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What's this 'Windows Registration'?

by jas0nhe / September 10, 2005 1:37 AM PDT

My new laptop periodically shows this information balloon in the task tray, wanting me to register Windows.

Do I need to do this? I don't remember registering Windows with my previous computers.

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It's a new thing with XP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2005 1:43 AM PDT

You may have used the prior versions of Windows. Frankly, piracy has continued to run unabated and this is Microsoft's response.

-> There are positive effects from registering. For instance if you do register a retail copy of XP then you can call in and get a replacement CD for very cheap compared to those that didn't register and 'lost' their receipts, etc.

Activation is another side effect of rampant piracy. It's a shame it had to come to this.


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Previously used XP
by jas0nhe / September 10, 2005 3:11 AM PDT

This was the only time I had encountered the balloon in the task tray pop up, asking me to register.

Is it going to pop up again? If registration isn't required, and XP is going to work fine with it, then I think I won't bother registering.

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by El Alquimista / September 10, 2005 5:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Previously used XP

so far as I know, has always been associated with XP. Perhaps wherever you got your previous system from registered it for you; this was the case for my last desktop.

Should you register? Absolutely -- it costs nothing but a couple minutes of your time. If you don't register, you will not get certain support from Microsoft if you need it in the future.


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by Themisive / September 10, 2005 6:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Registration

Not only that, but you WILL NOT be asked to register again, unless of course you have to re-install the whole system. As Frank says, it's well worth doing and it's only a couple of minutes of your time, because without activation, you will be denied ALL updates - MS do this because of piracy.

The only other time you may be asked to activate something is if you get a copy of Windows Office XP and put this on your machine. You just get asked to activate that.

As usual it's the old story of a few spoiling things for others.

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I register. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2005 11:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Previously used XP

I can call in and get replacement media if need be without hassle. Your choice.


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Gee, I've never registered my XP
by Ray Harinec / September 10, 2005 7:48 AM PDT

with SP2 and have never gotten a screen asking me to.

Four systems installed using XP Pro OEM CD's bought from newegg [one from mwave]. Activated, of course, and verified when making new updates, but never asked to register.

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Have you ever
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 10, 2005 7:51 AM PDT

been required to go through the checking process when you goto Microsoft for Microsoft Updates Ray?


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Yes and it verifies immediatly.
by Ray Harinec / September 10, 2005 1:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Have you ever

I thought that I had already mentioned that. I said "verifies", I forget what the process is actually called.

I do not believe that process checks registration from what I have read, it checks activation is my understanding. Why would MS care about registration? They were all OEM CD's so MS would not provide any support anyway for other type support.

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Maybe a fix. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 10, 2005 12:34 PM PDT
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You better register
by okibaby / September 10, 2005 7:56 PM PDT

If you dont you won't be able to use your computer.
Serious matter1. Just click register when online.

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Please explain exactly how serious
by Ray Harinec / September 12, 2005 6:51 AM PDT
In reply to: You better register

this matter is!! I believe that it is possible that you are confusing "Register" with "Activate". Activate is manadory, register is totally optional.

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600 bucks serious?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2005 7:05 AM PDT

A poor(er) soul lost their full version full retail full price Office 2003 Premium Mucho Mucho CD and more. If they had registered, it would be 35 bucks for replacement media and the CD Key.

Only now do they wonder why pundits told them not to register.

Cha-ching? "It's the money?" "A little prevention?"

Pick your reason but why not register?


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I guess that I can't believe that people pay
by Ray Harinec / September 12, 2005 9:57 AM PDT
In reply to: 600 bucks serious?

such a price and lose the CD et al, but I guess that it is true.

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I've known people who
by glb613 / September 12, 2005 8:19 PM PDT

threw away a program CD thinking they didn't need it anymore. If you read these forums for any length of time, you'll find people lose almost everything.

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by kym7233 / September 13, 2005 1:59 PM PDT


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