Windows Vista SP1 Overhauls WGA

According to Microsoft, Windows Vista piracy rate is already less than half of Window XP's, but this is still not enough for the Redmond giant.

The first Windows Vista Service Pack's primary goal is to fix the new operating system's security holes and bugs as well as to boost its performance. Microsoft, however, plans to take advantage of the much anticipated service pack in another way: to make Windows hackers' lives harder.

According to Microsoft, the new service pack will put a stop to the 2 main Windows Vista activation hacks: The OEM BIOS hack where hackers modify the computer's BIOS to make it look like a licensed OEM BIOS, and the 2099 Hack which extends Windows Vista activation grace period to the year 2099.

The new service pack will also change the way Windows Vista handles inactivated installations past the grace period. "Under this new system, no features will be disabled. Instead it will be a notification-based experience similar in some ways to what we have done with XP. A user of a system that has not been activated and gone through the 30-day grace period to activate will, when logging in on the 31st day, see a dialog box on a plain black background," said Microsoft group product manager Alex Kochis.

"That will give them two options: Activate Windows now, which will bring up all the options to do this, and activate Windows later, which takes them directly to their desktop, which will be exactly the same as it had been the last time they used it, except that there will be a plain black background and a message in the lower right hand corner over the system tray telling them that their copy of Windows is not genuine," Kochis added.

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Windows Vista SP1 Overhauls WGA

" their desktop, which will be exactly the same as it had been the last time they used it, except that there will be a plain black background and a message in the lower right hand corner over the system tray telling them that their copy of Windows is not genuine," lol like people who are stealing windows give a damn about that

Windows Vista SP1 Overhauls WGA

Indeed. Microsoft claims Vista has around 10% of the market after almost 1 year. Weak by any standards.All that anti piracy crap they add, sadly affects only the honest user at the end, the one who later has to call because he upgraded or because WGA marked his copy as illegal even if it isn't.

Windows Vista SP1 Overhauls WGA

Anonymousat 7:58 7/12/2007Makes you wonder why Microsoft is going through the trouble plugging its holes in Windows Vista all in an effort to change your wallpaper.Nice one Microsoft!==> Yeah but at least for a change microsoft was pretty reasonable about it.

Windows Vista SP1 Overhauls WGA

f**k Vista. I guess my pirated version isn't going to last much longer. Ohh well.. haven't noticed much of an improvement with DX10 anyway. Ill just keep booting into XP on my tripple boot OS.Vista=GamesLinux=Waiting for them to get their s**t together.XP=Workhorse

Windows Vista SP1 Overhauls WGA

I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT MY PIRATE VISTA VERSION DUALBOOTED WITH LINUX !!!!MICROSHIIIIIIIITT THE LESS CAN DO IS DO A GOOD ANTI PIRACY SYSTEM ALL THEIR FUUUUUUUUCKING ATTEMPTS NEVER WORKED WHY THIS ONE WILL WORK?IS JUST THING TO GET A NEW CRACK OR A CRAKED SERVICE PACK 1 VERSIONFUUUUUUUUUUUUCK THE EMPIRE OF EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BILL GAYTES AND HER SHIIITTY ANTIPIRACY TRIES AND CONDEMENED TO BE HACKED FOREVER!!!!!!!!!AND FUUUUUCK YOU M$s**t SUPPORTERS YOU ARE A BLIND FAGGETS COZ YOU SUPPORT THE EMPIRE OF EVIL !!!

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