Typo!ZoomComputerworld reports that Microsoft has eliminated the 30-day grace period used in Windows 7, forcing customers to use a legitimate product key immediately when installing the retail version of Windows 8. That's because the upcoming OS handles activation differently, pushing the Redmond company into tossing out the former "evaluation" period.
What about people that don't have their computer connected to the computer, windows wont activate. And what about people that do have a valid key, but but cant activate cause Microsoft says it not valid. I bet the sales for the retail version are gonna be so low, that Microsoft is going resort to making keys invalid just so people aft to fork out more money for a new key that's valid. What about people who buy an oem computer like dell or hp, what do they do if they haft to replace their hard drive and have no recovery disk, how do they install windows to activate windows online or over the phone if their or a friend's ome or retail disk's require a key before installation.After installation, Windows 8 automatically connects to a Microsoft server -- given the machine is connected to the Internet -- to verify that the user's key is valid. If the key is valid, then Windows 8 is activated. If the key is deemed not valid, then the typical non-genuine ritual kicks in by fading the desktop to a permanent black and displaying a message saying the OS is illegitimate. The PC will then shut down every hour.