MS cunning plan makes people register

Use it 50 times without and you're dead

Microsoft is building anti-piracy software into Windows 2000, so forcing people to register their software it they want it to work, it has emerged. Beta testers of Win2000 are vociferously crying foul at Microsoft for the feature. According to reports in an online newsletter, the Registration Wizard feature in NT 5.0 could be extended to all software products the software giant produces. One member of the forum said: "I predict that Microsoft will use this anti-piracy technique with all its products." He and others are complaining that the Wizard will let you launch the software 50 times and that's it. Unless you've registered the product, the CD ROM will never work again. ®

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