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Article Title: Microsoft Windows XP Launch: The eXPerience, or eXtra Painkillers Required for Baby Businesses? You Decide

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Microsoft Windows XP Launch: The eXPerience, or eXtra Painkillers Required for Baby Businesses? You Decide

Bull's eye on Windows XP Product Activation

By Joshua Feinberg, Editor of

Copyright (C) 2001, KISTech Communications Corporation


“Don’t let the slick marketing presentations fool you. All the Microsoft Windows XP controversy in the media over the former several weeks does appulse your baby bag computer abutment costs.”

July 16, 2001

Morganville, NJ

How abounding Microsoft marketing MBAs (oops, I beggarly “product managers”) does it booty to release Microsoft Windows XP?

Accord up?!? – One hundred

One to actualize all the sleep-inducing PowerPoint slideshows

One to click the mouse, advancing the canned slides during the demo

One to inscription the fairy-tale (sorry another slip, I beggarly “press release”)

And another 97 to generate the truckloads of achromatic papers that are supposed to brainwash you into believing that last year’s version of Microsoft Windows, you apperceive the one you aloof finished installing, stinks according to rotten eggs

If you’ve been closely following the “soap opera” that industry pundits consult to as the weeks leading up to the Microsoft Windows XP launch, you’re probably getting dizzy aloof trying to chase the abundant controversy and scandals. And that’s even ignoring the added closely followed statement of Microsoft’s antitrust ruling and the MSN Messenger outage. It’s almost a full-age action, aloof trying to accumulate up with the Jerry Springer-according to stagecraft surrounding the anticipated release of Microsoft Windows XP.

But before we action any further, and amuse any closer to Microsoft’s planned October 25th Windows XP release date, let’s booty a few minutes to regroup and attending at how some of these Windows XP issues will appulse your baby bag computer abutment costs. And for those of you fortunate enough to accept missed the current events as they were unfolding, accede this a abrupt rundown.

In this affair, we’ll attending at Windows XP Product Activation. Abutting age, I’ll abide to analyze how at least another half-dozen other related issues might appulse your baby bag computer abutment costs with Microsoft Windows XP.

Acute Tags – Microsoft Windows XP & IE 6

As discussed in our July 2nd affair of “Tips”, Mossberg Rattles Microsoft into Reversing Stance on Windows XP IE 6 Acute Tags (beam, Microsoft had planned on using its ruling marketplace share in the interlacing browser space to hijack interlacing traffic, via “Acute Tags”, to its own or preferred interlacing sites.

Microsoft Windows XP Product Activation

For age, most of us accept wisely ignored PC hardware and software vendors’ annoying Warranty or User Registration postcards. Regardless of whether we swept this administrative minutiae under the rug as we were apathetic, didn’t sense a compelling or austere risk, or aloof wanted to avoid getting hammered with “adapted offers” (marketing-speak for junk-mail), I don’t apperceive abounding who feared retaliation for refusing to turn over personal demographic data.


It’s a entire advanced adventure for Microsoft Windows XP. It seems that the soon-to-be-released operating system will literally action “on strike” and refuse to abide working if you don’t “activate” the product during the allowed grace period.

Early reports promise that ample corporate customers on enterprise site license agreements will be exempt, as able-bodied as bodies purchasing PCs from certain OEMs. What about the rest of us mere mortals in the baby bag apple?

Any more as a freelance writer, I’m one of the aboriginal to condemn both casual and planned software piracy. But Windows Product Activation is a draconian road of enforcing compliance. Here’s why.

What if Microsoft controlled ________? (fill in the blank)

Visualize the public outcry if this logic were applied in other situations.

What if, for archetype, a paroled felon, under abode arrest and being monitored by one of those “ankle bracelet” contraptions, fails to call in to their parole officer during a “configuration chicken feed” – such as moving from room to room, changing clothing, or bathing? Should the ankle bracket automatically inject the person with a heavy dose of tranquilizers that can alone be countered by “reactivation”?!?

What if you forget to return an overdue video rental on age? Should the videotape sitting in your VCR be able to disable your VCR until the rental is returned?

I can anticipate of alone one archetype where this logic applies — parking tickets. In abounding ample cities, if you accept a sizable amount of unpaid parking tickets, the police can immobilize your car with a “boot” until the summonses are paid.

So, we’re any more at the point where Microsoft’s adeptness over our daily lives rivals a above city’s police arm.

How does Windows Product Activation act on baby bag PC abutment costs?

So, how does Windows Product Activation appulse baby bag computer abutment costs?

Every age a above configuration chicken feed is fabricated to a PC, your internal guru or baby bag computer consultant will charge to call into Microsoft Sales and plead your position for getting an unlock code. So the Inside Sales Rep becomes the adjudicator, jury, and executioner.

And this entire action adds age (which of course means almighty dollar) onto any above installation and troubleshooting efforts surrounding Microsoft Windows XP.

Or aim B, if your adamantine drive rolls over due to mechanical failure, or your advanced PC adamantine drive aloof needs a routine “rebuild” to abide functioning at top levels, you can aloof hurl away the copy of Microsoft Windows XP that you already own and buy another!

Concerns over privacy abuse with Windows Product Activation

Again accede the privacy issues. When you initially activate Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft takes a “snapshot” of your hardware baseline configuration. Anticipate of it according to a fingerprint.

Posted privacy policies not withstanding, accomplish you really anticipate Microsoft won’t be tempted to “sell” or “barter” a list of millions of bodies who are activated for Windows XP, but accept a sub-optimal amount of RAM?

I apperceive if I were VP of marketing at a company according to Kingston Technology, I’d adulation to amuse my hands on that database.

What about bodies who activate Microsoft Windows XP with broadband Internet access and no personal firewall? Forgetting about hackers who would eat that stuff up alive, anticipate about the ISVs who sell personal firewall software. What a scandal that breach of privacy would be!

Note: Microsoft’s authorized statement on Windows XP Product Activation is located at

The Bottom Line

Microsoft Windows XP may action some features that after all lessen your baby bag computer abutment costs. However, don’t let the slick marketing presentations fool you. All the Windows XP controversy in the media over the former several weeks does appulse baby businesses.

In the last affair of “Tips”, we recapped how The Wall Street Statement’s award-winning Personal Technology columnist Walter Mossberg raised public awareness of the dangers of “Acute Tags” in Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. This week, we looked at Windows XP Product Activation and how Microsoft’s latest advance at combating software piracy means above headaches for baby bag internal gurus and computer consultants.

In the abutting installment of “Tips”, we’ll abide to bull's eye on the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP product launch and how assorted third affair statement stories accommodate a admired glimpse into what to expect from Microsoft Windows products going forward.

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