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    Is Your OS Legal?

    Experienced this personally yesterday. An omen of things to come for those with pirated software?
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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    Happened to me too. I think MS is preparing to stop updates for illegal versions.

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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    Have not seen it yet but in principal I do not mind if it helps cut down on pirated software. One reservation I have is can they guarantee that if the software is eventually used to block pirated copies being updated that it will not block any genuine software in error.

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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    You have the same gurantee that you have that the Registration/Activation Wizard will not one day prevent you from booting your system. And Dan Rather has the documents to prove it!
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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    John,

    An acquaintance of mine is running a pirated copy of Windows XP Home. He asks me all the time for system support and I keep telling him that I will not help him with Windows issues until he gets a legitimate copy. He decided to get the Windows XP SP2 on CD based on a rumour he heard that MS would probably allow the SP2 to be applied. Haaaa! When he attempted to apply SP2 the update told him that it could not verify his product key and pointed him to this site. It would not allow the update!!! Yeh!!!

    He asked what he should do. Again I told him to buy a legit copy and stop trying to beat the system.

    So, it looks like MS have cut off the pirates... until they figure out a way around the product key issue.

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    This was happening during Beta. The WAREZ copies would have problems on almost ALL of the different builds.

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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    Hi Bob,

    I thought I had read (probably mistakenly) that MS was going to allow even illigitimate versions to update to SP2 if for no other reason than to try and stem the tide of worms and trojans in the wild. Not that I have any sympathy for those running pirate copies, but I wonder about the effect on the rest of the computing community in allowing these systems to remain unpatched and a threat to others. I also wonder if this is a random situation. I too have a few <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> friends who are running pirate copies and they have applied SP2 successfully <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29> .
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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    I think you will find that MS is blocking those "Known" pirated copies. Many are from legal "Site" licenses that MS does not know about.

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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    John,

    We must have read the same article about MS maybe allowing pirated copies to be upgraded for the reasons you stated.

    I just checked the archives of messages with my acquaintance. At one time I had asked him to send me the findings of Belarc Advisor. In that screen was the following... "Microsoft - Windows XP Professional 55274-640-0000356-23257 (Key: FCKGW-RHQQ2-YXRKT-8TG6W-2B7Q8). At the time I remembered something I had seen on the web about keys beginning with FCKGW. Another search at the time indicated that was one of the keys used in pirated copies. That's when I advised my acquaintance of his pirated copy. When I questioned him further, he advised me that his son-in-law installed it for him with a "nudge-nudge-wink-wink".

    The message he received when trying to install SP2 was "The product key used to install Microsoft Windows may not be valid. For more information about why you have received the error message, and steps you can take to resolve this issue, visit www.howtotell.com". After he received that message the install canceled and sent him back to the desktop.

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    Right Bob. "FCKGW" etc. was one of the first copies that floated around the net shortly after XP was released. If memory serves me correctly, some of these were not even allowed SP1. Still wondering whether or not that's a wise decision on the part of MS. I am in full agreement that MS is totally justified in their campaign against pirated software, but if they are going to disallow updates, why not simply disable these "known" copies to further enhance the security of legitimate users? There are WAREZ programs which can generate a "legitimate" key but I'm sure that MS has reverse engineered these programs as well and I assume that they can also home in on these generated keys.
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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    As I understand it, Microsoft has not added any more product keys to the "I don't like you" list. It remains the same as it was for SP1. That means that any widely pirated key won't work if it was on the original list. As was noted, site license keys that are floating about are not going to be affected. Yet, anyway.

    I personally think a lot more people would go legitimate if they did not have to pay such a premium for a copy of Windows XP. I don't want to open a can of worms and have this thread veer too far off course, but the reason many people pirate to begin with is because they do not want to pay steep fees for their software.
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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    I want a Caddy but I only want to pay the price of a junker Ford?

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    Re: Is Your OS Legal?

    Sounds about right, but don't forget people like <img src=/S/wolfman.gif border=0 alt=wolfman width=18 height=24> who would prefer to build a go-kart out of spare parts... <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    It is my considered opinion that, Microsoft charges so much for XP because they have to pay the XP team to continue to create patches and updates for the flawed software that they foisted on the public 3 years ago !!! <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23>
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