Microsoft to mark illegal copies

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  1. rajat22

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    Microsoft to mark illegal copies
    Written by VRiO
    26.04.2006
    Source:http://bugsforum.com/
    Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of local PC users running pirated Windows operating systems will soon face the shame of being reminded of their illegal action every time they switch on their machines. The feature will be added to the operating system by Microsoft Corp from tomorrow and cannot be erased. It will nag the guilty users and can be awkward if it shows up on corporate PCs. Current users of PCs running pirated Windows will find their machines “tattooed” the next time they update the operating system.
    Basically, a message stating “This copy of Windows is not genuine …” will be permanently affixed to the operating system’s login screen, and a similar message will randomly pop up on the desktop whenever the machine is in use.

    The anti-piracy move is being kicked off in five countries tomorrow – the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia.

    Users whose machines have been affected will only be able to get rid of the tattoo if they install a genuine copy of Windows. Prices range from RM320 for a copy of Windows XP Home (OEM version) to RM510 for Windows XP Pro (OEM version).

    “Or they can put up with being ‘nagged’ by the pop-up message every time they use their computers,” said K.T. Ng, group manager for Windows Client solutions at Microsoft Malaysia.

    If they were businessmen or corporate executives, it would be embarrassing if their clients saw the tattoo indicating that a pirated copy of Windows was being used, he said.

    According to Ng, the move was aimed at better serving Microsoft’s genuine users.

    For example, he said, counterfeiters had been able to reproduce Microsoft product packaging to the point where consumers were unable to tell genuine from imitation.

    “The pop-up message would immediately alert consumers to counterfeit copies of Windows, such as when they buy a new notebook or PC,” he said.

    If a user has unknowingly received an illegal copy of the operating system, he will be able to report the vendor concerned by clicking on the “Get Genuine” button at the login screen.

    Machines that have been tattooed will still be able to receive software updates for the operating system, but will not be allowed to download Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE7) and Windows Defender.

    IE7 is the new, more secure version of Microsoft’s web browser while Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program.
     
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    Yaawwwn.....all the above untill somone creates a hack
     
  3. RCuber

    RCuber The Mighty Unkel!!!

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    yea i also think this is only till some one creats a patch for that :p
     
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    In true indian spirit . We will never mind them .
     
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    tarey_g Hanging, since 2004..

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    who cares , someone will find a workaround for sure, as it happens always .
     
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    even if there is not a workaround then also, who cares if we can save more than Rs. 5000 :)
     
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    chill guys,
    the piracy gurus are also reading this!
     
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    QwertyManiac Commander in Chief

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    Stupid idea, will only persuade the user to opt for greener pastures, rather than buy a genuine one and spend half his time activating and passing Windows Activation... and whats with the pop up, a System Mechanic Pop-up Blocker blocks system windows as well as internet windows, so its of no use :p
     
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    I think Resource Hacker & regedit will do the job :D
     
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    Edit: fatbeing
    Please don't help the pirates. Let them figure it out on their own.
     
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    so is it like only if u update this patch, then your system goes down the drain... and wad about reformatting...??? could anyone pls explain how thisiz gonna work.....
     
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    Another stupid MS idea!!!!!!!!!! Microsoft never learns from lessons. I think Ms should reduce cost of Windows to make it affordable so everyone will be able to buy it. Or every PC maker decides to bundle windows with their PC. No use of this stupid ideas......
     
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    its a nutty idea. MS night have thought that hackers wont spare this. and what about Win 98? i thought they have stopped support?
     
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    They better get Vista running than trying to catch the pirates( or stop them)...if they go abt like this, we arent gonna c vista till the next decade :D
     
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    hehehehe... the giant is still in its slumber!!!!!!!!!!11
     
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    IE7 and Windows Defender sucks so even if MS blocks us from downloading it no problemo.... this is a very bad idea...and it will have no effect on their falling sales of Windows XP....We don't care....!!!
     
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    Well, as there was there will be a workaround for that and ms cannot defeat india in its pirated copies.
     
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    This thread is posted on 26th and since today is the 28th I guess the crack for this has already been posted on the Crack Sites

    :)
     
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    LOL, dont let good ol' Bill read this ;)
    seems he is more busy with Origami....so he is doing stupid things around with XP
     
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    well i agree , i think even if this will happen people will not face ashame here because everyone around me will carry that massage , ya the people who won't carry this massage will b in our country may b laughed at because of the extra bucks they have spend for IE7 . lol
     
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