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graeme_7799    0

very clever. wrapping windows right around their finger like that.... finally those bloody pirates will have a challenge ahead of them. but as usual, they will always break through barriers.

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graeme_7799    0
i have 640 in mine.. and mines a legal corperate (hehe from my jr high, just used AIDA32)

can you explain to me just HOW you did that? it sounds interesting. and what is AIDA32 ? i've never heard of it. (for all you freaks who think i'm talking about warez, go to hell because i'm not)

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ramian    0

http://computertimes.asia1.com.sg/news/sto...04,2292,00.html

Microsoft's increasing concern over information security has translated into its decision to bite the bullet and make its upcoming SP2 (Service Pack 2) security patch available to all users - including those using pirated copies of its Windows XP software.

"We haven't explicitly done anything to SP2 to exclude it from pirated copies," said Microsoft group product manager Barry Goffe. The United States-based executive was interviewed via telephone.

This is unlike SP1 (Service Pack 1), which had features to prevent users with pirated copies from downloading it. In SP2's case, the mammoth 80MB to 250MB patch can be downloaded and installed on computers running both legitimate and pirated copies.

Users can also request a free CD copy of SP2, although shipping charges could apply, something which the company has yet to finalise, said Mr Goffe.

"It was a tough choice, but we finally decided that even if someone has pirated copy of Windows, it is more important to keep him safe than it is to be concerned about the revenue issue," he added.

He admitted, however, that it is more than altruism that helped Microsoft come to this decision.

"Having these unsecured users means bigger worm and virus outbreaks - which also impacts the Internet and consequently, our legitimate users as well."

The most visible changes SP2 will introduce to XP is the new Windows Firewall, a renamed, upgraded version of the ICF (Internet Connection Firewall) firewall system that shipped with the original Windows XP, and the new aggressive attitude towards security updates and controls.

Unlike ICF, Windows Firewall is turned on by default, and automatically locks up ports like DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) popular among worm-writers.

New technology allows it to dynamically open and close ports on demand. For example, when an approved online gaming application is given permission to send or receive data over the Net, the port is opened for it, and when the application shuts down, the port is closed.

"We wanted a firewall good enough for most consumers' needs, and we believe Windows Firewall is it," said Mr Goffe.

SP2 will also make XP more aggressive towards sloppy users. For example, features like the automatic patch updating feature or Windows Firewall will no longer go away quietly if ignored, and will continue to pester users to download new patches periodically. To balance this, the company is working on coming up with more user-friendly warnings and reports of any suspicious activities that occur.

Besides these two changes, there are many other under-the-hood security features aimed at "stopping malicious code like worms, phishing attacks like websites that hijack web browsers to trick users into giving out personal information, and improving security against the buffer overrun attacks favoured by virus-writers," said Mr Goffe.

Other than security-related upgrades, SP2 also introduces a much-awaited anti-pop-up ad feature, and is integrated with the Internet Explorer Web browser to allow users to stop pop-ups that the user did not explicitly request.

The service pack is scheduled for a "first half of 2004" launch date, and the company is currently testing its first release candidate or RC1. There is expected to be at least another release candidate tested before the actual patch release.

Meanwhile, Mr Goffe noted that pirate users should not assume that the change of heart in SP2 means that Microsoft is going soft on piracy.

"We have and are developing new technologies to combat piracy for our software, but for SP2 we'll make one exception."

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itsnotabigtruck    0

Mine is an 005 key! (it's a retail legit key :) )

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Samoa    0

Pirates are people too, damn you MS!!!! :crazy:

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allien145    0

right now it really doesnt matter if they will block the keys or not. If they will block the keys in the final version then the next day there will be some sort of a crack or updated keygen all over the net that will quickly fix this. The original copy protection was cracked right ? and then the sp1 key, what makes you think same thing wont happen again ?

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macmax    14

Couldnt get the source sorry guys

bt found this in another forum bt u need 2 login 2 c the messages and post

hxxp://www.nxsecure.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=86658

or i got all the messages in here

http://www.geocities.com/mohan_lagaan/sp2.rtf

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Gunjack    0

Prolly just M$ doing this in the certain builds just to scare off pirates. But ye be warned, pirates are scared of nye!!! AAARRRR!!!

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Redestium    1

Read ramian's post. This is a non-issue.

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CrashG    439

Arrgh, Pirates win again matey :devil:

If people want something bad enough, they WILL find a way.

It would've only been a matter of time before there was a patch\crack\fix for it anyway.

Edited by CrashGordon

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Joswin    25

There already was CrashGordon. There was a new keygen that let you choose what PID you got and instantley made a key for you.

But it seems MS have changed their minds now. Which is a good thing, why bother when they know people will just get around it and that the people that 'think' they have legit copies will end up being left open to the latest worm and just making it worse for everyone else (including MS's reputation).

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CrashG    439
There already was CrashGordon. There was a new keygen that let you choose what PID you got and instantley made a key for you.

My point exactly.

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Klownicle    64
My Product ID is - 755 -

I have Windows Xp Pro - Retail :D

Ditto

XXXXX-011-XXXXXXX-XXXXX

:whistle:

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Steven P.    13,599

Well thanks for this news but since when does neowin allow members to discuss ways of getting around the restrictions Microsoft makes for pirated versions of Windows XP?.

All members participating in activate conversations on circumventing the blocks put in place to combat piracy have been warned and/or restricted for a set time period. Please do respect our rules and also use some common sense here. You'd think a site like Neowin with very close ties to Microsoft would have people from Microsoft monitoring certain topics (and they do), so in a nutshell its a little retarded to actually claim to your fellow members that you are the reason for the high pricing of Windows XP and its related products, and its even more silly to set yourself up or a restriction from this wonderful community.

Jeez, wouldn't it be nice if some people actually used their brain before posting?

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