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Using Vista is like walking on thin ice … Vista's EULA product activation worries

November 23rd, 2006

“…Once you activate the product, then you would assume that you are golden to go ahead and use the product, right? Wrong.

You see, even after you activate the software it will, according to
the EULA, “from time to time validate the software, update or require
download of the validation feature of the software”. It will once again
“send information about the…version and product key of the software,
and the internet protocol address of the device”.

Here’s where it gets hairy again. If for some reason the software
“phones home” back to Redmond, Washington, and gets or gives the wrong
answer – irrespective of the reason – it will automatically disable
itself. That’s like saying definitively, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I
can’t do that…”

… So basically add some regular activation annoyances to your almost weekly Windows security updates to keep you from working on the PC!
Read more here … Vista’s EULA product activation worries | The Register

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  1. November 23rd, 2006 at 04:33 | #1

    and who is surprised by this?
    I’ve decided my next box I get will be from Apple.
    Don’t worry though, I’m sure someone is working on a Vista ‘upgrade’ as we speak to disable that HAL’ish functionality.

  2. TJ Downes
    November 23rd, 2006 at 06:16 | #2

    if you properly license your software and don’t share your software key you wont have much to worry about.

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