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Having dealt with the SoftMod Windows Vista activation crack
, Microsoft will start hunting down 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. “The WGA in Windows XP does not reduce a computer’s functionality, even if the OS is determined to be a non-genuine copy,”
a Microsoft spokesperson explained. Alex Kochis
, Director 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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|Comment #1 by: Gaurav Misra on 25 Mar 2009, 17:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i am a civil engg student, i bought a laptop hp pavillion. after few days my harddisk crashed !!
i couldnt recover my original xp !!
i reported this to hp service centre, now instead of giving me proper advice to approach hp software or microsoft software, (which they told me later)they instigated me and themselves loaded me pirated version !!
sir i am not that rich to buy these softwares again, if i become rich i will pay for it !! mr. bill gates the legend (in india we call him kuber) must understand this !!
we cant pay you twice for same thing !!
we are students !!
why not microsoft make a database of all who have bought some windows from them and they can only access them by using fingerprint type thing and like they can use it anywhere , anytime anycom !!
why hardware is associated with software !! after all when we go to hp service centre, they say we dont look in softwares !!
for human world !!
|Comment #1.1 by: Deepak on 26 Mar 2009, 09:34 GMT|
Dude, go straight to consumer court and sue HP if they have actually installed a Non Genuine copy of Windows. HP has to help if you have not changed original hardware on the computer.
|Comment #2 by: Jack on 25 Mar 2009, 18:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Great news! M$ is really helping everyone who struggles financially to move to linux. Ubuntu and Suse must be laughing thier *** off. Steve Balmer wants every single penny you have.
|Comment #2.1 by: Wheezer on 26 Mar 2009, 13:37 GMT|
So how would you feel if you wrote this great application and people were pirating it? You'd be pissed. Right?
|Comment #3 by: Homer on 25 Mar 2009, 19:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It's about time Microsoft stepped up. It took them almost 5 years to get XP Pro blocked... I wonder how long it's going to take them to block hacked Vista's and 7's...
|Comment #4 by: Ecky on 25 Mar 2009, 20:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is another of Microsofts boneheaded ideas,the reason so many copies of XP are pirated is that it is too damn expensive,it was over $400 for XP Pro,and Vista Ultimate is almost $500,they say that 35% of copies of Windows are not genuine,well charge a reasonable amount and more would be willing to buy them,so if charge $200 I think the number of illegal copies would be less than 10%. My opinion anyway
|Comment #4.1 by: Wheezer on 26 Mar 2009, 13:36 GMT|
These people who pirate Windows XP [and Vista] are the ones who spread the worms and malware around because they didn't even buy an OEM copy [mayb e $100 for XP Home].
|Comment #5 by: bullwinkle on 25 Mar 2009, 20:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
User friendly Microsoft,shoot first,ask questions later,must be American.Charge a reasonable price for your operating system that has to be patched every week,and has more holes than swiss cheese,and more people would be willing to dole out their hard earned cash for a legal copy,but treat everyone as a criminal and see how willing they are to co-operate with you,boneheads.
|Comment #6 by: Fida on 26 Mar 2009, 05:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Why doesn't Microsoft sell the old Windows XP to 3rd world countries (where piracy is mostly prevalent) at a damn cheap price, so that they can really buy it genuine?
As far as I know, the Antivirus companies like Kaspersky, Bitdefender etc are selling their antivirus (current versions) at a very cheap rate (like 7 or 8$ or something) for the 3rd world countries. And people there are buying them with enthusiasm, thrilled at being able to afford genuine software.
Microsoft can also sell the Windows XP Pro at something like 10$ or so. People would definitely buy it.
Sure, XP is getting obsolete soon. Well, people in the developing countries are pretty much used to XP. They won't mind keeping using it. They won't even ask for Automatic updates from Microsoft, should MS stops supporting XP.
|Comment #7 by: Fida on 26 Mar 2009, 09:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Only a few moments back, the article was named, "Microsoft to KILL Pirated Windows XP Professional".
Now "Kill" has become "TACKLE".
"KILL", too strong a word?
|Comment #8 by: cyteck on 26 Mar 2009, 11:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
OK! so Microsoft are determined to tackle the pirates, i.e. people who have spread so called illegal (not genuine Microsoft) copies of Windows XP.
No.1 Isn't this like trying to shut the door after the horse has bolted?
