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Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, said not too long ago that 9 out of 10 copies of Windows in China were pirated. And it seems it is this statistic that has compelled Microsoft to design a new activation system.

This activation system is set to debut with Windows 9, as detailed here.

And now some new details about it have surfaced, which reveal that Microsoft will force every user that installs Windows 9 to create a Microsoft Account and then associate their product key with it. And things only get more advanced form here on.

Once installed, Windows 9 will automatically store the activation details, meaning users will never get to see the license keys — essentially making them harder to crack as they are embedded deep into the operating system.

It gets better, still.

In case the user decides to change the computer or reinstall the operating system, they will first have to go to the Windows Store to remove the current activation.

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However, Microsoft plans to offer users the ability to burn Windows 9 to a disk (or create a bootable UBS, for that matter) in order to make these tasks more smooth and easy to perform.

But if these reports are true, this is one highly advanced activation system. Internet access will, of course, be necessary, but chances are that the company might also allow for activation via phone.

Here’s the thing, though. Once Windows 9 is activated, the Windows Store is going to hold all user details, including information like name, address, billing details and all that. Even though the company is aiming for robust security here, it goes without saying that some might find this unacceptable.

And oh, in case, the user installs a copy of Windows 9 that cannot be activated, the operating system will run for a maximum of 3 days, after which it will fail to boot.

Rumors still, but worth discussing. Thoughts, people?

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  1. WillyThePooh / July 9, 2014 at 8:52 am /Reply

    Wonder what if a user wants to use local account? How about a user has no internet connection, e.g. while travelling, home with no wi-fi? If my computer is broken/lost, how can I deactivate the computer and transfer the activation code to other computer?

  2. Mike Greenway / July 9, 2014 at 10:11 am /Reply

    As a matter of principle I will not comment on rumors from your trusted source.

    • Bruce Regael / July 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm /Reply

      There was a guy about 6 months ago on the MDL Forums that sounded like he had inside knowledge about this. In case you aren’t familiar with MDL Forums they are, well, sketchy when it comes to MS Operating Systems and “activating” them at best. Anyways, he gave details about current activation methods being completely redone in Windows 9 that current methods will be completely useless (relies on emulation).

      While still a rumor, it appears maybe the guy was more accurate than people gave him credit for at the time.

  3. Well, it’s just a rumor. I guess we will see

  4. Bruce Regael / July 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm /Reply

    That’s pretty draconian (if true). One of the things that turned me off about Windows 8 was from the very beginning of the installation. It hides the ability to create local accounts WANTING you to login via your MS email account. I don’t want any of my billing and account information just randomly on my computer easily discoverable, nor do I favor being forced into an online scheme.

    They have every right to protect their product, but as a customer I have the power of doing what I’m doing. Staying on Windows 7 and letting it become another XP fiasco.

    • If you have an Android phone or tablet, the first thing it wants you to do is enter your Google account details, without which you cannot access Google Play. Likewise Apple devices want your Apple account details so you can access the Apple App Store. So why is it only Microsoft that gets criticised?

  5. Steve Fulton / July 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm /Reply

    Something tells me this has something to do with the ensuing war between the Chinese Gov’t and Microsoft if it is true.

  6. Valerie Kramer / July 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm /Reply

    Linux is looking better all the time!

  7. What if I have 2 user accounts on a device, and the Windows OS activation is tied to one of them? When I log in with the other account, is it going to tell me that my OS is not registered? I hope they get complex issues such as this sorted out very carefully or there are going to be a lot of very upset users.

  8. Where are they going with this, for goodness sake! I refuse to buy something like this.

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