SP2 available for legal & Pirate versions

  Djohn 01:54 10 May 2004

click here Microsoft is making it's soon to be released SP2 patch available as a free download to both legal and pirate versions of XP.

They are not changing their stance on piracy but making a one off allowance on this occasion as they feel this will give more protection to licenced users. Full story in the link. j.

  anchor 09:36 10 May 2004

Thanks for the link. It clarifies what SP2 does.

  deke 13:45 10 May 2004

someone at microsoft has been busy


  Stuartli 17:44 10 May 2004

It's still some way from final release.

  Djohn 18:33 10 May 2004

I think the release can be timed in weeks rather than months. FE says he is already testing the pre-release version.

  Forum Editor 19:47 10 May 2004

be one more pre-release beta, I'm currentlly running Release Candidate 1

If Microsoft follow their usual policy there'll be a second Release Candidate in a couple of weeks, and then the final release - sometime towards the end of June I would imagine.

  powerless 22:12 10 May 2004
  powerless 18:51 11 May 2004
  Stuartli 16:46 12 May 2004

(Credit for TechSpot.com):

May 11th:

For a moment I almost convinced myself that Microsoft was acting in good faith by letting pirated copies of Windows XP use the upcoming Service Pack 2 that includes many security enhancements. The good news didn't last long however, Microsoft has now corrected previous reports and confirmed that SP2 will only install on licensed copies of the Operating System.

"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.

This come as a surprise because of previous reports quoting Microsoft employees, in the other hand, I can already hear the voices of many blaming Microsoft for this decision.

To round things up... SP2 being offered even to pirate copies would have shown a lot of sensitivity from the software giant (who holds a large and wealthy bank account, btw) however we should admit that they are not doing anything wrong in protecting its flagship product from pirates in a large scale... aside from any issues you may have with MS, it's common business practice IMO.

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