We're going to see more of this whether we like it or not. If you Buy a R-T-R (Ready To Run) PC, you'll probably get Bios Lock. Which means your PC Restore CD's will be locked to your PC's M/B System Bios. Bios Lock will be the main method for OEM's to enable Windows XP Activation. Microsoft's stated goal: To reduce Software Piracy. Since this is in the M/B Bios, if you can erase the Bios DMI, Bios Lock may be disabled and your Recovery CD's also may not work. Bummer!
Microsoft approved Bios-Lock Technology - OEMs are required to ship each new computer with a CD-ROM copy of the initially installed Microsoft OS that is “BIOS Locked” to that particular make or model of computer.
In other words, your OS Recovery CD will be Locked to your PC Bios! A Recovery CD typically wipes the HD thus returning A System to its original factory state. And this usually results in all User Data Erased! Retrievable, sure. See: Data Recovery Tools.
"DMI - (Desktop Management Interface) A management system for PCs developed by the DMTF - The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. DMI provides a bi-directional path to interrogate all the hardware and software components within a PC. When PCs are DMI-enabled, their hardware and software configurations can be monitored from a central station in the network." I'd like to see Microsoft's Console of our PC's! UCITA, bad EULA!
Ever replace a M/B? Ever Flash a Bios? Wonder why a small part of the Bios did not flash? Could it be the DMI? In a nutshell, Build Your Own PC's! Easy to replace components with off the shelf parts. We are our own Tech Support! And create you own Restore CD's! OEM CD's will more than likely be "Bios Locked!"
Companies to watch: Microsoft Windows & StorageSoft, The Bios People!
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