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  • Vista's licensing woes

    http://www.techweb.com/wire/software/193300234

    In other words, once a retail copy of Vista is installed on a PC, it can be moved to another system only once.
    "You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system," the legal language reads. Vista Ultimate and Vista Business, however, can be installed within a VM.

    "If after a validation check, the software is found not to be properly licensed, the functionality of the software may be affected."
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=156

    http://www.windows-now.com/blogs/rob...g-Changes.aspx - what's interesting there is that you can't copy ISO's to your hard drive on Home Basic and Home Premium. That really doesn't make sense to me. As I read the Slashdot article where this was linked, it doesn't seem accurate.

    But, the big kicker is the quote about transferring the license just once. That's gunna be a killer for geeks.
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  • #2
    Re: Vista's licensing woes

    You could link it to a floppy, couldn't you? That things can last for years, and if it breaks, just use CDs or ZIP drives... just an easier idea :)


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    • #3
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      Wow, they are going to make crackers out of all of us. Mehhh It's not like they haven't already.

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      • #4
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        The less freedom they give to the users, the more the users will have to seek "alternative" means. Which in turn, created a higher desire for pirated/hacked OS, and hence the incentive for teams of international hackers to hack it.

        If I only have to buy their OS once and I can freely installed on all my machines, there is really no incentive for me too seek "alternatives" and they will also create a larger "legit" install base of their OS and a larger need of any software related to that OS.

        Looks like I will be using XP for a while. Especially when $199 can only get you a "crippled" "beta" version their "unhackable" OS.
        Last edited by RocketPunch; 10-13-2006, 02:17 PM.
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        • #5
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          Ill be very surprised if it's not cracked within the 1st week of release.

          Im with you RocketPunch - Im going to stick with XP at least until sp2 comes out for Vista and we see a drop in price. until it becomes an issue with Gaming & DX10 im not to concerned.
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          • #6
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            I usually rebuild both my computers at least once a year. This copy protection scheme certainly wont fit the profile for hardcore techies. I'll be sticking with XP for quite a while, regardless of all the gimmicks like Vista/DX10 only games.
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            • #7
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              Man this sucks. So I can swap out the mobo only once? The second time I do so I actually have to repurchase the operating system? Whaaa?

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              • #8
                Re: Vista's licensing woes

                Is this true?? memory upgrade + new video card and maybe other minor changes == new OS purchase?

                When will DX10 be ported to Linux?

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                • #9
                  Re: Vista's licensing woes

                  And people wonder why I use Linux...

                  Originally posted by marstein View Post
                  When will DX10 be ported to Linux?
                  Rofl
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                  • #10
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                    You couldn't just call them and say you had an hardware issue? (HDD carshed etc.. etc..) They hand out new keys over the phone like candy, I've never had a problem re-activating xp over the phone.

                    I don't plan on upgrading to vista immediately, but I suppose it'll be inevitable at some point.
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                    • #11
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                      Yeah guys - I can't help but think there's some over-reaction here. I remember when MS started requiring activation of their product, and part of activation was that Windows would send to Redmond a unique hash derived from hardware numbers (serial numbers or soemthing). Every board I read was talking about how it was the worst thing ever and you would only ever be able to install Windows once and would never be able to upgrade and so on and so forth.

                      While I can't offer any alternative (more positive) explanations of the "can be moved only once", I will say that the best option is likely to wait until Vista is released, and then read the reviews shortly thereafter which test that exact function.

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                        http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase..._licensing.asp
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                        • #13
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                          Whether our interpretations were right or now, MS has revised the terms.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Vista's licensing woes

                            Originally posted by perry View Post
                            Whether our interpretations were right or now, MS has revised the terms.
                            Very good news that is.
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