Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Oct 2006 13:40 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Windows Microsoft has released licenses for the Windows Vista operating system that dramatically differ from those for Windows XP in that they limit the number of times that retail editions can be transferred to another device and ban the two least-expensive versions from running in a virtual machine. The new licenses, which were highlighted by the Vista team on its official blog Tuesday, add new restrictions to how and where Windows can be used.
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Hey, I don't have to wait for Vista!
by MacTO on Fri 13th Oct 2006 20:39 UTC
MacTO
Member since:
2006-09-21

Windows XP won't even activate on my machine anymore, even though I bought a legitimate copy with a legitimate key from a legitimate source. Oh yes, and I'm installing it on the hardware that it was originally activated on. I guess that my inability to activate XP also means that my copy of Office is useless too!

Maybe Microsoft got ticked off because I overwrote my XP partition a few too many times, in the name of trying out oddball Linux distros.

Whatever the cause, I don't feel too bright for spending my hard earned cash on XP. After all, I knew about this potential problem going into the purchase.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Windows XP won't even activate on my machine anymore, even though I bought a legitimate copy with a legitimate key from a legitimate source. Oh yes, and I'm installing it on the hardware that it was originally activated on. I guess that my inability to activate XP also means that my copy of Office is useless too!"

Easy to fix as long as the copy is legitimate. Simply call up MS. The process takes about 5 minutes.

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MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

And I may call up Microsoft one day, even though I disagree with having to phone them up to get permission to use the software that I bought from them (as a matter of principle).

Or maybe not. I picked up XP and Office to make life easier when I entered a professional programme. I'm done with that and it didn't make life easier anyway, so calling Microsoft would only waste my time and send my blood pressure through the roof.

And for what it's worth, I purchased the license through the University so it is legit. I am currently employed by that same university so there is no reason why it would no longer be valid.

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