Pirate Windows? Buy The Retail Version at a $100 Discount
May 15, 2006 2:04 AM
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The counterfeit notification
Clicking the counterfeit notification gives the user the ability to purchase a new license
Upgrading from an openly pirated version of windows costs a mere $149
The checkout process completed
Users running illegal copies of Windows XP are being offered discounted purchase prices
Recently in the
labs we had a test bed machine that was giving us "this copy of Windows is not genuine" messages. Last week we tried to remedy the message by following Microsoft's recommended course of action, which was to verify the copy through its website and purchase a legitimate key. When we attempted to do so, Microsoft's website indicated that the upgrade service was not available to US customers (or any customers as far as we could tell).
On a whim we tried again this evening and it appears that Microsoft has updated its website and now allows US users of pirated or counterfeit versions of Windows XP to buy legitimate keys for $149 each -- a unique key is still required for each computer that runs Windows XP. The full version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional
retails for $249.99
, which means if you purchase the CD and key from Microsoft, there is a net savings of $100. The OEM version of Windows XP can be purchased online from online vendors, but this discounted version requires the purchase of hardware. Microsoft waives all shipping and handling charges, but sales taxes is still added onto the purchase.
The new Genuine Advantage program is intended for unsuspecting users who have inadvertently purchased counterfeit copies of Windows XP. To fight against piracy while allowing honest customers to go legit, Microsoft is allowing users a discounted purchase option while informing users that an authentic Windows XP will benefit from greater support and security. All high risk security updates are still available via Windows Update for illegitimate copies of the operating system, but non-critical updates require legitimate keys.
reported that pirated versions of Windows Vista would be crippled
. It appears that Microsoft will begin using more aggressive tactics to persuade users to purchase legitimate copies of the Windows operating system.
People looking for instant gratification however will be disappointed. Once a customer purchases the "Genuine Advantage Kit" from Microsoft's website, it may take up to 10 days before the product key is sent. Users will also receive a Windows XP CD in the mail, but this will take 2-4 weeks for delivery. A Microsoft Passport account is also required to receive your CD key, but an account can be created for free within a few minutes.
Microsoft previously had a program where users would send in the pirated installation disc as well as a receipt of where the illegal copy of Windows XP or system it came on was purchased from. The requirement was later scratched because it was decided that the process was too much of a hassle for consumers. Microsoft still has other methods of "getting legit," including a program where you can get a free copy of Windows if you reveal the source where you obtained the pirated copy.
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RE: The final call.........
5/15/2006 9:31:46 AM
What kind of Aid Agency would go and hand out copies of Windows? They have higher priorities like food, water, medical supplies, etc.
The people stealing software are usually not the ones who are begging for food and water, they have a place to live, own a computer, but can't afford much on top of that like software that they see selling for $250.
At this point windows should be much cheaper for MS to sell. I mean they've been selling it for many years. Other products as the economy of scale kicks in they get cheaper. But somehow (monopoly) MS is getting away with increasing prices over those years.
Now all of my copies of XP are legal OEM versions purchased with hardware. As you can see we're on a geek web site and pretty much everyone here upgrades regularly anyway, so getting the OEM version is not that big of a deal. But for the guys who don't know any better, all they see is CompUSA and Best Buy prices.
Now, back to your point, stealing... In the long run the people in third world countries stealing copies of windows will eventually be helping MS in their market share as the standard of living increases in those countries. If I were MS I would go and hand out free or very cheap copies on the streets of China and India. They are next in line for massive computer software sales. And as you know MS wants to establish their dominance there.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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