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microsoft marking all pirated OS' - April 28, 2006, 05:26 AM

April 26, 2006
Pirated software users be warned. Microsoft Corp is going to start “nagging” Windows users who do not have a legitimate copy of its operating system (OS).

Starting tomorrow, the software giant will permanently flag personal computers that are not running a genuine copy of Windows. Industry sources informed In.Tech that the software giant is giving Windows the ability to tell if a user's PC is running a genuine or pirated version of the OS, via an update patch that becomes available from tomorrow.
The patch takes effect if a PC user has opted to automatically update Windows the moment he goes online. It will also take effect should a PC user manually download the latest Windows updates.

If the OS is an unauthorised copy, a pop-up dialogue box will appear on the Windows login screen, informing the user that his copy of the OS is counterfeit and that he should get a genuine copy. A notification stating “This copy of Windows is not genuine. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.” is also permanently “tattooed” to the bottom righthand corner of the same screen. The only way to stop the messages from appearing is to replace the OS with a genuine copy, available from any of Microsoft's authorised dealers in the country.



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April 28, 2006, 06:58 AM

and on april 27th, a reg-hack will be discovered to disable it. That is, if someone hasn't already peeped the code early.

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April 28, 2006, 01:32 PM

of course they have

its a windows update called "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications"
You can uninstall it, or disable it from adding the "banner" to your login screen.

I dunno what the rules are here about this kinda thing... but if anyones interested heres how:

option 1 that most people say worked:
Rename C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data\data.dat to data_o.dat, and it breaks WGANotify without retriggering a reinstall of the update, like renaming the dlls does

or option 2
go to this dir(thats if your windows installed in C

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data

inside you will find a file called Data.dat open that file with notepad and delete all the stuff in it... now save the file and set it as read only and restart pc no more xp that says its not genuine
I just didnt download it with my updates
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April 28, 2006, 04:24 PM

They dont have nothing on people using corporate keys.. lol losers.

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