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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2006-02-19

This has got to be one of THE MOST PAIN IN THE ASS “FEATURES” I’ve ever seen. The LAST THING I need to waste my time with is calling technical support, not because I’m having an actual “technical” issue, but because I’m having a problem with licensing. As for an update after the product is EOLed, what motivation does Microsoft have to make this update not another massive “pain in the ass” to perform/deploy (and coax you into upgrading instead)? This is why I LOVED VLKs—because I didn’t have to deal with this BULLSHIT over 1500+ machines. Oh, you’re formatting this box? Don’t forget to activate everything/prove you're not a criminal yet again.

Sorry Microsoft—treat your customers like thieves and see how long they’ll be your customers. Hello open source/alternatives; we're beginning to live in an IP “world gone mad.”

Edited 2006-10-04 22:37

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

If you were deploying to 1500+ machines, you'd just update the deployment images you use. Something you'd have to do for service packs and similar anyway. You'd also need to know whether or not you are compliant with all your licenses, so activation would help to point out where you aren't. None of this would have to be a manual process in an environment such as the one you describe.

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