Microsoft has been publicising its new plans for annoying those who don't have genuine copies of Windows Vista when the new OS is released in January.
Many Windows XP users currently use the famous corporate key, 'FCKGW', to prevent the need for Windows Activation - not necessarily because they pirate Windows, but because the change-hardware-and-phone-home element of the software is such a mind-boggling hassle.
However, non-activating users of Vista will find that they can't use the Windows Aero new user interface, and will also be prevented from using Windows Defender anti-virus software and Windows Updates. Microsoft says that these features are reserved for 'genuine Windows' users and differentiate pirated copies from genuine copies.
Microsoft is now implementing a 'Volume Activation' process which could mean that the non-activating Corporate keys are a thing of the past.
However, Cori Hartje, Director of Microsoft Genuine Software Initiative, did reassure users that "Microsoft anti-piracy technologies cannot and will not turn off your computer." Well that's reassuring to know.
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