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product key

A series of letters and digits that must be entered during software installation to authorize the user. Product keys are found on the back of the CD-ROM package, inside a paper manual or on a separate sheet of paper that comes with the package. For volume licenses, where one copy of the application is installed on multiple machines, the product key must be obtained from the vendor.
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BEIJING, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KongZhong Corporation (KONG), a leading provider of digital entertainment services for consumers in the PRC, today has officially announced the CD-Key price of Guild Wars 2, the groundbreaking fantasy MMO developed by ArenaNet, for the China market.
To deliver top-notch customer support and maintain a safe and secure service, Blizzard and The9 have implemented an authorization CD-key system for the official launch of World of Warcraft.
Prior to 2008, CD-Key fees are amortized over one-year period; effective January 1, 2008, they are amortized over the shorter of one year or WoW's remaining license period, starting from the time when the game players activate the CD-Key.
World of Warcraft players include individuals who have purchased a CD-Key to access World of Warcraft in China and excludes players under free promotions.
Details of the commercial launch for WoW in China are: CD-Key System
The CD-key system and special promotion for WoW will work as follows: 1.
Fileshack has a full suite of beta management tools for pre-release testing, including large-scale individualized beta cd-key distribution.
The CD-Key database is also managed by Speakeasy, and thePlatform's extensibility was critical in providing a seamless experience.
Doggy Style and MCA Records have used Infotects CD-Key technology that identifies the album in the owner's CD-ROM drive, permitting rewards to be delivered securely and only to intended end-users.
KongZhong has announced that the total amount of CD-Keys sold during the pre-order period reached 500,000 units, with sales continuing through the headstart period, setting the foundation for a successful upcoming open beta on May 15[sup.
Don't forget your Windows 95 and Office CDs or equivalent and their CD-keys, in case you have to configure any strange drivers.