Microsoft to Modify Windows XP Product-Activation PolicyBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
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UPDATED: As part of its anti-piracy campaign, Microsoft will be tweaking its new-user registration procedures as of next week.Microsoft is continuing its crack-down on Windows pirates, and is modifying its product-activation policies to do so.
Product activation, which Microsoft first introduced with Windows XP in 2001, is Microsoft's way of requiring new Windows users to authenticate their copies of Windows. Microsoft has required users not covered by volume-license agreements to register their XP copies via the Internet or phone using their unique product keys.
As of next week, however, Microsoft plans to curtail the number of users relying on the Web to activate their copies of XP.
On Wednesday, Microsoft officials acknowledged the authenticity of the alert.
Via the new XP product activation policy, Microsoft is hoping to eliminate piracy that occurs when product keys are stolen from COAs that traditionally have been placed on PCs by OEMs.
"Now, if you type a key into (the authentication mechanism) on the Web, it will activate and not tell you anything is wrong," even if the key is stolen, said Alex Kochis, senior license compliance manager with Microsoft's Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partner group, and author of the distribution alert.
"This is our opportunity to tell customers that product keys may not have been obtained properly," Kochis said.
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