Windows 8 OEM Activation Requirements Changes to Curb Piracy

With RTM of Windows 8 announced and the leakathon continue, according to report, Microsoft is looking to close "loopholes" in the current activation requirements since its debut with WindowsXP -- in an effort to reduce piracy rates with the upcoming October 26 release of Windows 8.This new policy should tighten up a few loopholes that […]

Microsoft to change Windows 8 OEM Activation Policy

With RTM of Windows 8 announced and the leakathon continue, according to report, Microsoft is looking to close "loopholes" in the current activation requirements since its debut with WindowsXP -- in an effort to reduce piracy rates with the upcoming October 26 release of Windows 8.

This new policy should tighten up a few loopholes that pirates have been exploiting for a while now.

In particular Microsoft hopes to achieve this is by improving the OEM editions of Windows, making it significantly harder for pirates and rogue OEM's to avoid paying Redmond company for the OS. Now, instead of providing OEM's with a single activation key, Justin Kerr reports, starting with Windows 8, OEMs "will be required to write a unique Windows product key into the BIOS of each new machine shipped."

Additionally, OEM's will now also be forced to contact Microsoft to obtain their product keys directly from Microsoft electronically, and each machine will come with a "Genuine Microsoft" sticker affixed to the outside of the case to alert consumers of the mahcine's authenticity.

In the past, the machines were only to have a Certificate of Authenticity.

The "new requirements currenlty only applies to Windows 8 (and presumably Windows RT products as well)," Kerr adds. however if Windows 7 hangs around as long as Windows XP, the program could probably be expanded to other Microsoft's operating systems as well.

In all likelihood, legitimate users who buy a new computer and are unhappy with Windows 8's tablet interface may very well look into pirating older versions of the OS.