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Poll Results: Does the activation process really decrease piracy?

How did your peers answer this question: Does the Microsoft Activation process to determine "Genuine" copies of Windows really reduce software piracy?

Windows users have all experienced the Microsoft Activation process, which purports to determine if the running copy of the operating system is "genuine." And by genuine, we mean to say, whether it has a properly paid-for license.

On February 12, 2010, I used the blog post," Windows 7 Activation Update Aims at High-Volume Pirates," by Ed Bott as the basis for this poll question:

Does the Microsoft Activation process to determine "genuine" copies of Windows really reduce software piracy?

Results

Not surprisingly, the 1,444 TechRepublic member respondents were generally not impressed by the Microsoft Activation process and were very skeptical that the program actually does much of anything with regard to preventing piracy.

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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