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XP Virtues and Vindictive tatics

By LordTyraad ·
Something that I heard about the new XP product from Microsoft is that it will not install unless you call Microsoft and give them your credit card number.

They are taking the leasing approach that car dealerships use: lease the car for a lot less money than buying, but you have to maintain it. I guess Microsoft is expecting the computers CMOS batter to be changed every 3000th login.

Why does Microsoft continue to do things that are so shrewd, and yet the customer base is still unaffected by it. There will be another Midnight Madness sale on the day XP is released, and another billion dollars in the pocket of Micro$oft.

I am going to learn Linux, forward and backward, and just have Windows 98 for some games. Unless Microsoft changes their stance on the purchasing of XP, I won't be leasing my computer any time soon.

(Do they offer a 3 year/30,000 login maintenance contract along with the lease?)

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I don't think so . . .

by xxx123 In reply to XP Virtues and Vindictive ...

Uh, I think the credit card thing was someone's idea of a joke. Microsoft is not going to have 5,000 operators "standing by" just to take you credit card number.

However, I would not be surprised if the XP product line expected the PC to have a live internet connection for registration purposes and if not, to require you to call MS and register manually. The idea being to prevent you from installing the software on more than one machine.

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No Credit Required

by Dubya Dubya In reply to XP Virtues and Vindictive ...

I'm currently using Windows XP Beta 2, which has the activation "feature" that is causing all the ruckus. Basically it goes out onto the internet and registers your machine with Microsoft (it creates a unique number by combining your XP serial # and the serial #'s of some system hardware). No credit card information is asked for during the process. You have 14 days to activate XP before it stops working. If you don't have an Internet connection, you can activate it by calling Microsoft, butthe Internet way is definitely more convenient. With a single XP license, you can install the product on two different machines with no problem (they say that's so you can install it on a workstation and a laptop). Where it gets to be a pain is when you retire an old machine and want to install XP on a new one. You'll have to contact Microsoft to get a new activation code to allow you to install it on the new machine. Large enterprises will get activation codes that can be reused.
I think that a "pay as you go" system will be coming down the line one day, but Windows and Office XP still have the old perpetual licenses for now.

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You are Right

by valakan In reply to XP Virtues and Vindictive ...

I read in Time magazine that unless you call Microsoft for a registration code (I think you will also be able to do it thru the web) Office XP will not function. This is supposed to be an anti piracy feature. However it was also noted that you had to call either every 6 months or every year to get a new code.

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