Windows 7 update aimed at pirates, lands next week

By Matthew
Feb 12, 2010
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  1. Microsoft revealed yesterday that it would release an update for Windows 7 to patch numerous holes used by pirates to bypass Windows Activation Technologies. General manager of Microsoft's Genuine Windows division, Joe Williams, told CNET that the software giant will plug more than 70 activation hacks.

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  2. here we go xp sp2 again. why do they even bother to talk about things they dont do ? there's better ways to get pr.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,229   +314

    "If you don't install the patch, you will still be permitted to download other Windows updates."

    Not sure what this means. So if you're a pirate, you can just skip this patch and then continue to download updates?
  4. isamuelson

    isamuelson Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    Just goes to show how this doesn't work as well as they would like yet it sticks it to those of use that are legit users.
  5. otester

    otester Newcomer, in training Posts: 41

    There has been one like this before, theres one on Vista as well.

    Just don't install it.... lol.

    If they put it in SP1 and make SP1 compulsory (for certain apps/games), there will either be a hack for it or I'll go Ubuntu (now DX9/DX10 compatible).
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,019   +83 Staff Member

    Yep, according to Joe Williams anyway.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +62

    so its aimed at dumb pirates?
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,019   +83 Staff Member

    Or folks that don't realize they're running Windows illegitimately, I guess.
  9. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,062   +69

    Is Joe Williams mentally retarded? Someone at Microsoft needs to go find that man's baseball.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,699   +586

    Presumably these pirates be sailing on the Ship of Fools then.....now where that crazy cap'n Ballmer go ?
  11. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Who the hell would manually download this? Obviously people running hacked copies wouldn't, and anyone running a real copy wouldn't take the time to download more crapware...
  12. tropical36

    tropical36 Newcomer, in training

    Try this Ubuntu download http://wubi-installer.org/ which installs without having to partition your hard drive or use another computer and can be uninstalled at any time just like any other program. It gives you the opportunity to boot into either OS at startup or will go to windows default after 60 seconds.
    Once you review this totally free OS including optional free software, you have to ask yourself why windows is still in existence. It certainly wouldn't be if this would have been available before MS got their foot planted squarely in the doorway and I think the difference will come about if and when Google comes out with a Linux based system. Having a famous name behind this system will make all the difference in the world.
  13. Hey Joe! Say it isn't so. What are they smoking over at Microsoft these days.
     
  14. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Except most windows 7 pirates(my brother) got a copy thats a reusable OEM from a laptop. If windows disables that then thousands of HP laptops get deactivated. So double fail for MS.
  15. Clrabbit

    Clrabbit Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    The point of this update isn't to swat the normal user pirate that Dl's there copy off the net. It's targeted (and all of the past one's have all been targeted towards) PC-repair, and Customer build places that put a Pirated copy of windows on a PC and charge the user full price. So as a real example: you grab this update, If you took you're system in to be fixed and decided to just have it updated when they told you it needed to be reformatted and you want to check if its legit. "Yes I know every body here including my self is likely A+ certified and can fix there own system, BUT there are tons of people out there who do this."

    Really as far as I can tell MS doesn't care that much if a couple million people pirate there OS they just don't like people selling pirated copies as real. Most people who are going to take the time and energy to pirate windows them selfs are them same group that would rather just jump ship then pay for a new copy, And it's better for MS if they stick to Windows more user's = More reason for High paying Developers to stay with there OS.
  16. JudaZ

    JudaZ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 292

    This actually sound resonable. Lots of the activations hacks they cant prevent without causing problems for a lot of OEM machines. But hunting people selling computers with a pirated software, there is where they actually loose a lot of money.

    so if this is their aim, I say good on you Microsoft.

    I pirate myself from time to time, but selling and making money of pirated software is something I really hate. It's something only scum do in my opinion.

    Most people pirate because they cant afford to buy a legitimate copy of something, so its really not a real loss for the manufactutrer. But if people sell pirated software for almost full price, there is an actuall real loss of profit.The unknowing customer gets screwed and also the manufacturer, in this case Microsoft.

    If i cant afford something, i cant buy it. Then if get it for free...what have they really lost? I would never had bought it anyway, because i cant.
  17. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Booster Posts: 997   +37

    Ohhhhh buddy, I like the words in your post. They make me happy and tingly inside.

