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 PostPost subject: Deactivating Windows        Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:11 pm 
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My IT teacher told me that if someone is pirating either Windows XP or Vista, Microsoft can break into that person's PC, and send a program to it to deactivate Windows so that when the person next turns on their PC, they will get a big schock to find it has ''somehow deactivated itself''. Is this true?

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This is partly true, although its not classed as breaking in.

If you do some research into WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage), you will find that they can de-activate and give the user a warning. However WGA was a opt-in update.


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I thought that was in Vista it deactivates itself if not genuine? Can WGA deactivate Windows XP as well?

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I thought that was in Vista it deactivates itself if not genuine? Can WGA deactivate Windows XP as well?


No. It just nags you, and stops you from getting new updates


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But before WGA, could Microsoft send a bot program into your computer to deactivate Windows XP, and if you had Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office?

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Not really. A firewall or router would still stop them. Sure, a download could be initiated from the client and ran that deactivated Windows, but if that happened then every antivirus company would flag that as a backdoor, and Microsoft would get massive badwill and sued by countless companies. Regardless that piracy is illegal, it's also piracy that do keep Microsoft on top. A big chunk of Windows users do actually run a pirated copy, and if Microsoft enforced such a intrusive method people would abandon it fast. Or crack it :P.

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