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News - September 18, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / September 17, 2004 11:49 PM PDT

Microsoft trials piracy lock on Download Center

As part of its efforts to combat software piracy, Microsoft Corp. is testing a new feature on its Download Center Web site that can lock out pirated copies of Windows.

During the test period, users of Download Center can opt to have the Windows software installed on their PCs validated as genuine. If the operating system is a legitimate copy, users will get access to all Microsoft downloads. If not, they will be shown information on software piracy before they can download the software they selected.

The Download Center (http://microsoft.com/downloads) offers many Microsoft downloads, including MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player and security updates. However, it is not the same as Windows Update or Automatic Updates, the Web site and service commonly used to get security fixes and updates from Microsoft.

Microsoft is testing the Windows piracy check to find out how it can curtail software piracy by providing better service to users of legal, licensed copies of the operating system, said David Lazar, a director in Microsoft's Windows Client group.


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