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Microsoft to Modify Windows XP Product-Activation Policy
Contributed by: SHA, at 2/24/2005 10:23:00 PM.

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.

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Thanks Saad for the info ... there are things needed to be cleared up ...

The restrictions will effect as following: -
Microsoft will “disable” the ability to activate these direct OEM Product Keys over the Internet. When a customer or reseller tries to activate using a Product Key found on the list of “disabled” Keys, the online product activation wizard will instruct them to call Microsoft where a customer service representative can assist them further. Call center operators receiving these calls will only issue an override key to customers who correctly answer a series of questions which manually verify them as legitimate.

There are around 9 different versions of Windows XP in circulation (regarding Windows Authentication Mode). The impact of the changes brought down by Microsoft are as follows : -

Windows XP home OEM sold with 'brand name' computers <--affected
Windows XP pro OEM sold with 'brand name' computers <--affected

Windows XP home OEM sold by 'small time' OEMs, such as local computer stores or Newegg <--NOT affected - normal OEM key restrictions apply
Windows XP pro OEM sold by 'small time' OEMs, such as local computer stores or Newegg <--NOT affected - normal OEM key restrictions apply


Windows XP home Retail <--still have to activate but not call.
Windows XP pro Retail <--still have to activate but not call.

Windows XP home Retail upgrade <--still have to activate but not call.
Windows XP pro Retail upgrade <--still have to activate but not call.

Windows XP Corp. Edition (VLK)<-- no activation required. (Most Pirated Version)


So there are 9 different versions of windows cds out there, the cdkey from the OEM will not work on the retail cd. And the upgrade cdkey is different then the Retail cd.

Hope that clears some things.

-- G3nu1n3 --


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