Microsoft’s plan to end windows XP activation via the internet caused some confusion to users. In response to the article first reported here last week, Alex Kochis, Senior License Compliance Manager at Microsoft Corp. sent me the following clarifications of the Windows XP Product Activation changes and how it will affect end users.
- Users of genuine Windows will experience no impact
- The intent is to dissuade the theft or misuse of the Certificate of Authenticity or accompanying product key
- Honest resellers have requested that Microsoft close this loophole so that they can compete effectively and they are extremely supportive of this effort
On Monday, Microsoft disabled Internet activation for all Microsoft Windows XP product keys located on COA labels that are adhered to PCs from large, OEMs who have direct licensing agreements with Microsoft. Directly licensed OEMs are authorized by Microsoft to customize their branded re-installation and recovery media so that if installed on the hardware it shipped with the Windows XP operating system will not require end-user activation.
Internet based product activation will remain available to all customers using products that require product activation today. The only attempts at activation that will be rejected are those using product keys that were pre-activated for the hardware they shipped with by OEMs on behalf of customers.
The intent is to dissuade the theft and misuse of COAs, and therefore, protect customers from counterfeiters and pirates. Honest resellers have also requested that Microsoft close this loophole so that they can compete effectively and are extremely supportive of this effort.