I originally purchased a Toshiba laptop from Best Buy in August. It came with the 64-bit Vista Home Premium operating system. Come to find out that some of the software I needed to run did not work on Vista 64-bit so I called Toshiba Customer Support requesting that they change my operating system from 64 to 32-bit. They were not able to accommodate this request and I was okay with that. The customer service person I spoke with was professional and courteous so I didn't push the issue and went to Best Buy and purchased the 32-bit version of Vista Home Premium. I had to purchase the full version rather than the upgrade since I was in effect, downgrading.
Well now it is Oct 22 (the release date for the much anticipated Windows 7 operating system). I was provided with a free Windows 7 upgrade with the purchase of my laptop. I called customer service again, requesting that they send me the 32-bit version rather than the 64-bit version and again they said they could not do that for me. I am frustrated and disappointed. I've purchased many computers over the years (mostly from Dell). This is the first time I've purchased a Toshiba. I'm surprised at the lack of willingness that Toshiba has in helping me with what I would consider to be a fairly simple (and inexpensive) request. It seems to me that it would be in Toshiba's best interest to make this accommodation since this has the potential to either develop or ruin a new customer relationship.
Toshiba has so far put a bad taste in my mouth. I am what some of my friends consider a "go to" person when they have questions about their new computer purchases. I will never recommend Toshiba. Not because the hardware is of lesser quality, but because their (lack of good) customer service makes it worth spending a little extra and buying from Dell and knowing that if I have problems, I'll be taken care of. This is the kind of mistake you only make once. Shame on you this time Toshiba. Next time, it will be shame on me.