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Reduced Functionality Mode now "on"?

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    DCMonkey

    "Good afternoon, as of this week, Microsoft has activated a function in Vista called 'Reduced Functionality.'
    http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9035478


    The article doesn't make sense to me as I though RFM was already enabled and possible to trigger according to the following rules:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925582


    So, has something changed? Is the email fake or misinformed? Was it not enabled everywhere in the world? Were the triggering criteria changed? Will we be seeing a $h1tstorm from people getting false positives that completely RFM their machines? Should I make popcorn?

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    AndyC

    I presume this means the first bunch of pirate keys has been uploaded to the WGA servers. Bad news for all those who thought their cracked version had worked.

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    W3bbo

    DCMonkey wrote:
    Will we be seeing a $h1tstorm from people getting false positives that completely RFM their machines? Should I make popcorn?


    Remember the massive WGA outage we had a few weeks ago and thought that was bad?

    Hopefully this will spell the end of WGA after thousands of legit users sue Microsoft.

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    intelman

    WGA needs to go. I hate the stupid validation when getting a patch. Since I seem to format all the time, because of dell and their stupid media direct button screwing up my installation, I have to install the WGA checker all the time, that is just an added step that annoys me.

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    evildictait​or

    W3bbo wrote:
    
    Hopefully this will spell the end of WGA after thousands of legit users sue Microsoft.


    That is scheduled to happen just after the flying-pigs airshow and the report of "slow moving traffic in hell due to ice on the roads"

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    blowdart

    "Reduced Functionality Mode now"

    It's installing linux?

    (It's called a pre-emptive strike people, calm down)

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    evildictait​or

    intelman wrote:
    WGA needs to go. I hate the stupid validation when getting a patch. Since I seem to format all the time, because of dell and their stupid media direct button screwing up my installation, I have to install the WGA checker all the time, that is just an added step that annoys me.


    Why?

    You have 30 days to activate after you first install Windows Vista before reduced functionality mode begins - if you reformat frequently (as I do) you'll be aware that the activation dialog shows after the final Windows Experience check and login, and requires you to click "Activate Now".

    Even if you don't/can't activate then, you can "Activate later" which alerts you every 24hours via a little balloon tooltip saying "Activate Now" which can be safely ignored until your 30 days are up.

    Since your machine can have unlimited activations for a licence key, I fail to see that reformatting often (unless we're talking more than twice a day, in which case you have issues) would mean that WGA changes your experience at all, even if you choose not to activate.

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    jellowjacket


     "You have 30 days to activate after you first install Windows Vista before reduced functionality mode begins..."

    or "slmgr.vbs –rearm"


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    Stebet

    hoax!

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    cornelius

    i taught microsoft prefered according to their senior manager (cant find link, tho it was in news not to long ago)

    people pirating windows

    instead of using alternatives 



    so far im very pissed with the bright spark who decided to remove the up button from vista, why oh why

    tho overall vista is a great OS and so far i love it

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    Bas

    As said before, "up" functionality is still there.

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    evildictait​or

    cornelius wrote:
    i taught microsoft prefered according to their senior manager (cant find link, tho it was in news not to long ago)

    people pirating windows

    instead of using alternatives 



    so far im very pissed with the bright spark who decided to remove the up button from vista, why oh why

    tho overall vista is a great OS and so far i love it


    Yes. In other news, most victims of violent crime enjoy the attention during the court hearing.

    Get real. Why would Microsoft enjoy people taking their products and not paying for them? And if they enjoy it so much, why do they introduce WGA and cracking down on piracy?

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    cornelius

    evildictaitor wrote:
    why do they introduce WGA and cracking down on piracy?


    theres 2 types of "pirates"

    yaaarrrr [6]

    1. the smart hacker/coder type, this fella can bypass anything thrown at him

    2. the kiddie who just discovered bittorent



    now theres alot more of type2 "pirates" than type1, they are generally dumb and love reading digg.com as they need the collective to make up the mind for them

    theres nothing microsoft can do about type1 "pirates" but type2 pirates just need to be annoyed/pushed enough for them to either:

    a: pay up (or make their rich parents pay up)
    b: use the oem version of windows that they more than likely have
    c: get their rich parents to buy a mac for college (now they are uber cool! not)
    d: they switch to linux (not this is fairly unlikely as bittorenting is abit more difficult on linux)



    sigh

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    Tom Servo

    Can't await for virus writers to figure out how to activate it manually. Probably just needs to ship pirated keys and change them at runtime and have hilarious fun starting with the next reboot.

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    Sven Groot

    Tom Servo wrote:
    Can't await for virus writers to figure out how to activate it manually. Probably just needs to ship pirated keys and change them at runtime and have hilarious fun starting with the next reboot.

    That argument doesn't really hold. The naysayers predicted the same thing would happen with WPA when it was first introduced in XP, that malware would find a way to "deactivate" Windows. That didn't happen, and neither will this.

    Fact is, if you've got enough access to a Windows box to make it think it is illegal/deactivated, there's far more interesting (and easier) things you could do.

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    evildictait​or

    Tom Servo wrote:
    Can't await for virus writers to figure out how to activate it manually. Probably just needs to ship pirated keys and change them at runtime and have hilarious fun starting with the next reboot.


    slmgr.vbs -upk
    slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key>

    but if you can run code on somebodies machine, you shouldn't be all that surprised that they can do things.

    We get lots of concept code that goes along the lines of "If you can run code on that machine, you can run code!"

    To which I say, "duh".

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