    And sorry for making that weird, but Linux fans could understand, maybe. ;)
  18. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Booster Posts: 997   +37

    Guilty. However, I don't charge for that itself for morality reasons. (Of course some would see problems in this and call me a hypocrite) I only charge for the time it took me to install. Good thing I've only done this to a few computers.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,004   +710

    It's Like Deja Vu al over again

    Whoa..., that sounds like something from the vice presidential debates. You couldn't be Sarah Palin... or could you?

    In fairness to you, I don't actually think Ms Palin is that articulate. I'm pretty sure she used "ain't".
    I wonder if "programmer's block" is on the list of approved usage for medical marajuana.
    I think that something less than "full disclosure" would have been more prudent and acceptable in this post.

    My redacted version, for your approval.
  20. Badfinger

    Badfinger Newcomer, in training Posts: 160

    I don't get this announcement at all, don't say anything and just cripple the non-paying PCs until their 'dispute' is resolved?
    Must be to avoid some ridiculous lawsuit when it cripples misdiagnosed versions, somewhere?
  21. Back up my windows 7 with acronis which is also a pirate version, I'm sure someone with hack it after Microsoft sends out the wga tool. Give it a few weeks or may days before it's hacked again!
  22. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,570   +41

    Windows xp wont let you get past sp1 without genuine activation. I bet they will do the same thing with windows 7 and vista regarding this patch. This is probably a prototype(for lack of better word), they probably do not want to force it on windows 7 users until they know it wont cause big problems. If that's the case and I assume it is then good job not forcing a buggy patch down my throat.
  23. Or you could have just installed a pirate version of SP3 and not had to bother with the "genuine activation" bs in the first place.. Which is what I did back when I was running Windows because I refused to put up with that nonsense in the first place, not because I couldn't afford a legit copy of the OS. That, snagging the latest DirectX versions out of the developers packs, which don't have any of that "validation" nonsense on them, and shutting down all those unnecessary "features" microsoft likes to leave active by default.. and you don't miss out on anything important security wise, plus Microsoft's "Ransomware" doesn't phone home to check up on you.

    Now I've just switched to Linux, and I'm really happy to not have to bother with anymore of Redmond's mental illness.
  24. Great news!

    Because now these posers have doubt, what is the point of using a hacked version anyways..?

    $140 really isn't that much if you need Windows 7... so those who use an illegitimate copy have no rational reason, they are just scum. If you don't need Windows, then Linux is there for free. If you do need Windows... do you NEED 7?

    If not, then you are a pozer who wants to own, but without paying.



    Cost?

    Hardly.. I'm quite sure that 4 months of internet service is more than the cost of Windows. You're here, so the cost is moot. It the idea that you are stealing or hating on MS... while at the same time you want their product. So ironic that some went threw the trouble to install a hacked version.

    Funny isn't it? Super Johnny is'nt so super, when his budz see that he a poser!
  25. Or, people might have more important things to take care of, like children & families that doesn't feel the necessary expense to line Microsoft's pockets with more money for 1/2-assed software that wasn't properly tested, and rushed to release to make more money. This has been going on since the release of Windows 95. We, the consumer, have been paying for beta-software that has never been truely ready and polished for release. And we keep doing it, at least some do, and that's what they want to keep happening. So, any of the sheep that follow what Microsoft dictates, go for it. If it's not your way, I say keep on truckin' & keep on keepin' on. I, for one, will consistantly refuse to pay for software that isn't complete upon release, and necessary to patch weekly because it was rushed and 1/2-assed developed. You don't see this kind of crap with games for the PC, because they are polished & properly tested, and those are things that I WILL pay for (and always have).

    Untill Redmond decides to get their collective heads from their behinds, I will never pay for another version of windows. They got their $100 for my version of XP, and that's the last cent that they will receive from my pocket. There's always someone that makes their WGA null & void, and it's not going to stop. Windows 7 was available 0-day release the same time that OEM was receiving it. So it's a non-ending battle that Microsoft has to just accept and deal with it. OR, like I said before, release a polished and completed product that doesn't necessitate patching every week.
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