This bites… According to some of the posts on Microsoft’s Channel 9 it appears that Microsoft is going to allow WinXP SP2 to install on all versions on Win XP. Now XP SP1 wouldn’t install on pirated copies of the OS, however this doesn’t seem to be the case for SP2.
Why? Some people have commented that installing SP2 on the pirated machines will make the web a safer place for us all as these machines will not be able to become zombies used for spamming etc.. Now, this argument doesn’t hold any water with me because as you know, every Microsoft update/patch is supposed to make your machine more secure, increase stability and so forth, but the virus, bugs and exploits keep coming and being found.. So will having pirated copy of XP running SP2 make the web a better place for the rest of us? I think not.
Another argument concerns people who purchased a copy of XP but weren’t/aren’t aware that it was a pirate copy. SP2 will make their machines safe, (considering they did purchase an OS, even if its not official) which is fair. However it still gives the pirates something for nothing… And that annoys me.. I have a copy of WinXP Home and XP Pro and they cost me and probably more than normal because I wanted the English version and live in Denmark.
So should XP SP2, just refuse to install on pirated copies.. No. It should completely deactivate pirate copies. Give then 24 hours to back up their files and bang.. No more.. Display a screen telling people that their version is a pirate copy, tell them to contact their vendor if they purchased the copy and give them a mechanism to report vendors who are shipping pirated versions of the OS.
That’s just my opinion, I’m protective of what I buy and people who disagree with me probably have a pirated copy (probably)!