If your XP is counterfeit read this

April 24, 2006 at 18:21:46
Specs: XP Home & PRO All SP2, 2.02GHz/512RAM

If you are running pirated XP, the following is for you to read (so as to be better informed):

Starting Tuesday (tomorrow) with Windows Update, M$ will push out a test tool that checks whether the copy of Windows a PC is using is properly licensed. It will be sent to millions of people in the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft said Monday.

Following download and installation of the "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications" tool, users of a pirated copy will see alerts at startup, login and during their use of the operating system. The alerts read: "This copy of Windows is not genuine; you may be a victim of software counterfeiting."

Those who use a legitimate copy of the software won't see any messages, Microsoft said.

People will be able to decline the tool download or uninstall it, said David Lazar, director of the Windows Genuine program at Microsoft. They can also suppress the alerts by right-clicking on them when they appear during the running of Windows.

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April 24, 2006 at 18:31:31

BTW if you get the Alerts, please be kind enough to send us screenshot so we will know what it looks like. TIA


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April 24, 2006 at 18:36:53

I do not give a Daffy Duck what they look like. All my Microsoft operating systems are legal versions.

Anyone else using pirated software in my book, is nothing but a thief and as such a low life *&^#@*$#

Unity is strength.

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April 24, 2006 at 18:42:30

LOLROTF. BTW I wonder what's the percentage of users running VLK (Corp edition) XP?


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April 25, 2006 at 02:13:13

HERE is M$ official press release. I guess their ultimate goal is to render non-genuine XP non-operable.


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April 25, 2006 at 03:17:40

How will this work on people's PC's running VLK (Corp edition) with NON blacklisted keys because that's the biggest problem. Always has, always will be!!

Turn it off, wait a while, turn it back on again.

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April 25, 2006 at 13:46:53

So long as MS refuse to allow a legitimate purchaser to use their copy on more than 1 machine then piracy will thrive.

How many people now have 2 or more machines in their household and having to buy an individual copy for each is ludicrously expensive.

Long live corporate keys and disabled MS updates...!!!

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April 25, 2006 at 14:32:12

Personally speaking I sympathize with you. While MS prices & one-copy-per-machine are outrageous, the folks in Redmont don't care.

I understand that when Windows Vista comes out no one will be able to run a pirated copy even in light of its sky-high prices yet to be announced.


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April 26, 2006 at 14:22:42

You may be a victim of software counterfeiting......LOL

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