Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) isnt the only Microsoft anti-piracy scheme that might raise the hackles of future Vista customers. Volume Activation 2.0 is worrying some Vista testers whove had a chance to dabble with early versions of that technology.
Potential false positives – Microsoft labeling legitimate copies of Windows as "pirated" — akin to those which have been documented in WGA by Windows expert Ed Bott and others, are just one problem business users are anticipating with Volume Activation 2.0. Increased costs resulting from the management of Volume Activation systems is another, they say.
For those whove yet to hear about it, Volume Activation is a new digital-license activation technology aimed at businesses. Its part of the larger "Software Protection Platform" that Microsoft is constructing to combat piracy. In short, Microsoft is not going to allow enterprises to operate on an honor system, when it comes to proving how many copies of Windows theyve paid to license. Just like it does with individual Windows users, Microsoft is going to start requiring companies to authenticate their new versions of Windows within 30 days of installing.
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