Microsoft Kills Off Vista Anti-Piracy Kill Switch

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For the purposes of combating Windows counterfeiting, Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program has been checking copies of Vista and locking up any systems it deems to be fakes. Turns out that the kill switch has been killing off legit copies of Vista, too. Does Microsoft fix the tool? Nope, instead, as part of Service Pack 1, the kill switch will go away, replaced by a less resolute nag switch. MS VP Mike Sievert describes what happens when a pirate encounters the tool:

"They won't lose access to functionality or features, but it will be very clear to them that their copy of Window Vista is not genuine and they need to take action."


So, to quote Robin Williams, "Stop, or I'll say 'Stop' again!" [BBC News]



@TheDismalScience: Just look at every VW Microbus you see that has a grateful dead sticker, every Dave Matthews Band or Phish fan or for that matter, any fan of any band who encourages taping and tape trading of their live performances. They could easily sell high-quality recordings of the shows (bands like Pearl Jam did) and make money, but they make more off of the merch anyway, and by letting people tape their shows it makes more of a buzz and builds a better, more loyal fanbase.