Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Nov 2010 22:00 UTC, submitted by S. Akers
Windows In an industry dependent on intellectual property, Microsoft's fight against "theft" has implications beyond the bottom line. "Intellectual property is a critical engine of economic growth," says Microsoft's anti-piracy chief, "That's not just for large companies, but also for small businesses and entire countries. We work with governments that are realizing this is in their best interests."
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About activation codes ...
by WorknMan on Tue 9th Nov 2010 02:41 UTC
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It sucks when you buy a new PC with a non-genuine copy of Windows. If the vendor who sold it to you patches it up, it'll pass activation and WGA when you first get it, or will come already activated. But then a few months later when a Windows update comes along that invalidates whatever it was they patched, then you're not genuine anymore. So then, how the hell are consumers supposed to know what is genuine and what isn't?

This actually happened to somebody I know, who bought a PC from a local mom & pop shop for $400, which came with Windows, Office, Nero, and a handful of other apps. I knew the stuff was counterfeit as soon as I saw what it came with, but he didn't want to pursue it. Then a few months later, it came back to bite him on the ass. That being said, Microsoft was kind enough to sell him a genuine copy on the cheap, which got me to thinking whether unscrupulous pirates who wanted a genuine copy could use that to their advantage.

Edited 2010-11-09 02:42 UTC

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