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Chapter 1. A Welcome to Windows XP > The Dark Side of Windows XP

1.5. The Dark Side of Windows XP

Despite all of the improvements, Windows XP doesn't come without its share of controversy. Let us count the ways in which the new operating system has raised eyebrows and hackles.

1.5.1. Activation (Copy Protection)

Windows XP marks the first time Microsoft has ever copy-protected Windows, meaning you can't install Windows XP on more than one PC from the same CD. (Technically, the CDs are all identical. What you really can't use more than once is your serial number.) If you have a desktop PC as well as a laptop, you have to buy Windows XP twice, and Microsoft will give you only a 10 percent discount on the second copy. If you make the attempt, the second PC refuses to operate after 30 days.


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