Thursday, November 5, 2009
Activation Frustration? Not With Linux!
Yesterday's blog post illicited this comment from an anonymous reader:
"And don't forget... No product activation!
"I was on my way from New York to Germany. When I arrived in my room, Vista informed me my PC needed activation and would only work for the next day (can't remember the exact message). I don't know what triggered this message, as everything worked fine, and Windows was activated months before. Because I was on a business trip for the next 2 weeks, I could not get my laptop working until I arrived back home. Luckily we were able to transfer my importation documents that evening. What a mess!
"Because of this, I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER MS PRODUCT! "
My nephew had a similar experience with his friend's desktop. Although the laptop had Windows Genuine Advantage and was properly and legally activated, the system locked out the user. He called Microsoft only to get an automated messaging system. When he entered the activation code, he was told that the copy of Windows was not legitimate and the technical assistance recording hung up.
Sometimes, you need to be a wizard or magician in order to open Windows and get it to work!
If you want to avoid this kind of hassle, simply get Linux.
With Linux, you'll have a free, open source system that will never ask for an activation code or lock you out. You'll have a wonderful desktop environment with thousands of programs and a welcoming and friendly community of users who will help you get up and running.
And none of those folks is a recording.