Sorry Hotline, BitTorrent and Limewire users… Microsoft upcoming operating system called Windows Vista will include technology that is designed to prevent pirated copies from fully functioning.
Reduced functionality is already a part of the Windows XP activation process, but Windows Vista will have a reduced functionality mode that is enhanced, Microsoft said on its website on Wednesday.
Microsoft said the upcoming releases of Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” will be the first two products to ship with the new anti-piracy measures. But more Microsoft products will eventually adopt the technology.
Windows Vista must be activated as genuine within 30 days through Microsoft. If activation is not done, the system will enter “reduced functionality mode” until validation is successful.
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