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 Web site on Wednesday.
Microsoft said the upcoming releases of Windows Vista and also Windows Server “Longhorn” will be the first two products to ship with the new anti-piracy measures included, but more Microsoft products will eventually adopt the technology.
Windows Vista systems must activate with Microsoft as genuine within 30 days and failure to do so will result in “reduced functionality mode” until successful validation occurs.
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