Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

Microsoft and Vista Antics

Only two weeks ago, MS had server problems which screwed up the Vista registration process. This locked out legitimate users and caused all sorts of problems. This is part of the (mis)named "Windows Genuine Advantage" program.

Now there's another interesting wrinkle. Vista is, of course, highly pirated. But all installations check in with MS through this WGA program in order to determine if it's legitimate. Up until now, there haven't been much in the way of consequences.

A memo sent out recently indicates that MS will enable anti-piracy features for unlicensed installs, rendering the computer unusable after an hour and requiring a reboot. (As an admittedly cheap jab, one could argue Vista does this already.)

What will happen when those pirated copies go dark? What will happen the next time WGA gets bollixed and legitimate installs get downed? Or is this all (as I suspect) a bluff and MS won't really pull the trigger on it? Fun times!

  • Zootopia

    I got a chance to see Zootopia with my family this past weekend. [No spoilers below, don’t worry.] This is a movie that I’ve been looking forward to…

  • FC 2016

    Kit and I flew down to FC. The flight was an inauspicious start to the trip... SF was stacked up due to weather. We actually took off at 11:15…

  • NaNoWriMo 2015 - Won!

    I started my next novel manuscript during this past month. I used the momentum of NaNoWriMo to get things jumpstarted. I did not expect to reach…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened