Microsoft Silently Rolls Out Anti-Hack Update For Vista

The release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 not only heralded a long-awaited update of the operating system, it also meant the end of two common Windows Vista anti-activation exploits - the Grace Timer exploit and the Paradox OEM BIOS activation crack. But those who think they can escape by not updating to Service Pack 1 would be sadly mistaken.

That's because Microsoft has surreptitiously released an anti-hack detection update via Windows Update. Those who chose to have Windows Vista install updates automatically would have this update installed and running by now. If you chose to manually select updates to be installed, you should find this update listed.

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Those who chose to have Windows Vista install updates automatically would have this update installed and running by now.

I got this last night, but I'm running a legal version so it doesn't bother me. I really doubt anyone who's running a pirated version is running it with automatic updates on tho, for exactly this reason.

Plus, there are other workarounds to the activation nonsense anyways. Activation has really only adversely affect legit users.

(DrCheese said @ #2)

I got this last night, but I'm running a legal version so it doesn't bother me. I really doubt anyone who's running a pirated version is running it with automatic updates on tho, for exactly this reason.

+1. If you run automatic updates on a non-legal copy of Windows, you're in idiot (I'm running genuine Vista Home Premium, BTW; I'm not a Windows pirate).

(MightyJordan said @ #2.2)

+1. If you run automatic updates on a non-legal copy of Windows, you're in idiot (I'm running genuine Vista Home Premium, BTW; I'm not a Windows pirate).

+1. I'm running a legal version of Windows Vista Ultimate. And a legal version of Office 2007 (Pro Plus)

(Foub said @ #2.1)
Activation has really only adversely affect legit users.

In what way? I have been using a legit/genuine Windows ever since MS started using genuine advantage and never had any issues with it. So what are the problems that legit users should have? Re-activation after a major hardware change? Actually that is something you know from the start and all it takes is a tollfree call to MS to solve it, less than 10 minutes really so it is hardly a problem.

(DawnUnder2002 said @ #2.4)

In what way? I have been using a legit/genuine Windows ever since MS started using genuine advantage and never had any issues with it. So what are the problems that legit users should have? Re-activation after a major hardware change? Actually that is something you know from the start and all it takes is a tollfree call to MS to solve it, less than 10 minutes really so it is hardly a problem.

well i activated my windows vista with sp1 copy when i switched to vista in late march of this year but after it was activated i changed some driver or something and had to reactivate, whats up with that cause i thought it was only supposed to complain with something like a mobo change etc.

(DawnUnder2002 said @ #2.4)
In what way? I have been using a legit/genuine Windows ever since MS started using genuine advantage and never had any issues with it. So what are the problems that legit users should have? Re-activation after a major hardware change? Actually that is something you know from the start and all it takes is a tollfree call to MS to solve it, less than 10 minutes really so it is hardly a problem.

lol, not really trying to be offensive here, but only issues I run into with that have to do with speaking to an Indian and trying to understand the letters and numbers he's speaking. :P

God bless them though, they have patience.

(DawnUnder2002 said @ #2.4)
In what way? I have been using a legit/genuine Windows ever since MS started using genuine advantage and never had any issues with it. So what are the problems that legit users should have? Re-activation after a major hardware change? Actually that is something you know from the start and all it takes is a tollfree call to MS to solve it, less than 10 minutes really so it is hardly a problem.

I've had nothing but trouble with it. It can't tell the difference between a hardware update and a software one. I've had it deactivate many times just for updating my drivers, on both XP and Vista. It even deactivates with minor hardware updates as well. Blaming the hardware is lame. Pirates will always find a way around this petty annoyance.

As for calling India to beg for permission to continue using something I paid for I have far too much self-respect to have to continuously do that. I don't know about you, though......

only issues I run into with that have to do with speaking to an Indian and trying to understand the letters and numbers he's speaking.

As for calling India to beg for permission to continue using something I paid for I have far too much self-respect to have to continuously do that.

Its fully automated here in the UK ... you dont talk to anyone.

I have legit licenses for windows, but I chose to use a pirate image purely for the convenience (it was an Ultimate +SP1 disk that had both x86 and x64 installations on it, which is great for me as I wanted to experiment with that stuff). If there ever really is a problem with this, I can just put in my legit key, but so far I haven't noticed any warnings or errors or anything and I'm pretty sure I've installed this.
But then again, I'm not even sure what "crack" this disk used >_>

Exactly, people have had no problems cracking SP1 and this just bring Pre-SP1 machines up to where the updated machines already are. I doubt this will really have any impact at all.

I never use the automatic update service, as I want to know what is going to get installed on my system.

Microsoft is not sending security updates to protect us but security updates to protect themselves.

(C_Guy said @ #5.1)
"but security updates to protect themselves."

Isn't it sad that they have to do that? Thanks, pirates!

Go work for M$ and put your pathetic corporate love affair to some use.

Get ready for the non-legit users to complain! (Too late they already are).

So far there hasn't been any impact on legit users.

I have a legal license for Windows Vista Ultimate (relatively unused) and for Office 2007 Ultimate. I also have an XP Pro license that is currently being used.

well, just to see what would happen, I installed this update on my not so legal version of vista home premium SP1, didnt phase me at all, my guess is that this update dectects the paradox OEM emulation as its being installe,d I dont think it will detect it afterwards.

Same here Mystnight, my activation and everything is still intact and the KB940510 was installed on March 13, 08

I've had the Paradox installed since 07/19/07 so this must be the "after the fact" installs that it detects.

Check out the pic

I'm surprised all the talk going on here about people pirating windows. If this was a thread it would have been locked by now.

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