Yes. They will.
Microsoft has become more agressive about activation since they first started doing that with the first release of XP. The hackers broke the Whistler beta (prerelease of XP) even before XP came out. They were getting file updates even up to SP1.
Microsoft fixed that with SP1. They were pretty pissed about that happening. Or so they thought.
When SP2 came out for XP, Microsoft deployed a thing called "Windows Genuine Advantage", which was a required program to download when you attempted to visit the Windows Update Website. Within 24 hours, "somebody" figured out a way to bust it, and the funny thing was that Microsoft incorporated the tools themselves to bust it!
MS is pretty serious about this. Right now overseas MS is marketing " a more affordable XP" to discourage piracy. Not everybody has a $100 to throw away on an OS. And when you can get Linux for free.
The day Microsoft open sources their software would be like the day Keith Richards goes sober. To protect their empire they have to do everything they can to protect their product. Just like the spyware people finding every loophole in every update of IE that always promises "more security" the hackers will find a way to bust everything Microsoft throws at them, whatever they may call it. The legitamate consumer gets stuck with a bloated product, and the hackers just find another way around it. I site the "new improved IE7" The 180search engine people already embraced it!
And their answer is to get more aggresive about it.
Especially when they aren't having runaway sales anymore. 48 percent of large buisness users are still on 2000 server/2000Pro and still are balking at upgrading.
Microsofts answer to this? Cut off 2000 support!
Microsoft will get more aggressive about "Windows Activation" and "Genuine Advantage" when Vista comes out. I know this as a fact. This is the way they play.
Edited by g52ultra, 26 August 2005 - 12:21 AM.