Microsoft blocks update for pirated copies of XP

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  1. virividox macrumors 601

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  2. dopefiend macrumors 6502

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    There already is ;)
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    ^^Whoa, that was quick. :p

    Almost everybody I know who uses Windows does not use legitimate software. This includes all the people at my old Uni residence. I'm not exaggerating.
     
  4. krimson macrumors 65816

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    it's only blocking 20 Product ID's, if you didn't use them, then this wouldn't apply.
    All you'd have to do is re-register with a valid PID (Call Microsoft for a valid one :rolleyes: ), and you'd be fine.
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    They did the same thing when SP1 was released, though I honestly don't know why they bother, anyone who wants to get round it will do easily.
     
  6. zulgand04 macrumors regular

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    so how do u work around this? im clueless when it comes to windows especially xp.

    -Neal
     
  7. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    No offence, but nobody is going or willing to tell you here. Did you read the FAQ? No warz, serialz, hacks (sort of), ect.

    ahahahha. This is exactly the reason I'm sticking with W2K Pro.

    You think MS would of though of this before now. :rolleyes:
     
  8. cjc343 macrumors 6502

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    my copy won't be part of those 20.... I know that. ;)
     
  9. zulgand04 macrumors regular

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    oh yeah sorry bout that, i totally forgot that part. oops :(
     
  10. wesli_1 macrumors member

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    I know how to get around it -

    Buy a copy of windows so you have a legitimate CD key!

    If you don't want to reformat you can easily change the CD key by reactivating windows (change a flag in the registry which says whether or not windows has been activated).
     
  11. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    How does MS know those 20 serial numbers are widly distributed? What if, say a large corporation had installed Windows XP Pro on 10,000 computers. Will MS think that all those 10,000(or what ever the number happens to be) copies of XP are pirated?
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    They will know what companies have had volume license keys issued to them. They will also know what VLK's have been distributed over the web (really not hard to find!), and will black list them, just like they did with the "devils own" VLK when SP1 was released.
     
  13. zulgand04 macrumors regular

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    yeah i know, but i never use it anyways so its really no big deal i always use my PB or iMac with panther so much nicer, the only reason i dl xp was to see how it was, but in my opion it really does suck.

    -Neal
     
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  15. wdlove macrumors P6

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    IMHO it is wrong to use a pirated copy. I can see the reason why PC users would due, they definitely don't need the money. It would seem that you need to be computer savvy to get away with the pirate version.
     

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