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PostSubject: Microsoft to Kill Pirated Windows XP Professional   Mon May 25, 2009 10:32 am

Anybody useing XP pro copies read this
this is for the mod section unless usefull to others,I found this
interesting and didn't know if anyone else here has seen this...

Microsoft to Kill Pirated Windows XP Professional

Having dealt with the SoftMod Windows Vista activation crack, Microsoft
will start hunting down and “killing” pirated copies of Windows XP
Professional, the flavor of the operating system labeled by the company
as most popular with pirates. The software giant has cooked and will
release an update to Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications designed
to sniff out and flag as non-genuine unlicensed or otherwise hacked
copies of XP Pro. Alex Kochis, senior product manager, Windows Genuine
Advantage, revealed that the latest update to the anti-piracy mechanism
was capable to identify the latest fake and stolen/leaked product keys,
as well as any cracks or additional methods used to bypass the
activation process. At the same time there are other enhancements
introduced to WGA Notifications by the refresh.

“With this release we've improved the design making it easier to
install the update and to stay up to date with the latest release of
WGA. This release focuses on the product edition that we find is most
often counterfeited, Windows XP Professional,” Kochis added. “This
update includes the latest validation information including recently
stolen or misused product keys and other information.”

Microsoft has also tweaked the installation process of WGA
Notifications. The WGA refresh will be served automatically to Windows
XP operating systems that have Automatic Updates enabled, and the
installer will allow the user to deploy the update on the next reboot
after the bits were downloaded. Users that have already integrated past
WGA releases with the operating system will have the bits updated in
the background, and will not need to go through the installation
process again.

“After installing this version of WGA Notifications on a copy of
Windows XP that fails the validation a users experience of Windows
would include (same as with the last release) first a message at their
next logon indicating that they might be a victim of software
counterfeiting. They would see that their desktop has changed to a
plain black background and they will see a persistent desktop
notification above the system tray as well as messages from the system
tray offering additional information and ways that the customer can
report the piracy or obtain a genuine copy of Windows,” Kochis revealed.
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