Saturday, December 29th 2007

Microsoft to Ease XP Activation with SP3

Microsoft Corp. will change how users activate Windows XP when Service Pack 3 launches in the first half of 2008, a company white paper said. New installations of Windows XP SP3 will give users the same 30-day grace period currently offered to Windows Vista customers before they're required to enter a product activation key, the 25-character code that proves the copy is legitimate. "As in Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Windows Vista, users can now complete operating system installation without providing a product key during a full, integrated installation of Windows XP SP3," the Microsoft paper stated. "The operating system will prompt the user for a product key later as part of Genuine Advantage." With earlier editions of Windows XP, users must enter the activation key during the installation process itself; failing to do so, or using an invalid key, would result in the installation being blocked. The white paper, however, noted that the change does not apply to existing Windows XP installations upgraded to SP3. Those copies, which have presumably passed the activation stage previously, will not request the key again, Microsoft said.Source: Computerworld
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16 Comments on Microsoft to Ease XP Activation with SP3

#1
wazzledoozle
Another step towards windows becoming free.
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#2
JC316
Knows what makes you tick
Yeah, that will ever happen. Unless a linux comes out with the compatibility of Windows, I don't think it will ever happen.
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#3
rick22
by: JC316
Yeah, that will ever happen. Unless a linux comes out with the compatibility of Windows, I don't think it will ever happen.
I wish linux would..i would love to say good bye to window....:nutkick:
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
You already can run simple Windows applications on Linux using either the free WINE or paid Crossover Office (For complete compatibility with MS Office).

I tried running Half Life on Linux using WINE by choosing Software as its renderer. It worked with some atrifacts and mis-colourarion. You'd need GLX for that anyway.
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#5
xfire
Dx-9 can be installed on linux.
Still Bungie should now become a linux gaming studio:roll:
I think steam has linux version also.
UT,Doom and torc are some good games for linux(it think even CS is there)
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
No, Steam doesn't, it only has Linux compatible Dedicated server software, no games. UT needs no emulation layers, it has its own Linux executables. Doom and Torcs are long-lost inter-platform ports.
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#7
xfire
Dx-9 works under wine.I still havent tried it but my friend has and he says its better to stick to windows for gaming. Linux does get messy at times but still for stability its always linux.
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#8
TheGuruStud
I heard about a linux version being wrote from the ground up to be compatible with M$ crap, but idk if that'll ever come to fruition. (and it wasn't Lindows rofl)
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#9
xubidoo
i belive most if not all ID software games have linux versions

Quake2,Quake3,Quake4,Doom3,RTCW etc

not sure about the new ET:QW but if not it will probably appear sooner or later.
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#10
eidairaman1
i hope we can slipstream this into SP2 versions of XP so we can utilize the install process.
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#11
TheGuruStud
by: eidairaman1
i hope we can slipstream this into SP2 versions of XP so we can utilize the install process.
has already been done for several weeks now
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#12
B1gg3stN00b
Is it true that service pack 3 will be faster?

...Or will service pack 3 just use up more of my comp's resources and be buggy and ruin everything like Service Pack 2 did the first 4 times I tried installing it?

*enjoys Linux*
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#13
eidairaman1
your problem seems to quell from not installing on a Fresh OS, its better to install on fresh os or better yet slipstream the SPs into the OS.
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#14
B1gg3stN00b
But still, will it increase performance or just add unnecessary crap to my OS?
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#15
ShadowFold
by: B1gg3stN00b
But still, will it increase performance or just add unnecessary crap to my OS?
So far it did nothing to mine. No performance increase. No bloatware. Nothing... I am very disapointed. So I got Vista Basic :roll:
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#16
wazzledoozle
SP3 is just a hotfix roundup. Nothing new being added, besides the new install process.

SP2 + All current patches is the same as XP SP3.
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