Microsoft Looking to Tighten Up Windows 8 Activation Requirements

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Device Unknown

All of this talk about Win 8 I have been trying to keep up with, yet, I have not tried it. I am on a 42" touch screen which I love, but using it constantly as a touch screen wears my shoulders out. I'll stick to my mouse and keyboard.
As far as the registration issue. Good luck with that MS. It will be bypassed like the rest of them were. Stop charging an arm and a leg for it and maybe less would pirate.

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plvick

MCE is MIA: Damn M$ for taking my TV away.

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plvick

I don't mind paying for it, especially for $40, but I would like to get it right now, legally. I suppose they think the Release Preview is sufficient, but it isn't.

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ShyLinuxGuy

I don't pirate, but who really would want to pirate Windows 8? I mean, curious minds may want to try it for the 30 days it allows you before mandatory activation, but past that? If you ask me, it's like putting an alarm system on a Yugo.

Windows 7 is my official last Microsoft OS that I will buy anyways. I am not liking Metro, excuse me--"Windows 8 Style UI" at all. It's not UI ergonomic.

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Erris

Maybe if they charged $25-$40 for a new OS disk, there would be way fewer pirates, hmm?
How come they can charge PC manufacturers as low as $10, but the regular person has to pay over $100 for the same thing?

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jonnyohio

Even $60 would be more fair...I pay $99 because the alternative is pirating it, but I'd like to see some price reductions if they are going to get more strict...if they made it more affordable people will buy it more and pirate it less.

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vgrig

"Pirates have been taking advantage of Microsoft’s generous nature for years now"

You know who took the most advantage of "Microsoft’s generous nature" - f^%$ng Microsoft! They will be nowhere in enterprise now if windows admins weren't available in great numbers. How do you think they now where to find a "Server Manager"?
To this day i'm the only sysadmin i know that learned on fully legal copy of Windows NT server.
For years MS intentionally made running unlicensed software easy, so every time their stupid activation system gets circumvented - i cheer.

Oh, and - "we have yet to hear of a single legitimate customer being turned away": defined turned away, Justin? Having to punch in sticker number at least once every six months doesn't count? What about that time windows update got it (very limited) wits crossed and dropped users into limited functionality activation mode? Doesn't count either?

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steve771

Win8 is something Microsucks craps out when they need money. An OS no one needs, just to generate money. Let 'em lock it down til the cows come home, I'll be sticking with Win7 for at least as long as I did WinXP (almost 10 years I think).

I swear they follow the Star Trek movie pattern of every other one sucking big time. Win8 is the coming of Vista all over again (which itself was begat by Windows Millenium... I know, I know, not directly).

As long as people gobble up this crapware, they will keep pushing it out.

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ultrapain

I couldn't agree less. The Wrath of Kahn was one of my favorite movies all time!!! :)

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bpstone

There are no benefits for me to purchase or install Windows 8.

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Hilarity

Name one thing that Win 8 can do for me. Will Libreoffice or Chrome run faster? Some boring speed tweaks as usual on top of a UI that is utter shit. First time I'm not upgrading to a new Win OS.

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gatorXXX

I'm going to buy it for my netbook as win 7 absolutley destroys its battery life. But as far as all my other machines....naw....I'll stick with win 7.

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xeones

lol at windows 8 haters

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DoctorX

rofl on windows 8 lovers

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Whats not to love?

Windows 8 is the BEST

I've never seen a better or highly refined spyware platform anywhere in the World (except for Windows 7 of course)

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Caboose

Can't you troll somewhere else? You're nothing but a troll with no evidence what so ever.

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livebriand

Whatever... I won't be buying that POS (with metro) anyway... Windows 7 FTW!

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strykyr

I'll buy it. Gotta learn it to support it. I'm 100% sure either my mother or my father in law will wind up with it in the next 2 years. Besides, for $40 how can you go wrong? Will i make it my primary OS? not hardly. I'll install it, learn it and then get rid of it.

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mattman059

The release candidate is still available on the Microsoft website, you can download that (free) and try it out in as a VM...that way you dont waste any money, and you can "learn" it

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noobstix

We all know how strict DRM can really make things worse than they should. Oh well, there's really nothing else besides the Metro UI (or whatever the hell they're gonna call it) that can further deter me from buying Windows 8. I made up my mind after seeing Metro(sexual) that I wasn't gonna get Windows 8.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Read the fine print

Maybe they can restrict non DRM copies of Windows by retiring the license of whatever you upgrade from so you can never go back to a working copy of Windows

Wouldn't that be great?

THINK OF THE PROFITS

Oh Dear God, won't SOMEBODY P L E A S E THINK OF THE PROFITS!!!!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Well, thank goodness somebody finally found a way to stop me from using Windows 8

Too bad nobody saw this coming and could warn us........about..........it............................................................................................................................................................................................................

sorry, deja vue

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AETAaAS

Does this mean individual end users can no longer buy OEM editions? If it does, that puts me off... I just want the plonking software, not all the excess packaging and paper; and cut the price while you're at it. :p

This combined with the article a while back about rumours of Microsoft killing off the retail version; are they trying to NOT sell this thing?

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rollergold

Ya I'm also wondering. If I can't buy a OEM copy of Win 8 in the future, looks like I might stock up on OEM copies of Win 7

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John Pombrio

Excellent question. With Win7, I could buy a OEM copy and activate a computer with the serial number included. When I upgraded or changed machines, a call to India (Heavy India accent) "Hello, my name is Harry, are you using this operating system on more than one computer? No, then what is your activation number?" and they would read off a new number. Never failed to work.
Will this still be the same with the new OEM scheme? Probably. But if an upgrade only costs $40, the cost of an OEM disk would likely be MORE.

What they ARE preventing is the clever idea of writing a boot script that identified the computer as a Dell laptop then using the Dell's blanket product key. That had to be tweaked a few times as MS tried to defeat it but I believe it still works.

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livebriand

No, I think enthusiasts are supposed to buy OEM now. Besides, most of us have been doing that anyway. :D

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raiseyohands

It won't matter because no one will be buying Windows 8 to begin with.

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SkavenUk

+1

What he said. It's only a matter of time before the protection is broken (i've not even looked, maybe it already is I suspect)

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