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Microsoft Disables Key in Anti-Piracy Move  - Microsoft Disables Key in Anti-Piracy Move
Mon, February 28 2005 | 3:55PM | PermaLink Feedback?
OEMs that include Microsoft Windows on their desktops will have to reconfigure their service operations to deal with the increased number of consumer calls that are expected in the wake of Microsoft' latest move to stem piracy of its products. Microsoft has disabled a product key that allowed OEMs to automatically activate Microsoft software. Now users will be required to call in and answer a series of questions to have the product activated. "This will be tough on the home users," says Panda Software CTO Patrick Hinojosa. Long gone are the days when users could pop in their friends' version of Windows 98 in order to avoid purchasing their own. Increasingly, Microsoft has been tightening the loopholes, hoping to stem the massive amount of piracy of its products. Last September, for example, it introduced a scheme to check the authenticity of a user's software for routine fixes and updates.
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