With the first "Service pack" for Windows Vista forthcoming, Microsoft will pull down an anti-piracy tool known as "Kill Switch" from Windows Vista.
In order to protect Windows Vista from ongoing counterfeiting threats, Microsoft is using a new tactic that urges consumers -- rather annoyingly -- to buy genuine copies of the Windows operating system (OS).
With the first "Service pack" for Windows Vista forthcoming, Microsoft will pull down an anti-piracy tool known as "Kill Switch" from Windows Vista, which disables the OS when a counterfeit is detected.
The authenticity of the Windows OS is validated by an online tool called 'Windows Genuine Advantage'. In case of counterfeits, the tool can lock the OS from further use. It reduces the functionality mode by suspending a number of features until the user gets a genuine copy.
Instead of the OS locking, users whose systems are identified as counterfeit will now be presented with clear and recurring notices about the status of their system, and how to get genuine copies, every time they login. But, they won't lose access to functionality or features.
There's a possibility that some users with higher tolerance level might not switch to genuine copies; but those who change their mind and decide to opt for genuine Windows will get the Home Basic version for $89 and the Home Premium version for $119.
Meanwhile, the fundamental strategy remains the same. All copies of Windows Vista will still require activation, and the system will continue to validate from time to time to verify proper activation.