Microsoft to Modify Windows XP Product-Activation Policy
UPDATED: As part of its anti-piracy campaign, Microsoft will be tweaking its new-user registration procedures as of next week.Microsoft is continuing its crack-down on Windows pirates, and is modifying its product-activation policies to do so. Product activation, which Microsoft first introduced with Windows XP in 2001, is Microsofts way of requiring new Windows users to authenticate their copies of Windows. Microsoft has required users not covered by volume-license agreements to register their XP copies via the Internet or phone using their unique product keys. As of next week, however, Microsoft plans to curtail the number of users relying on the Web to activate their copies of XP.
As of February 28, Microsoft will disable Internet activation for all Windows XP product keys located on Certificates of Authenticity (COA) labels that are distributed by the 20 top worldwide PC vendors. Microsoft will be relying on these PC makers to do the activation for users.