revealed some changes to their Windows Genuine Advantage protection scheme for Windows Vista which determines if the copy of Windows Vista is legit. A non validated Windows Vista operating system
would reduce its functionality after 30 days and make only security updates available for that system.
Service Pack 1 will change that behavior. On the good side the functionality will remain and will no longer be reduced, on the bad site this will be compensated by nag screens known from shareware programs that nag the user to buy the application after x days. Windows
will use those nag screens and have a 15 second timer before the user will be able to click on Activate Later to continue his work.
Users will still only be able to download system security
patches for the system, all other downloads will fail like before. Users who have been using the Bios or Clock Timer hack to activate Windows Vista illegally will face troubles as well. The Service Pack 1 will be able to detect those hacks but there will not be dire consequences either.
Those users will only face the same nag screens like all other users who did not activate their system in time. I think it is fairly interesting that users of non-activated Vista operating systems
will get better deals to purchase a copy of Vista than users who bought the operating system from retailers.
Ultimate retails for $329 at Amazon currently while the offer for non activated versions can be purchased for $199. So, users who like bargains probably will download Vista, use it for 30 days and purchase it for a lower price afterwards.
Windows Vista SP1 will annoy Pirates