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[INFO] Woopsie, they're doing it again

Post by MysteryFCM » Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:25 pm

Microsoft to nix some Net product activation
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5589 ... d.newsfeed
Customers who find themselves reinstalling Windows XP should be ready for a headache: Microsoft will no longer support activating the product over the Internet for PCs which have Windows pre-installed.

Intended to curtail the stealing and selling of certificates of authenticity, the new security measure will start at the end of this month. At first, it will be limited to the Windows XP software preinstalled on systems shipped by the top 20 PC sellers.

"The main reason (for the change) is to address piracy in this area," a Microsoft representative said on Thursday. "Microsoft has found various people selling the labels of authenticity that they have copied or have pulled off other PCs. ....Full story

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Post by mujjuman » Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:05 pm

piracy for Microsoft products would decline by atleast 50% if they lower the price 30%.
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Post by SweetLou » Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:13 pm

mujjuman wrote:piracy for Microsoft products would decline by atleast 50% if they lower the price 30%.
And where did you find this information? Don't just spit out stats without backing them up.
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Post by hornakapopolis » Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:12 pm

Hey, I'd believe 80% of what he said... but only 50% of the time.

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Post by TomServo » Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:56 pm

Just remember.. 90% of all stats are made up
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Post by mujjuman » Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:46 am

TomServo wrote:Just remember.. 90% of all stats are made up
yes, i made it up. but i used common sense and educated reasoning to come up with the projected numbers.
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Post by Sergei » Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:05 am

Which works better than a random number generator up to, oh... 14% of the time.

What does this mean exactly - you'll have to phone Microsoft if you need to reinstall?

That'll be fun. I bought my computer in the the States...
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Post by mujjuman » Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:02 pm

yep youre just going to have to call. or maybe you can use the key that comes in the sticker on the side of the computer. i have never used that before, so dont know how it works. but i think the OEM version doesnt need activation, if you use the OEM key.
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Post by Coolnat2004 » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:18 pm

Activation is a pain.. It only delays piracy, it doesn't discourage it.

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Post by mujjuman » Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:07 am

i think it may even provoke it to a certain degree. forcing people to "activate" their software will encourage "crackers" to come up with new ways to circumvent these sorts of "features" :( if only the prices were more affordable.
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Post by Circumlocutus » Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:31 am

mujjuman wrote:yep youre just going to have to call. or maybe you can use the key that comes in the sticker on the side of the computer. i have never used that before, so dont know how it works. but i think the OEM version doesnt need activation, if you use the OEM key.
An unbranded OEM version of XP still requires activation.
sergei wrote:That'll be fun. I bought my computer in the the States...
I bought my copy of Windows XP Pro OEM (1 week before release :)) whilst I was still living in England, and have successfully re-activated it many times in the US of A, including a couple of times by phone on hardware other than that which it was originally activated on.
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Post by KY Dave » Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:39 am

Chrymanitlee, $89 for 5 or 6 years, maybe longer, that is utter madness!

Why don't you buy an Apple product and you can pay them $129 a year to 'update' their OS, plus have less to work with too!

It wouldn't matter if Microsoft charged $10, jerks would still steal their products just because "Microsoft has too much money", at least that would be their excuse.
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Post by mujjuman » Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:44 am

WebGuy wrote:It wouldn't matter if Microsoft charged $10, jerks would still steal their products just because "Microsoft has too much money", at least that would be their excuse.
thats true, but people should start respecting Microsoft even if they could be obnoxiously rich because they make good software. if Microsoft charged $100 for WIndows Vista, i'd buy a copy, or maybe two... if it seems like i would really be needing it. but i think im going to stay with XP because Vista is too restrictive ;)
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