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  • [4/26/06] Stained Windows! Microsoft to mark illegal copies

    BY CHRISTY LEE S. W.

    PIRATED software users be warned. Microsoft Corp is going to start “nagging” Windows users who do not have a legitimate copy of its operating system (OS).

    Starting tomorrow, the software giant will permanently flag personal computers that are not running a genuine copy of Windows.

    This move affects the six million Windows users in this country, as well as those in the United States, Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

    Industry sources informed In.Tech that the software giant is giving Windows the ability to tell if a user's PC is running a genuine or pirated version of the OS, via an update patch that becomes available from tomorrow.

    The patch takes effect if a PC user has opted to automatically update Windows the moment he goes online. It will also take effect should a PC user manually download the latest Windows updates.

    If the OS is an unauthorised copy, a pop-up dialogue box will appear on the Windows login screen, informing the user that his copy of the OS is counterfeit and that he should get a genuine copy.

    DIALOGUE BOX: The notification that will appear on the login screen. It can be temporarily suppressed by clicking "Resolve Later".
    A notification stating “This copy of Windows is not genuine. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.” is also permanently “tattooed” to the bottom righthand corner of the same screen.

    PIRATE MARK: The "tattoo" that will be permanently affixed to the login screen.
    Another pop-up message which states that “You may be a victim of software counterfeiting. This copy of Windows is not genuine. Click this balloon to resolve now.” will appear at random times whenever the computer is in use.

    WINDOWS DESKTOP: A 'nagulator' notification will pop-up as a system tray bubble every now and then, reminding its user to 'get genuine'.
    The only way to stop the messages from appearing is to replace the OS with a genuine copy, available from any of Microsoft's authorised dealers in the country.



    All together now

    When contacted by In.Tech, Microsoft Malaysia said the Windows update is being released simultaneously in all five countries.

    K.T. Ng, group manager for Windows Client solutions at Microsoft Malaysia, said the update is part of the second wave of the software giant's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) initiative.

    The initiative is aimed at protecting its customers and partners from counterfeit software, he said.

    It is not to punish anyone using pirated copies of Windows, but to better serve Microsoft's genuine users.

    “Genuine Windows users are rewarded with Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE7) and Windows Defender,” said Ng.

    IE7 is an even more secure version of Microsoft's web browser while Windows Defender is an antispyware tool (see In.Tech, April 18 and 20 for more details).

    PC users with systems that have been tattooed will not be able to download IE7 or Windows Defender, but will still receive security patches for Windows.



    Beware the 'nagulator'

    Ng has nicknamed the automatic antipiracy pop-up message system as the “nagulator.”

    He said it would nag users of counterfeit copies of Windows into going legitimate.

    “But if you are a businessman or a corporate executive, it would also be embarrassing to have the nagulator pop-up during a PC-based presentation or during an office visit by clients or potential customers,” he said.

    According to Ng, the nagulator would also alert consumers to counterfeit copies of Windows.

    He said counterfeiters have been able to reproduce Microsoft product packaging to the point where consumers are unable to tell genuine from imitation.

    “Those customers will now have peace of mind,” he said. “Also, users who buy a PC or laptop preloaded with Windows, will be able to check if they are victims of software piracy.”

    Microsoft officially launched its WGA initiative in July last year.

    It estimates that about 200,000 Windows users in Malaysia will have their systems validated tomorrow because they have opted for automatic updates.


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    i put this up because it seems like the "automatic update" is already taking effect on my computer. luckily, i have a legal version of Windows!
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    pfft, crack within 24 hours...
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    • #3
      *disables automatic updates*
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      • #4
        I thought they already had something like that in place, that would kill an OS within 30 days (like when initially setting up). Must be ahead of my time and/or paranoid.

        My automatic updates have been disabled since before I got an Internet account here.
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        • #5
          O shit, this appeared on my computer yesterday. now there's always a blue star on the bottom right side. Hopefully it won't bug me too much

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          • #6
            I don't know if what I'm going to say has anything to do with this, but all the fake serial numbers are not working on Adobe Photoshop!! It's catching all of them and claiming they are "invalid"!! Wtf? First time this happens to me, coz I downloaded it before like so many times after my retarded dad keeps rebooting it and erasing the information on my PC.

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            • #7
              The patch takes effect if a PC user has opted to automatically update Windows the moment he goes online.
              God, Microsoft are silly. Sif have Auto Update enabled.
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              • #8
                ^ i was under the impression that if you don't install this update, you won't be allowed to install any in the future.

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                • #9
                  how u turn off auto updates? lol
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                  • #10
                    i have the star too
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                    but if theyre hot they automatically make good music

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                    • #11
                      this is lame. Vista's coming soon. Ive been using a pirated Windows since 98. I have never paid for one single software. Like someone already said, theyll be a crack for this within a few days.

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                      • #12
                        Good thing mines legit then
                        LOL @ You

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kelsi'dean
                          Good thing mines legit then
                          werd, me too

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                            • #15
                              hhahahaha
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