Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Oct 2006 20:13 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Windows If Vista is not activated with a legitimate product registration key in time, the system will run in 'reduced functionality mode' until it is activated, said Thomas Lindeman, a senior product manager at Microsoft. In this mode, people will be able to use a Web browser for up to an hour, after which time the system will log them out, he said. On a related note, Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista through March 15.
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Fair enough
by gamehack on Wed 4th Oct 2006 20:23 UTC
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Right... I'm all against piracy and I would say that it is a good measure to reduce the functionality of the OS when not activated. BUT as I'm saying there's a big BUT: make it easy for people to activate their copy. Even if they reinstall or whatever just make activation a straigtforward non-obtrusive process. That way loyal customers won't be annoyed and pirates will experience reduced functionaly. But that would only happen in a perfect world tbh so I don't think this would work out okay due to nature of an operating system - you're given access to binaries and we all know that sooner or later it is going to be cracked. So what I'm going for is just make it as easy as possible for the paying clients to be your customers.

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RE: Fair enough
by tomcat on Wed 4th Oct 2006 20:36 in reply to "Fair enough"
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Frankly, it already IS easy for people to activate -- because they DON'T have to do so. As the article says, most people get their copies of Windows when they buy a new machine. Retail (ie. shrinkwrap) upgrades comprise less than 1% of all OS sales for MS, according to statistics. This is a tempest in a teacup. It's primarily aimed at keeping graybox vendors honest.

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RE[2]: Fair enough
by n4cer on Wed 4th Oct 2006 20:55 in reply to "RE: Fair enough"
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And even in the retail install scenario, activation is in most cases automatic. Either enter your product key during installation and Vista will automatically activate after the grace period, or go to System Properties and manually activate (maybe a 3-step process).

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