Feeds

Woundup How WinXP product activation will work

Maybe...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

According to an e-mail I recently received from a Microsoft spokeswoman, the new Windows Product Activation feature in Windows XP is still in full effect. How this will work is still unknown, but Ars Technica has a write-up of what we might expect. Ars itself qualifies the piece heavily, as there's no way of knowing yet if this is really how it's going to work. But it might be.

As mentioned here numerous times, the customer who buys Windows XP will need to activate it through the Internet or a phone system. Most likely, the majority of XP users will already have the Internet, making the activation process much easier, although the phone system should all be automated and will not interfere with Microsoft Support (Not a lot of chance of doing noticeable damage there, eh? - Ed).

Ars sums it up pretty well: "When contacting Microsoft, you will provide that Product ID code and a "hardware code" generated by WPA. Taking these two numbers, Microsoft will then issue you another ID, and it's this ID that will activate Windows. According to several sources, the final ID and your country name are all that are required to activate Windows." This was confirmed to The Register by Microsoft some weeks back, and one of the things worth noting about the XP beta install process is the way it flags 'no invasion of privacy.' Microsoft is sensitive about this.

What about users who like to install Windows on the four computers they have at home? This stops, basically, so do they buy the extra licences or join the warez world? Jury out.

And a follow-up to the "Chi-Ro" stuff. These are the Greek versions of XP, as used on the banners of early Christian Emperor Constantine. They are also, as numerous readers have pointed out, pronounced approximately "Cairo," which was the MS all-singing all-dancing new look that didn't actually ship, way back. So Microsoft product name designators, far from being superficial marketing-centric airheads, speak Greek, know some ancient history, and are aware in considerable detail of the history of This Great Company they work for.

Nah, we don't believe that either. Coincidence, must be...

Any tips, queries? Send them to Luis at The Register. ®

This week's Windows Roundups

WinXP beta 2 slips, but ship date won't

All our Windows roundups are archived here

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.