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Windows 7: Does Microsoft keep IP address records of all non-Genuine Windows ?

09 Oct 2010   #1
mithun

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Does Microsoft keep IP address records of all non-Genuine Windows ?

One of my friend was using pirated Windows x64 Ultimate. And he forgot to disable Windows Automatic Update. Now Windows is showing the message "This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine".

Now he is panicking because he is having a static IP address at his home which is registered under his name itself. Now he is planning to remove the pirated version and will buy a Genuine Windows(by my advice).

So my question is that whether there would be any legal issues in the future because of his folly ?

Does Microsoft keep IP address records of all non-Genuine Windows ?


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09 Oct 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No, not as far as I know. If that were the case, no pirate could ever go legit by buying a genuine copy of windows, that would hurt MS's sales as well. MS's objective is to kill piracy, not pirates (as far as possible ).
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09 Oct 2010   #3
mithun

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Bill2: Thanks for the quick reply.

He is worried because his home is very near to the anti-piracy wing. Also MS can easily track the ownership with the help of the static IP.
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09 Oct 2010   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

All the more reason the friend should install a genuine copy ASAP.
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09 Oct 2010   #5
lorddenis

 

i dont think that they are doing that but with microsoft you never know.

i think that the sign "This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine". in the corner only is there for others to know that its not legal.

if im not mistaking MS has the Windows 7 Family Pack back out again. that means you get 3 licences.

or he can switch to ubunto wich is free. that depens on what he needs his PC for.
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09 Oct 2010   #6
mithun

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So what will this update really do other than checking the product key and replacing the modified system files ?
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09 Oct 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mithun View Post
So what will this update really do other than checking the product key and replacing the modified system files ?
Read.

The Windows Blog
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09 Oct 2010   #8
mithun

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mithun View Post
So what will this update really do other than checking the product key and replacing the modified system files ?
Read.

The Windows Blog
But in that article they have mentioned like this:
Quote:
The Update will run periodic validations (initially every 90 days). During validation, Windows will download the latest ‘signatures’ that are used to identify new activation exploits – much like an anti-virus service.
Does that means that they are passing some info regarding the user's PC environment ?
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09 Oct 2010   #9
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Certain PC details are transmitted whenever you validate or update not just with MS but say when you update AVs, similarly firewalls know everything about what you do on the internet. But stop being paranoid and get a genuine copy and that'll be the end of the matter.
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09 Oct 2010   #10
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Dont worry, be GENUINE!
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