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Re: [vox] Latest Microsoft Tricks

How does it know if you've installed it more than once?  The only way I
would think it could do that is by writing to itself when you ran the
installer, but if it's on a CD that's not gonna happen.

On 04 Jul 2001 12:17:42 -0700, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> You're given two easy installations; one for a desktop and one for a 
> laptop.  On the second installation you are told that the product has 
> already been activated and you have to call Microsoft and talk to a 
> person who will give you a number for you to enter into the "Product 
> Activation box."  Here's what the reviewer says if you have to install a 
> third time:
> "You're a good little soldier.  But try to install it on a third  
> computer and bingo, Big Bill's gotcha.  LHB (this stands for "live human 
> being"; this is the person you have to call at Microsoft) tells you 
> you're out of luck: If you want to activate Office XP on this third 
> computer, you must uninstall it from one of the first two and then call 
> back for an ID."
> "Heaven forbid you should upgrade your hard drive or someone should 
> steal your computer.  You have to call LHB and reassure him or her that 
> you're not trying to cheat--that this really is your laptaop or that a 
> lightning bolt really did hit your desktop computer square on its on 
> button."
> The reviewer really loves Word, so maybe Microsoft will turn its fans 
> against itself.
> Bob
> -- 
> Robert G. Scofield
> rscofield@afes.com

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