I've gotten a few reader questions about all the out-of-band Windows patches they’ve been seeing over the past couple of days. A quick check over at the Microsoft Download Center shows that, yes, indeed, all kinds of updates are in the pipeline for XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The promised Windows 7 anti-piracy updates that Microsoft officials said to expect before the end of February also are starting to arrive. Those updates — known officially as Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7
— are designed to detect more than 70 known activation hacks, according to the Softies. They also are designed to detect pirated, “non-Genuine” copies of Windows.