If it wasn't ...
A) easy to pirate
B) full of bugs
Then I would shed a tear for Microsoft, and I'm a bloody Microsoft techie
Microsoft has its sights trained on another bunch of Chinese software pirates, this time pitting its formidable resources against nine resellers it said installed illegal copies of Windows onto PCs they sold. Redmond said it started proceedings against the resellers in seven cities across the People’s Republic including …
I did wonder that but I'm guessing that either these were machines sold with a different OS or they were sold with Windows home and the pirates (aaaarrr) were installing pro or ultimate on them before sale.
I know HP make models with linux or some form of DOS installed for certain markets.
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Remeber guys, its stupidly broad....
Install a new copy of windows from a disk that didnt come with the machine (same version et al) on a machine with a COA - You're a pirate
Refuse to make the customer pay £70 for a Win7 CD because their recovery partition is toast and they didnt make the DVD - You're a pirate
Wipe and reinstall a machine you are reconditioning from a generic disk (COA present) - You're a Pirate
Last weeks ruling regrading seeling software shoud really help this but I'm fed up to my back teeth having to tell customers to pony up the Microsoft tax or pay up because their hard drive died.
Anon fo obvious reasons, we dont always play by M$'s rules.
Yup, I second that. My OEM copy of XP went through many, many hardware changes, to the extent that I'm pretty sure that not a single component remained of what it had originally crawled into life on by the end.
There are those who say that this is impossible. MS say; "Press 1 for yesIonlyhavethisinstalledononePC", before their automated system reads out the fix key, on the odd occasion when the "three strikes" hardware detection reared its head. I rather missed the personal touch of having an actual someone ask that question when they automated it........
with all government departments forced to use copyrighted software by the end of the year.
Surely the probelm was that they already were using copyrighted software, but with not having paid the licence to do so.
And, of course, there is a lot of copyrighted software that does not require you to pay for a licence.
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