July 10, 2001

WinXP product activation decoded and analysed

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "German techies Fully Licensed GmbH claim - convincingly - to have unravelled
the Windows Product Activation (WPA) system used in the latest versions of
Microsoft software, including Office XP and Windows XP. The bottom line,
according to the company, is that WPA is not particularly intrusive, does not invade
anybody's privacy, and is a lot more forgiving of hardware changes than has been
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