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This article describes the metering behavior of computers that are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for Prepaid Computers or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for Subscription Computers. This article applies to computers that use "hardware enforcement." Computers that use hardware enforcement have a hardware component that enforces the time limits on prepaid time or on subscription time.
In this article, computers that are running Windows XP Home Edition for Prepaid Computers are known as "prepaid computers." Computers that are running Windows XP Home Edition for Subscription Computers are known as "subscription computers."
Initial time balanceBoth prepaid computers and subscription computers have an initial time balance for computer use. The initial time balance is the time that is available to use the computer before activation. If you do not activate the computer before the initial time balance runs out, the computer enters Limited Access Mode. The initial time balance is set by the solution provider. By default, the initial time balance is ten hours. However, the initial time balance can be extended.
Metering modesPrepaid and subscription computers use the following three metering modes:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/938348/ )Description of the autometering feature on computers that are running Windows XP Home Edition for Prepaid Computers or Windows XP Home Edition for Subscription Computers
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