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Microsoft now make WGA more annoying for Piaters of XP Pro
SceptreCore 
27/8/08 5:40:26 PM
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Yep, if you have a pirated version of XP Pro, and have been or about to be caught out by the WGA tool, it's about to get more annoying then a notification on startup, and that little bubble that pops up now and then but is easily dispersed.

Read this: Microsoft has updated software that verifies whether a copy of Windows is genuine in its Windows XP Professional edition, making it similar to the notification in Windows Vista and thus more persistently visible to users.

Now when a version of Windows XP Pro is found to be pirated or counterfeit, the next time a user logs on to the system, the desktop screen background will be black, replacing whatever custom desktop may have been set by the user. This will reappear every 60 minutes, even if a user resets the screen's background. Previously, this was not a part of the WGA notification for Windows XP Pro.

Another new feature of the alert system is to put the PC into "persistent desktop notification" mode, with a banner at the bottom of the screen informing the user that the copy of Windows is not genuine. The notification is translucent and users can interact with any objects underneath it; however, it will continue to appear on the screen until a user installs a genuine copy of Windows.

Microsoft said the update to WGA also simplifies the installation of the alert system on Windows XP Pro. In addition, the company has improved its ability to detect non-genuine copies of Windows.


Personally I think it's funny... I am tempted to whack the pirated copy of XP Pro I have on an old system... just to see how annoying it is. :)

If only they had time to code it to tap into people's webcams to see their faces when their desktop backround disappears. :P

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sirsquidness 
27/8/08 6:07:05 PM
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I didn't think it was possible to make it more annoying than it already was, but I suppose I've been proven wrong!

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Master_Scythe 
27/8/08 6:36:50 PM
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cracked in

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there we go. someone somewhere has just figured out a workaround.

Either that, or just like the pirating scene always did. CORPORATE EDITION!

geez. Ive bought all my licences but come on, even i know how to pirate PROPERLY.

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SceptreCore 
27/8/08 6:45:14 PM
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Quote by Master_Scythe
cracked in

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there we go. someone somewhere has just figured out a workaround.

Either that, or just like the pirating scene always did. CORPORATE EDITION!

geez. Ive bought all my licences but come on, even i know how to pirate PROPERLY.

Corporate editions aren't pirated OS's... just acquired through means of who you know, and they are like gold to find!

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smadge1 
27/8/08 7:53:25 PM
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I wondered why windows update wanted to install WGA again.

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hill60606 
27/8/08 11:54:22 PM
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If I wasn't using Linux I'd give it a go...

...with a black desktop, I wonder what it'd change to?

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ozacube 
28/8/08 12:14:41 AM
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You still need a key to go with that corporate edition, and that key is something which can give away a pirated edition, regardless of it being corporate... it is still pirated after all.

And yes, I know this because I've seen corporate install properly only to fail WGA. Indeed, the most common problem picked up by the very first WGA efforts was a bunch of corporate keys.

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SceptreCore 
28/8/08 12:52:41 AM
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Quote by ozacube
You still need a key to go with that corporate edition, and that key is something which can give away a pirated edition, regardless of it being corporate... it is still pirated after all.

And yes, I know this because I've seen corporate install properly only to fail WGA. Indeed, the most common problem picked up by the very first WGA efforts was a bunch of corporate keys.

Well thank god my corporate copy still works.

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1bolHungLo 
28/8/08 5:14:13 AM
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Quote by hill60606
If I wasn't using Linux I'd give it a go...

...with a black desktop, I wonder what it'd change to?



to pink. and your internet explorer favourites will all be changed to gay related websites. :P

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smadge1 
28/8/08 5:25:19 AM
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WGA flags my organisation's corporate key...


Edited by smadge1: 28/8/2008 05:25:40 AM

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SceptreCore 
28/8/08 2:43:26 PM
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Quote by smadge1
WGA flags my organisation's corporate key...


Edited by smadge1: 28/8/2008 05:25:40 AM


Woah that sucks... probably too many copies of it out there then! :)

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smadge1 
28/8/08 2:55:52 PM
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It only flags it if it's not an upgrade, as the corp key is upgrade only.

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SceptreCore 
28/8/08 2:58:48 PM
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Quote by smadge1
It only flags it if it's not an upgrade, as the corp key is upgrade only.

ahhh that's the trouble!

I hate it how you can't use an XP SP3 cd key on an SP2 install.

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osama_bin_athlon 
28/8/08 11:36:14 PM
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Edited by osama_bin_athlon: 28/8/2008 11:37:10 PM

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lunchbox1988 
29/8/08 9:45:02 AM
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I love having legit corporate copies of all windows apps and OS's.

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SceptreCore 
29/8/08 4:19:01 PM
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Quote by lunchbox1988
I love having legit corporate copies of all windows apps and OS's.

Don't you just. My XP corporate takes pride of place in the CD wallet

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G-relk 
29/8/08 5:48:00 PM
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i found me a WVL key for xp pro sp3.

i <3 volume license keys

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29/8/08 10:35:31 PM
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B82R3S 
29/8/08 11:16:41 PM
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out of fairness what happens to the people who allready have a black desktop?

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SceptreCore 
31/8/08 2:30:35 PM
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Quote by B82R3S
out of fairness what happens to the people who allready have a black desktop?


Then the WGA tool be less annoying to them!

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