No need to worry, Microsoft will let you know. The company is now pushing an update that will notify users of such copies with nag screens, asking to "legalise" their copies.
I just came to my desktop this morning to find this update waiting to be applied:
According to an article on The Star Online, this update will be deployed to Microsoft Windows users in the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. The article also says
The patch takes effect if a PC user has opted to automatically update Windows the moment he goes online. It will also take effect should a PC user manually download the latest Windows updates.What's wrong here? First the market. Why not target the Chinese, Singaporean, Thai and South American markets where the piracy is more evident than in these four countries?
If the OS is an unauthorised copy, a pop-up dialogue box will appear on the Windows login screen, informing the user that his copy of the OS is counterfeit and that he should get a genuine copy.
A notification stating “This copy of Windows is not genuine. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.” is also permanently “tattooed” to the bottom righthand corner of the same screen.
Another pop-up message which states that “You may be a victim of software counterfeiting. This copy of Windows is not genuine. Click this balloon to resolve now.” will appear at random times whenever the computer is in use.
Also, as noted in the Geekzone Forums, too little and too late: Windows XP is almost at the end of its life cycle (although support shall be provided way beyond the Windows Vista release date of course).
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