Vista Update Fingers Activation Cracks

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Microsoft has announced an update available to consumers next week which will detect two cracks commonly used to activate pirated copies of the operating system. One of the cracks refered to as Grace Timer, extended...

OneCare Activation Explained

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Our customers have a lot of questions about OneCare activation and want to know exactly what it is all about. We commonly hear feedback from customers who say that activation is only for the...

Vista Activation Cracked By Brute Force

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Thanks to voidunknown for submitting this to the Front Page. It appears that Keznews forum member Computer User has discovered a method that effectively obtains a Windows Vista key which can then be activated. The...

Changes in Windows XP Product Activation

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On February 28, Microsoft® will disable Internet activation for all Microsoft Windows® XP product keys located on the Certificates of Authenticity (COA) labels distributed by large, multinational OEMs. Direct OEMs of Microsoft (large...

Adobe adopts product activation

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Adobe Systems Inc. has completed tests on product activation, and plans to roll out the technology soon. Microsoft quietly introduced product activation — a method of registering software so that it cannot be installed on...

Inside Internet-based Windows Product Activation

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A while ago the telephone-based product activation process of Windows XP was independently analyzed by tecCHANNELSince then the information that is revealed by the installation ID, which users are required to supply to Microsoft during...

Microsoft Windows Activation Servers Down

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It shall be a fun weekend at Redmond! Nick Roberts has emailed us saying, "Microsoft Windows Activation servers have been down all day. A call to the activation number is no help either....

IMHO: Microsoft Activation is Broken

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"I'm an optimistic sort of person. You need to know this before you read on. I tend to be very forgiving of weird tech issues, and others in my circle have noticed that most hardware...

Keygen Beats Windows Product Activation

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UPDATED "All IP protection technologies will be cracked at some point; it's just a matter of time," Allen Nieman, Product Manager of Activation at Microsoft, told BetaNews in an interview last May. But this week...

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