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Windows Genuine Activation

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Moosh, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. Moosh

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    -- rant mode on

    What a crock of :censored:! I've just tried to download somthing from the Microsoft website and so loaded up IE because it had to install an ActiveX component. The component installed OK and then wanted to check my copy of XP to make sure it was legit (which it is). It came back with a message saying that I need to activate my copy of Windows!

    You :censored: what?! It IS activated and has been for month! :censored::censored::censored::censored:! :mad:

    -- rant mode off

    And calm! :rotfl:
     
  2. Nick_UK

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    Apparently there's been a lot of trouble with this, because unscrupulous people have been using "key generators" to generate keys to activate Windows, and Microsoft have been registering these generated keys. Then when the real owner of the key tries to register it, it's flagged as "pirated", because it has been registered already. Upsetting 1000's of customers, just to make 20% more profit - that's the Microsoft way !
     
  3. HMHB

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    I'm sure if you give them a call they will sort it out for you :)
    But I do understand how frustrating this kind of thing is !!
     
  4. Moosh

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    Nick_UK: Normally I'm an advocate of Microsoft software (simply because they pay my wages) - no I don't work for them but I use their technologies to get paid! But when they introduced activation, I thought this is going to be more trouble than it's worth and now with WGA! I just don't like being treated like a criminal when I have done nothing wrong! Eek!!

    JohnG: I agree. I'm sure they would but the last time I called the call centre in India to activate my copy of XP the bloke cut me off half way through reading me the activation code! :eek: I wasn't too successful at guessing the remaining 25 characters! :rotfl:
     
  5. overkill

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    I must admit whenever I've activated windows by phone its always been a fully automated process! Is yours a corporate licence then?
     
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    It's these little things that endears Microsoft to its customers :rotfl:

    How many other companies could call you a thief and get away with it ? Now, where's that Linux CD ? :devil: :rolleyes:
     
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    You don't need to use the 'hack', just disable the plug-in, if already installed, by going into Tools>Internet Options>Programs>Manage Add-Ons and disable the WGA Plug-in. My copy is legit and I was prevented too.
     
  9. Moosh

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    Nope, not a corporate licence. I've had to rebuild this machine a few times and eventually the online check told me to call an 0800 number. But if you change a certain amount of hardware within the computer then you have to reactivate too.
     
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    I just use my multi-licensing key. Requires no activation and is always legal.
     
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    i've had that happen a few times and it's getting beyond a joke.

    Just came here from the 'missing license key' thread as I thought I was the only person being called a crook by MS.

    I have to say I haven't ever been an anti MS person until now. So this must be doing their PR the world of good.
     
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    Is one cheaper than buying two more OEM copies of what I already own :mad:
     
  13. The Dude

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    In fairness to MS, when there are people openly Ebaying licensed software that has (obviously) been installed already, and people bragging all over the web about using keygenerators to bypass windows licensing, can you really blame them?

    <rant>

    Its not MS you should be ****** off with, it's all the skanky little cheapskates who install Windows for free... then go on PC forums slagging off Microsoft ( and I don't mean anybody here, but IME they're usually one and the same :rolleyes )

    I dont work for MS either, I just f'ing hate SW thieves, and they ARE THIEVES...

    we all have to bear the brunt for their light fingered ways, they're no better than TWOCers in my honest opinion.. if you can't afford MCE2005 etc, then you can't have it... doesn't justify stealing it from some rich bloke called Bill.

    Know somebody using an illegal copy of Windows? shop them, for all of our sakes... this is only gonna get worse and worse otherwise.... :lesson:

    </rant>

    :D
     
  14. meansizzler

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    So I take it your not one of them thieves who steals music off the internet eg, with peer 2 peer/limeware, here is a fact nearly every teenager who knows how to use a computer and has access to the internet steals music off the internet, but what about them, no one does anything to them yet they go after the software/video game pirates, unbelievable, I myself buy music off Napster, quality service, quality music and at a competetive price..
     
  15. The Dude

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    nah.. I get all mine at Virgin and Andys.... downloaded stuff is always poo(r) quality... :D
     
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    Microsoft are only looking after their own interests, which is understandable....

    What I don't get is why they don't use their resources to ban these key gen sites

    Although I do think this may be a hint for the next windows; Vista. From the off it will make it clear; register the product key or no security downloads...they may go further and say you can't do this and this till you register
     
  17. The Dude

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    I've got a sneaky feeling that either Vista, or certainly the next one, will be an online only installation..... Windows update is already clever enough to handle the donkey-work...

    1 Insert credit card no. here:
    2 Click on 'download' to begin the installation process..

    :eek:
     
  18. Steven

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    ^^^^ no way I think. Yes internet (shopping) is growing, but Microsoft won't force people into an online only purchase. Bill Gates knows how he got rich, and he has the business acumen to stay that way
     
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    I've had no problems with it...
     
  20. The Dude

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    He's got such a big chunk of the market though... I think he'd get away with it..? look how much MS stuff we download as extras already...

    I hope you're right and I'm wrong, but unless they nail the piracy thing soonish I think his hand may effectively be forced...
     
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    I can't believe that Vista will be download only - it's best to install Windows onto a fresh disc and it's hard to install online when you can't connect to the internet without an OS to start with.

    Along similar lines, OEM branding isn't really possible without startup discs. I think we could be looking at rollout over a LAN for businesses though. :)
     
  22. The Dude

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    what are we all doing talking about windows licensing in the general chat forum??? :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    MODS: please save us from our sad lonely lives.....:suicide: :suicide: :suicide: :suicide: :suicide: :suicide:
     
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    So how long do you think Bill's fingernails are ? :D
     

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