Casual copying accounts for a large part of the piracy losses that the software industry experiences. If software piracy were to be reduced, the software industry could invest much more money in product development, in product quality, and in product support. This would lead to better products and more innovation for customers.
How product activation worksProduct activation is a simple, straightforward process that is completely software based. It requires no hardware add-ons or any other external tool. In most cases, the only information that is needed to activate a product is an installation ID, which is created by the software itself. The information that is collected during activation will not be used to personally identify the user.
If you activate your product over the Internet, product activation takes less than a minute. When you activate your product in this way, the product itself will do most of the work. Very little user effort is required. If you would rather activate your product over the telephone, you can do this by contacting the regional Microsoft Product Activation Center.For more information about how to contact the Microsoft product activation Center, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
When to activate a Microsoft productSoftware that is bought in stores or as part of a new computer that is sold by an OEM must be activated. As mentioned earlier, product activation is easy, and many users only have to activate a product one time during the life of the product. However, some products may have to be activated again if the product is moved to another computer or if significant changes are made to the computer on which the product is installed.
How to activate a Microsoft productTo activate a Microsoft product, select either the Internet option or the telephone option in the Product Activation Wizard.
- With Internet-based activation, Microsoft servers process the activation and activate the product.
- With telephone-based activation, you activate your product by contacting a Microsoft Product Activation Center and following the steps that are provided by an automated telephone system or by a customer service representative.Important You should have your installation ID when you speak with a customer service representative. This ID is displayed in the product activation wizard.
For more information about how to contact the Microsoft product activation Center, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Web sitesFor more information, visit the following Microsoft Web sites: