Vista's Hidden Guardian Dispatched - Update

Update:
Microsoft has confirmed this story originated from a reporter who "received inaccurate information".

Original Story:
"Good afternoon, as of this week, Microsoft has activated a function in Vista called 'Reduced Functionality.'", said an email sent from Microsoft to major Windows Vista distributers.

The email, titled " Pirated Vista -- A darkness descends!" continues to describe what Microsoft means by Reduced Functionality:
"This is a specific function in Vista that effectively disables nongenuine 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
No desktop

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."

The email also contained an advertisement directed to retailers. Titled "Don't let this happen to your customers", the advertisement states at some point that " The blocking of nongenuine product keys is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. To help protect honest partners and fight piracy, Microsoft will continue to block product keys that are determined to be pirated, stolen or otherwise deemed nongenuine."

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Vista's Hidden Guardian Dispatched - Update

100% Fact. Another fact is that by having a firewall, not going to any windows sites, and not doing live updates means that MS may never determine who has fake and who does not. Further more OEM copies can be distibuted up to a packet limit......that leaves allot of possible key number for people to use.....Solution? Nope. Just pokeing a dormant bear with a rusty spoon really.

Vista's Hidden Guardian Dispatched - Update

Reduced functionality is real and only hurts those who are breaking laws so it is an illegal act that slips under the radar of law. You can't cry out that Microsoft is INVADING your home because you shouldn't care about it unless you are doing something illegal. This is THE DRUG WAR all over again.

Vista's Hidden Guardian Dispatched - Update

heh, fake all the way I'm guessing,And screw you who are dissing Vista. Let's have a start-up race.Vista login = 2mins, fully loaded.XP = 5~10min? Have fun with that.And the people with Linux, you lame cheapo script kiddies. Spend $100, stop being lame. I don't mind if you get XP or even '95, as long as you don't use that free s**t.

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