No.2 Why? are Microsoft doing this now it terms of timing, as they are ending technical support for windows XP (which is now 7years old). I'd say their motive is purely a financial one as they want to try a scrape back any money they can from so called illegal or priated copies of XP. This is due to the recession I'd say nothing more.
No.3 Its easily bye passed to be honest with you, anyone with half a brain cell would just avoid installing WGA. I never have automatic updates enabled as most of the MS windows XP updates are bloatware & 95% of them are a complete waste of time. Only the real OS, security or critical updates are worth the effort involved.
|Comment #9 by: VYP3R on 26 Mar 2009, 12:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
They could implement 1000000000000 security messures, useless, there will be ALWAYS someone to hack and bypass any security!!! NASA was hacked by kids so many times i cant remember already, so yeah, good luck dreaming microsoft!! oh and u wake up, put some decent prices into the originals and maybe people will buy them!! peace out
|Comment #10 by: Wheezer on 26 Mar 2009, 13:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As you still have a legitimate copy of Windows XP, all you need is either a recovery CD from HP or *ANY* OEM Windows XP CD - even a friend's CD. Use the serial number on the sticker on the case. After installing, you can't activate beause it already has. You call Microsoft [with the telephone number provided] and explain the crash, they'll will give you a reference number for the activation. That's it.
As for HP doing that, they are incompitent. Don't even bother with the legal crap. Not worth the hassle.
|Comment #11 by: _MaxX_ on 26 Mar 2009, 13:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Everybody don`t panic... You should all wait maximum one week. The problem it`s gonna be solved :) . Just think the security measure it`s made by a human, it can be blocked by a human :)).
|Comment #12 by: Mark on 26 Mar 2009, 19:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I had a PC with XP on it, which i tried to rebuild with the factory recovery CD on it, but because the PC had been down graded from Vista, the recovery CD put Vista back on. I installed XP on a virtual machine, and phoned the Microsoft activation line. They understood the situation and gave me a code. But that virtual machine still thinks its not genuine Windows. The support line is giving out 'stolen' activation codes. Don't leave me stuck with Vista!!!
|Comment #13 by: Fida on 28 Mar 2009, 16:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
LOL LOL LOL.
So much for using genuine Windows XP. What's the use if your genuine XP gets marked as Non-genuine?
|Comment #14 by: R Gray on 25 Jun 2009, 18:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
New Sony VGN-S5 VP purchased Sept 05 so Operating system is definitely not pirated - Sony discovered installing rootkits - requested spyware free Windows XP pro copy from Microsoft - refused - now no confidence in computer security - opted for WGA and automatic updates - all ok except that I still did not trust computer after Sony rootkit scandal, so not used for anything of a confidential nature - early May 09 presented with request to install new WGA - answered no but after multiple requests at boot up I gave up and accepted just to get rid of requests - boot up time takes longer and now really unhappy with decision to install - contacted Microsoft to inform them that I now rescinded agreement - informed this was not possible - so now I am in the process of clearing all data from the hard drive before I restore a disk image backup taken before SP3 - no further Microsoft updates will be downloaded as I feel these are now more hazardous than any virus that might penetrate my security software - firewall now set to block all outgoing & incoming connections with Microsoft - will in the near future just use a cheap netbook for any internet activity and only use a slow dial up connection for any necessary registrations etc.
|Comment #15 by: vox_populi on 05 Nov 2009, 09:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't think marketing guys at Microsoft read or even care for public opinion ( so undemocratic of them!).
If Microsoft cares for piracy of its products, it need not waste money on making WGA more menacing than it is at present. Microsoft can simply -
1. charge U$ 10 or its equivalent of local currency from students and non-Business users of Windows XP so-called Third World countries, and
2. Make their XP genuine by issuing a proper license.
This WILL KILL XP piracy to a large extent.
Please don't say Microsoft can't afford it!
|Comment #16 by: ttx on 21 Nov 2010, 13:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
that is wrong i have Windows Genuine xp pro on my computer and they told me that my install number is a hacked number but i do have the sticker that came with my windows xp pro and the last guy i talk to said all it was that i install a new hard drive and that monday they would give me a new install number if i am going to sue they for not doing their job i was hang up 58 times and lied to 57 times
and i have more then what it take to run the games in windows 7 but they just go back to the desktop or say it is not a 32 bit program
|Comment #17 by: 123 on 27 May 2011, 15:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this ip address from here is a pirated window xp cyber cafe.....please come foward
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