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Subject:

Re: Windows XP - Bad News for Builders

From:

Robert Racki <[log in to unmask]>

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PCBUILD - Personal Computer Hardware discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 18 Jul 2001 10:07:51 -0700

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I think that microsoft is a very good company and when
the final relase will be let out it will lay back a
little.  Could you tell me if this update runs every
30 days or how much it runs?  and could you tell us
some more information in this BSA you talk about or
how to get more info.

--- Michael Dana <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have been a beta tester of Whistler now XP both
> home and pro, have
> rebuild, changed MBs and Video cards three times and
> almost everything
> else at least one time. With all this going I have
> used the SAME hard
> drives from the beginning, never has XP had me call
> in for validating.
> Office XP did when I installed it on a dual boot to
> ME, but that took
> about a 3 min phone call. A bigger worry for me is
> this BSA (Business
> Software Alliance), my home city is now one of their
> target areas. They
> have been sending out form letters every week and
> have been on all talk
> shows, wanting everyone to come clean or $10,000
> plus fines. I am just a
> little home business.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: PCBUILD - Personal Computer Hardware
> discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Herbert Graf
> Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2001 12:05 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [PCBUILD] Windows XP - Bad News for
> Builders
>
> Actually the situation isn't QUITE as bad as you
> describe, but it is
> pretty
> bad.
> >
> > I read in the paper yesterday that Windows XP is
> going to be
> > hardware - licensed.  This means that when the XP
> is installed
> > on your computer, it makes a list of the hardware
> you have.
> > You must validate this license (over the net) with
> MS within
> > thirty days or the OS crashes and burns.  MS keeps
> a
> > copy of the hardware list.
>
>
>         Mickeysoft has been very careful with this.
> They say that the
> information
> sent to them pertaining to your hardware could never
> be traced back to
> the
> actual hardware you have. This has been confirmed by
> third parties.
>
> > If the hardware changes "significantly"  (???),
> then the XP
> > thinks it is on a new computer and does not work.
> So,
> > say you upgrade to a new mb and hd.  When you go
> to
> > re-validate, MS says "no, this is an illegal
> second copy," and
> > you need to buy a new copy of XP.  The details
> were not
> > spelled out - and, perhaps, will be kept secret.
>
>         Not at all, as long as you can prove to
> Mickeysoft that you
> don't actually
> have a different computer they will revalidate your
> computer. For the
> record
> Mickeysoft says that this sort of thing will only
> happen if 3 or more
> major
> items are changed. All in all this is an extreme
> threat to our rights,
> we
> have to call Mickeysoft every time we do a
> significant upgrade!?!?!?
>
> > This is bad news for PC Builders.  What if you
> change your
> > mb or upgrade your hard drive and video card.
> Will you then
> > have to buy a new copy of XP??  It looks that way.
>
>
>         No, you won't, IF you believe Mickeysoft.
>
> > This is MS's way of preventing the use of one
> licensed copy
> > on more than one computer.
>
>         You got it, Mickeysoft wants to tie the OS
> to the computer,
> meaning every
> time you do something to your computer you have to
> pay Mickeysoft more
> money, and this stuff is getting them pretty close
> to this goal.
>
> > Personally, if this article is true, I will not be
> buying XP until
> > I absolutely need it to run some piece of
> software.
>
>         I'll go one step further, I probably  will
> never buy WinXP,
> Linux is on
> it's way to being better in every way than Windows.
> And if the time
> every
> comes where I will buy WinXP I'll only do it if
> there is a crack to
> disable
> this garbage, it is none of Mickeysoft's business of
> who I am and what I
> do
> with my computer.  Just my opinion. TTYL
>
> PS. For good info on thie whole issue go to
> http://www.theregister.co.uk,
> it's a great site for getting info on things like
> this. TTYL
>
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