Microsoft Corrects: No XP SP2 for Pirated Copies
Contrary to some reports, Microsoft confirms that Windows XP SP2 will not install on systems running known pirated copies of Windows XP.Despite reports indicating that Microsoft Corp. was planning to allow users with pirated copies of Windows XP to install Service Pack 2, the company has confirmed to eWEEK.com that this will not be the case. "Recent press reports indicating Windows XP Service Pack 2 will install on pirated or illegal copies of Windows XP are not entirely true," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "Instead, prior to installing, SP2 will check the OS product ID [PID] against a list of known pirated PIDs. If a PID is found to be invalid, SP2 will not install." This behavior is essentially similar to that of Windows XP SP1. Analysts have termed Service Pack 2 a substantial upgrade focusing largely on security enhancements, including a beefed-up firewall with more stringent default settings and a recompilation of large amounts of the operating system with tools designed to defeat common attacks.
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