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Re: Microsoft Registration Wizard

The following provides insight into why critics of the Pentium III chip,
with its hardwired identifier, do not find acceptable the proposed Intel
solution of the default being not-implement.  As long as the capability is
there, a software vendor can require that a user change the default to
implement, thus hard-identifying a user on the net for all sorts of
purposes.  --pg

Ann Okerson wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 06:37:56 -0800
> From: JQ Johnson <jqj@darkwing.uoregon.edu>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <cni-copyright@cni.org>
> Subject: Microsoft Registration Wizard
> Anyone following the interactions of copyright and shrinkwrap software
> licensing should be aware of plans by Microsoft for Office 2000.  My
> understanding (a bit hazy, since Microsoft hasn't released details) is
> that Microsoft is planning to include a "registration wizard" that you
> must run when you install the new version of Office (expected ship date:
> Q3 1999).  This wizard is designed to enforce the terms of the EULA (the
> Microsoft shrink wrap license).  I believe (but am not sure) that the plan
> is to have the wizard send hardware configuration information to
> Microsoft, and to disallow use of the software after the 50th startup
> unless registration was successful, to disallow reinstallation of the
> software if the hardware changes substantially, etc.
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