed on it. If you pressure somebody like Lenovo, ASUS, MSI, etc. to do that, they'll accommodate you by taking that $35 copy of Windows out, and adding $35 to the price of the laptop as a customization charge so they can accommodate your choice.
I bought a brand new ASUS G750 and immediately formatted the Windows 8 because it wasn't the Pro edition and I needed the Pro features. We can't all be winners all of the time.
Face it, the minority sometimes has to pay for what the majority wants. Ask the 49% that lost the US election last go around about it. LOL.
I think you miss my point and I agree with Rookie,
Common sense goes a long way understanding,
manufacturing+bottom line+profit+high/consistent quality+repeat customers....
This is something corporate America and some educated dummies have forgotten.
And if I have to explain that, dont bother commenting to this comment.....