Vista piracy rate is half of that of XP: reaction

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Microsoft said Monday that it’s seeing piracy rates for Windows Vista that are half those of Windows XP. 

Now cynical me wanted to write this up as “even pirates prefer XP two to one over Vista,” but that wouldn’t be fair. In reality, the decline in piracy rates is largely due to the fact that Vista is much tougher to fake than XP.

“Piracy rates are lower because it’s harder,” Microsoft Vice President Mike Sievert said in an interview Monday.

There are a variety of reasons for that, including the fact that businesses no longer have volume license keys that can be used to activate an unlimited number of machines. Another is the fact that Vista machines that aren’t properly activated pretty quickly become basically unusable once they enter “reduced functionality mode.”

For Microsoft, the gains have been significant. In its last earnings call, Microsoft said that five percentage points of Windows growth could be attributed to gains in piracy.

Interestingly, though, Microsoft makes the experience a little less harsh for those running pirated versions of Vista. With Service Pack 1, Microsoft is doing away with reduced functionality mode in favor of putting prominent notifications on systems that are not found to be genuine.

Non-genuine systems with SP1 will display a warning at start-up that the system is not properly activated. Users will have the option to “activate now” or “activate later,” though the second option won’t show up for a time. Users will also have their desktop background changed to white and a prominent notification placed in the lower right hand corner saying that the machine is not genuine. (source: click to read more)

Well, basically, I disagree with this assessment. I haven’t heard from any of my online friends, or my ‘real life’ friends that they preffered Vista over XP. In fact, everyone that I’ve heard from that’s tried it, has gone back to XP. I know for a fact that there are many versions available for download that are working. Our good friend Google can sniff out such examples. Don’t believe me?….hehehe…here’s one released almost a month ago: Microsoft.Windows.Vista.Service.Pack.1.x86.Build.6001.17042.DVD-BetaInsiders. My opinion is that people DO preffer XP over Vista. The more people know about computers, the more they’d be apt to want XP over Vista. Everyone knows that Vista is a resource hog.  Plus, once Service Pack 3 is released, XP will reportedly run even more efficiently. So, who still wants Vista?

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  1. DJ WHIPS December 15th, 2007 7:05 pm

    I use Vista and like it…true it does use a more then fair share of space…OH this doesn’t mean i didn’t like xp because I do but I’m just trying the new…

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