Service Pack 1 will turn off Vista's 'kill switch'

Wednesday, 5 December 2007, 12:03 AM EST

After a year of glitches and server issues, Microsoft has announced that Vista Service Pack 1 will no longer include the infamous "kill switch," which puts Vista in "reduced functionality" mode if the license key fails to validate.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Sievert says that instead of disabling features, SP1 will merely warn and nag users of pirated software. “Users whose systems are identified as counterfeit will be presented with clear and recurring notices about the status of their system and how to get genuine,” says Sievert. However, he goes on to add that “they won’t lose access to functionality or features, but it will be very clear to them that their copy of Window Vista is not genuine and they need to take action.”

At Wired.

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