OS updates only for authenticated Windows installations

By Derek Sooman on January 26, 2005, 4:03 PM
Well, here is something that will have quite a few people upset - Microsoft has announced that it will be limiting access to most software updates to users who authenticate their Windows software. In an effort to broaden its anti-piracy policy (or increase profits, rather) a pilot program that currently encourages mainly US users to reveal the identity of their operating system will be extended to 20 new languages in February.

Microsoft will leverage its download content and access to updates for its software, such as additional content, patches and security fixes, to make purchasing its software more attractive: A pilot program was launched in September of last year, that encouraged users to type in the serial number of their operating system, before they were able to download additional content such as the firm's recently announced anti-spyware.

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Per Hansson said:
Great, now we wont have just Appz, we will also have Patchez :(Really, why do they do this? It just makes a harder time for the people that do buy MS products when the ones that do not spew out worms on the internet simply because they can not patch their machines...I know this for a fact because at Dreamhack (a 5000 people large LAN) there where allot of people that had not installed SP2 or even SP1 on their machines simply because the keys they used where blacklisted for upgrading...Thus resulting in a few hunred machines spewing out viruses in the network so as soon as somebody tried to reinstall their machine with the network cable attached they got the virus _before_ the install was complete!Yes, Windows actually activates the TCP/IP interface, even on a 2003 server machine, before the install is done!!!
Phantasm66 said:
Per, what you have just said is beautiful. Its exactly true.This is how Microsoft wants to improve security? Which, by the way, was one of its recent stated goals?This is about increasing revenue. Its about profit.An operating system should be secure PERIOD and that's that. Making these patches harder to get is just what virus writers want.
smtkr said:
Microsoft--with a gun to our backs pushing us to remove the windows partition we keep in case wine doesn't work so well.
Electrick Gypsy said:
Over the years I've shelled out good hard cash for what i was hoping to be a solid, secure, mainstream operating system.Windows 3.1/Win 95/Win 98/Win 98SE/Win ME and finally Win XP Pro.Add it up people. Microsoft have made a small fortune out of me alone and I still don't have a solid, secure, mainsteam operating system.Their bullying has gone far enough with this 'user'.I've been running Linux in several different flavours over the years and I think the time has come (for me anyway) to trash my Windoze machines and convert everything to something a little more stable, sensible and cheaper.
Phantasm66 said:
With Linux, you get the OS for free, never mind the updates.
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