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Old 05-30-2006, 09:23 PM
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I got the M$ notification for a 'shady' copy of XP and I did the right thing and paid for it... BUT... did I get any legit authorisation codes etc for my expensive gesture of honestly? Heck no! LOL!
Interestingly, on one of my other machines I am also running a slightly shady copy of win2KPro (btw, the most stable win OS I have ever used) I know I have a legal version of it somewhere... But anyway I have not received a notification re this illegal copy... maybe this crackdown is exclusive to XP.
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Old 05-30-2006, 09:36 PM
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yeah Craig, boot disc would be ideal, but what if you could, say, have the entire OS permanently resident in RAM (or something that is similar concept). Boot from 'RAM' would be very fast and very cool
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:09 PM
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Microsoft has been pretty easy to deal with on these issues with us (I'm a Microsoft Certified Partner). I have to agree with Nancy on this one. Microsoft really doesn't have the ability to confirm that your software is legit or not.

If we do a reinstall on a system and have to call MS to activate we now have to tell them what brand of machine the copy was originally installed on. Other than that they really don't have any way of knowing. They do have different Certificates of Authenticity for us System Builders now (they have a shape that looks like a pig).

If a person tells the MS auth rep that they have replaced the motherboard because it failed on their system they really have to take you at your word. Now if you have some cd key that has been used 100,000 times because you got it from (please don't try that...not sure if its real :P ) then they can know its not legit.

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Old 05-31-2006, 09:03 AM
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"Windows Genuine advantage" . . .

From your posts it looks like it's just one more completely untrustworthy scheme from Bill and his dancing ape.
Well... at least they're consistent! Gotta give 'm that.
Consistently creepy, that is!
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