Here's a new and interesting development on the Windows XP copy protection and licensing registration front. Many of us aren't too comfortable with Microsoft's plans, and how they could affect our privacy and our computers' usability. But those who think "Oh, forget XP; I'll just stick with Win2K and avoid this whole mess" may have a surprise coming. It's looking like MS is laying the groundwork to update Windows 2000 to support the same registration process as Windows XP.
After installing the IE 6 preview, I had the following registry key added to my Win2k Pro box:
\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\MSLicensingWithin this key are 2 subkeys: "HardwareID" and "Store"
Under the "HardwareID" key is a "ClientHWID" binary value entry, containing what I'll assume is a hash key generated off my system's hardware.
Under the "Store" key is another key named "LICENSE000", which contains four binary values named the following: "ClientLicense", "CompanyName", "LicenseScope", and "ProductID".
Make of this what you will, but I wouldn't be surprised to see MS start sneaking code like this in through hotfixes and service packs. It may become rather difficult to avoid their registration scheme.
|ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming motherboard is rather groovy||3|
|Miniature Golf Day Shortbread||6|
|GeForce 385.69 drivers are Game Ready for a ton of titles||1|
|Thursday deals: big external drives, a sweet case, and more||3|
|Google acqui-hires 2,000 HTC employees for $1.1 billion||19|
|Some of AMD's next chips will arrive on GloFo's new 12LP process||33|
|The Tech Report System Guide: September 2017 edition||57|
|Intel shows off 10-nm Cannon Lake wafer and talks process tech||26|
|AOC Agon AG322QCX offers 32" of gaming goodness on the cheap||24|
|He's play on a typical English plural construction. In gaming, a multi-faceted object with numbers or characters on each face is a "die," while two or...||+38|