Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Aug 2006 21:01 UTC
Microsoft To date, with its Genuine Advantage anti-piracy programs, Microsoft has targeted consumers. Windows and Office users have been required to validate their products as 'genuine before being able to obtain many downloads and add-ons. Come this fall, however, the software maker is planning to turn up the Genuine Advantage heat in two ways: by baking more Genuine Advantage checks directly into Windows Vista, and by taking aim at PC makers, system builders, Internet cafes and other sources of potentially pirated software.
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Screw the repairman
by Noremacam on Wed 9th Aug 2006 22:10 UTC
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My job is to fix people's computers. I get computers in all the time where the key for windows is not recoverable(usually not applied to the case or even removed). I've seen systems decimated by spyware, viruses and all that garbage to the point that they no longer boot.

Am I, the system repair guy, supposed to charge another $150 for a copy of windows because I don't have access to a key? If I put that on the price tag for a repair, they'd laugh at me.

Granted, I have no way of knowing if their copy was legitimate - when I'm fixing a computer for, lets say, the elderly, do I have much motivation for seeing them as theives?

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