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Microsoft makes it hard for pirate copy users to upgrade their OS - report.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-12 November 2004-Microsoft makes it hard for pirate copy users to upgrade their OS - report(C)1994-2004 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com

Users who have pirate copies of Windows XP may find it harder to upgrade the software as Microsoft implements features aimed at stopping this.

Microsoft has started implementing features in Windows XP upgrades intended to prevent users who have pirated keys from upgrading parts of the operating system, according to The Inquirer.

Microsoft reportedly said at the Dublin System Builder Forum that it would prevent pirated copies of Windows XP from downloading all but the most critical upgrades through its Genuine Advantage scheme. Microsoft said then that it planned to launch the scheme in China at the end of October this year and in Europe early in 2005.

The Inquirer has however reportedly been told by owners of pirated copies in Western Europe that the scheme is being implemented early. An example of this is that those who use pirated versions of XP and upgrade the Media Player to version 10 will lose functionality, the newspaper reported.

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