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Microsoft: Vista piracy rate is half that of XP

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Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 23:26
Author: Blocked
Microsoft said Monday that it's seeing piracy rates for Windows Vista that are half those of Windows XP.

Now cynical me wanted to write this up as "even pirates prefer XP two to one over Vista," but that wouldn't be fair. In reality, the decline in piracy rates is largely due to the fact that Vista is much tougher to fake than XP.

"Piracy rates are lower because it's harder," Microsoft Vice President Mike Sievert said in an interview Monday.

There are a variety of reasons for that, including the fact that businesses no longer have volume license keys that can be used to activate an unlimited number of machines. Another is the fact that Vista machines that aren't properly activated pretty quickly become basically unusable once they enter "reduced functionality mode."

For Microsoft, the gains have been significant. In its last earnings call, Microsoft said that five percentage points of Windows growth could be attributed to gains in piracy.

Interestingly, though, Microsoft makes the experience a little less harsh for those running pirated versions of Vista. With Service Pack 1, Microsoft is doing away with reduced functionality mode in favor of putting prominent notifications on systems that are not found to be genuine.

Non-genuine systems with SP1 will display a warning at start-up that the system is not properly activated. Users will have the option to "activate now" or "activate later," though the second option won't show up for a time. Users will also have their desktop background changed to white and a prominent notification placed in the lower right hand corner saying that the machine is not genuine.

Still, in a significant change, those with non-genuine or non-activated copies of Vista will still be able to use their systems. Sievert said the change is designed to minimize the impact on customers who might unwittingly have gotten an illegitimate copy of Vista while still discouraging piracy.

"People won't want this experience," he said. "At the same time it will be broadly interpreted as being more fair."

Still, I wonder if the move won't cause Vista piracy rates to trend back up. I would think there are people who will deal with a copy of Vista they don't pay for but that has a big ugly notification on it. With the current Vista, they don't even have that option.

Also with SP1, Microsoft is closing two key loopholes that pirates have used to evade Microsoft's security measures. One involves mimicking the process used by large computer makers to preactivate their Vista machines, while the other extends the grace period that customers have to activate their machine, in some cases extending it for decades. It's not the first time that Microsoft has moved to close holes in its activation process. A year ago, the company changed Vista to disable a hack known as "Frankenbuild" that merged elements of the final Vista with a prerelease version.

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Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 00:27
Sounds cool... but again Microsoft will release SP1 to Vista, and the packers will have packed a fully activated version with SP1 within days if not hours.

8) 8) 8)

Im back to using WindowsXP SP2 waiting for the SP3 update.

SP= Service Pack (fixes glitches, loopholes and adds aditional functuality), and also may incorporate user feedback such as GUI (General User Interface) changes.

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Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 05:41
Author: Blocked
same here im using WindowsXP SP2 waiting for the SP3 update 8)
magiccrack avatar
Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 06:12
I was reading a review that was posted in the forum either by lesles or yourself, it says that vista is much harder to copyright protect with software mechanisms, I think we heard this for Windows 2000 / ME and XP SP1 and XP SP2.

:P :P :x :P :P :P :x :P :P :P :x :P :P :P :oops: :oops: 8) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 06:24
Author: Blocked
but does Microsoft really think noone will crack it? rofl rofl rofl ofc it will be crack doooooh :() 8)
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Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 06:25
aye... bad crack for microsoft 8) 8)
magiccrack avatar
Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 06:29
Take away OEM Licensing agreements and microsoft would be nothing.

They rope OEMs into selling bundled packages at low prices - wonder if microsoft also have a say in how much PC's are sold for individually.

Many folk out there don't know about Windows Rivals, such as Linux and much others, Windows is based on software from back in 1980's.

Some newer operating systems are cracking but (like supermarket chains) you get the bullies.

I know too much about a lot of stuff :P :P :P :P

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