For me it is a simple matter of logistics.
I have FIVE computers I use in my business. I am the owner/operator of a tow truck. ONE man, ONE truck. No employees.
(1) copy of S&T 20##
When I am in my truck, the PC is usually up and running. Some calls for a tow, and it is no problem to calculate the tow (starting and ending points, loaded miles and ETA, etc.) because S&T is already up and running.
(2) copies of S&T 20## ??
When I am in my home, I am on one of two main computers I use. One OR the other is booted up at any time, sometimes both, sometimes neither. When someone calls for a tow, I want S&T to be on THAT computer that is running so I can quickly open S&T, do the calculations and quote the tow, as well as head out and MAKE MONEY. Therefore, the 2-computer limit FORCES me to buy two copies of S&T, even though I am the ONLY person who uses the cop(ies) I buy, so that S&T is on both main computers.
Lets say the day is over, and I am getting some sleep. I have a PC in my bedroom that is always running, so when someone calls, I don't have to get up and BOOT UP one of the main computers in another part of the house. I can use the bedroom PC that is already running to quote the tow, and go back to sleep if they decline. So far, so good. FOUR computers, TWO copies of S&T.
(3) copies of S&T 20## !!!
As with ALL computers, sometimes they just don't want to cooperate. The truck PC works MOST of the time, but every now and then, it boots up and CANNOT find the GPS antenna, or it won't boot at all, because of some error that I cannot troubleshoot while I am racing to a response-time-critical tow. That is when I will reach for my LENOVO Notebook computer as my backup. I boot up THAT computer, plug in the GPS antenna and head out.
Microsoft's strict 2-computer policy has forced me to get by with only my truck PC, leaving the notebook at home unless I pay the extortion fee of the purchase price of YET ANOTHER copy of S&T every year so that I can reliably respond to calls for roadside assistance, and all for the sin of using computers that are not 100% reliable.
Since Microsoft insists on a 2-computer per registration policy, and I NEED a backup GPS option in my truck, I have invested in a Garmin NUVI 265, which now has become my PRIMARY GPS routing device, since it boots instantly, it is faster to find my destination, and it has a lot of great features that allow me to blast out of my driveway toward my customer while my truck PC is still booting up, starting S&T and trying to find the GPS antenna.
As further protection against a costly delay, I also purchase the newest edition of DeLorme Street Atlas which is also installed on my truck PC, just in case S&T takes a trip to Oz when I need it most. I also have AT&T USB Broadband Internet in my truck, so if all else fails, I can use the Google maps to find my customer.
Don't get me wrong. I love S&T! I just want to be able to buy ONE COPY and use it on as many computer as *I* need in order to function efficiently. If that means I log on and pay another $20 per computer installed, SO BE IT. If I need it on ten computers, the price should be the $39 "first copy" price (with the expense of the actual disc, the packaging, the colorful wrapper and the instruction sheet) and another $180.00 for the 9 additional computers that cost Microsoft NOTHING in production of anything physical. $20.00 for permission to install EXISTING DATA onto another of my computers is reasonable.
Believe me, Microsoft! I have more important things to do with my life than pirate a silly program that is navigationally outdated 2 months after it is purchased! I know that in small town America, the addition of a new highway on ramp make the papers and the whole town turns out with cameras, but here in southern Commiefornia, a new on ramp can pop up during my LUNCH BREAK. Sink holes occur. Earthquakes knock down bridges! Cops shut down entire freeways because some distrught woman is having a bad hair day! Available roads change quickly out here!
PLEASE give me the flexibility of multiple installations without worrying about my little one-man towing service threatening the future of your MEGA-BILLION dollar software company!