Microsoft to clampdown on piracy.

Posted by salparadise on Jan 26, 2005 6:46 AM EDT
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Microsoft says it is clamping down on people running pirated versions of its Windows operating system by restricting their access to security features.

The Windows Genuine Advantage scheme means people will have to prove their software is genuine from mid-2005.

It will still allow those with unauthorised copies to get some crucial security fixes via automatic updates, but their options would be "limited".

Microsoft releases regular security updates to its software to protect PCs.

Either PCs detect updates automatically or users manually download fixes through Microsoft's site.

Those running pirated Windows programs would not have access to other downloads and "add-ons" that the software giant offers.

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