Windows XP Now Calls You A Pirate

If you’re using Windows XP with a product key of dubious origin, you may have noticed that your computer just got a lot more obnoxious.

After a recent Windows update, every time you log-on to XP, the OS frankly tells you that you are a no good, dirty thief. Additionally, an annoying warning balloon perpetually inflates in your system tray, telling you what a scummy jerk you are.

Luckily, it’s just an annoyance. Microsoft’s wording on the messages threatens to turn off security updates, but Microsoft can’t actually do that: any insecure Windows XP box is a threat to every other.

Still, if (like me) you ever lost your key and reinstalled with one of more dubious quality to avoid paying a redundant couple hundred of bucks, this is going to make you start stripping flesh from your face within microseconds.

You may be the victim of software counterfeiting [Coding Horror]

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  1. Chad Cloman says:

    You lost your Windows key? How did that happen?

  2. Paul D says:

    There are ways around this.

    Google “Genuine Advantage”. Or just read this. The cracks and registry tweaks came out mere days after Microsoft released this adorable little security patch.

    Remember, there is no security system Microsoft can devise that cannot be cracked by a motivated individual with a little know-how.

  3. Mary Marsala With Fries says:

    After a few more upgrades it’ll probably say, “Thank you for using Windows. You haven’t paid us any money in a while, have you? Don’t you just feel like a jackass? Well, you should. We’re people too, you know. We need your money! Click the “Pay Us More Now” button right now to feel better about yourself and avoid going to Hell.” -M.

  4. AndyfromIL says:

    I used win2k on a previous laptop, bought on ebay, no backup discs were available. So, system crashes and needs re-install, what to do?

    I had a win2k COA on the bottom of the unit, so I thought I could get a 2k disc from someone else to use my legit code. Wouldn’t work, had to go another route.

    Anyway if my damn box has a COA, I should be able to always use that OS, and not be stealing.

    Dell doesn’t even ship re-install discs(unless you pay extra for them), what do those people do?

  5. thrillhouse says:

    andy-
    Dells shipped sans-a-disc have a restore partition on the HDD with everything you need. Yeah, its no install disc, but its sumthin

  6. AcidReign says:

    …..Image the hard drive on a new computer to a portable drive first thing after you get the thing booted. You won’t be sorry. Hey, it’s Windows. Something WILL go wrong, and you’ll have to wipe and reinstall!

    …..WindowsXP is about 5 years old, now. Most of the computers out there are either too old and too slow to run XP, or were made post-2000, and came with XP. The whole obsession MS has with XP piracy is insane. They’ve basically sold an XP license on every PC made for the last five years! It’s probably the least-pirated OS ever!

  7. thrillhouse says:

    “They’ve basically sold an XP license on every PC made for the last five years! It’s probably the least-pirated OS ever!”

    acid-
    you’re forgetting three things
    1> homebuilding is still big, and many are reluctant to drop 200 bones on XP vs. another gig or 2 of ram
    2> there are entire countries that hack and pirate basically everything (China)
    3> there are entire countries that MS can’t sell to due to US and UN sanctions. All pirated.