Activating and Validating Windows Vista

Windows Vista includes a group of antipiracy and antitampering features that Microsoft collectively refers to as the Software Protection Platform (SPP). The basic requirements are similar to those used with Windows XP, with a few extra twists. The technological mechanisms in SPP are, in essence, enforcement mechanisms for the Windows Vista license agreement, which you agree to during the process of installing the operating system. We’re not lawyers, so we won’t presume to interpret this license agreement. We do recommend that you read the license agreement, which contains considerably less legalese than its predecessors. In this section, we explain how the technological mechanisms in SPP affect your use ...

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