Windows Vista Legal Fineprint Raises Red Flags

As Windows Vista gets ready to launch tomorrow, there are hundreds of articles about the next “new revolution”. However there are also some concerns that have arisen about the whole user experience, and the way Microsoft wants to take control of your PC.

Even after installation, the legal agreement grants Microsoft the right to revalidate the software or to require users to reactivate it should they make changes to their computer components. In addition, it sets significant limits on the ability to copy or transfer the software, prohibiting anything more than a single backup copy and setting strict limits on transferring the software to different devices or users.

Vista also incorporates Windows Defender, an anti-virus program that actively scans computers for “spyware, adware, and other potentially unwanted software.” The agreement does not define any of these terms, leaving it to Microsoft to determine what constitutes unwanted software.

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