Luckily, Windows Activation has been toned down after its introduction in Windows XP.Even if your PC fails activation, it will continue to function until you can fix the problem — unless you’re using Windows XP. Windows will prompt you to activate with Microsoft after you install it.
If you’re using something like VLC, this might be another reason to ditch WGA.
network card has apparently not yet been configured, so I can’t activate over the ‘net. And yet, left to my own devices I had the machine activated in about 10 minutes. Linux was actually written from scratch, originally by Linus Torvalds.
When I do the phone activation, the “installation ID” I’m supposed to give the Microsoft representative is blank. It was modeled extremely closely after the Unix operating system, a proprietary system developed by Bell Labs. There is no “generic” Linux; rather, it’s made available via various “distributions,” each tailored to meet specific criteria.
If you bought Windows XP and have been unlucky enough to fail the validation (which isn’t uncommon) then you might just want to remove it altogether.
If you’re a raging software pirate then I’m going to have a tougher job convincing you to keep it.