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“Good afternoon, as of this week, Microsoft has activated a function in Vista called ‘Reduced Functionality.’ This is a specific function in Vista that effectively disables non-genuine copies of Windows. Therefore anyone who has a pirated copy of Vista will experience:
A black screen after one hour of browsing
No start menu or task bar
Please communicate this antipiracy initiative from Microsoft to your resellers — note this function has only just been activated in Vista worldwide and therefore any issues with nongenuine versions will start to arise from now onward.”
So goes an email by a local Microsoft representative which makes it clear what Vista pirates can expect to happen to their unlicensed installations. Microsoft has just turned on Reduced Functionality mode worldwide, and also sent a letter to OEMs explaining the consequences of Vista piracy.
[ Via Computerworld ]