OEMs Asked to Change OS Distribution Practices to Combat Piracy

Microsoft will significantly change the way its operating systems (OSs) are distributed with new PCs in 2000. The changes are aimed at reducing piracy and at creating PCs with superior "self-healing" ability. OEMs will be required to ship with each computer either a "BIOS-locked" CD-ROM that ties the CD to a particular make or model of computer or to put a backup copy of the OS on the hard disk. The decision has caused a stir within the industry as OEMs and Microsoft Authorized Replicators (ARs)—the companies that make OS CDs for OEMs—wrestle with the implications of the new policy.

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