MS to limit XP SP2 piracy after all
eWeek is now reporting that, contrary to previous reports, Microsoft will take some familiar, limited measures to prevent installation of Windows XP Service Pack 2 on pirated copies of the OS.
"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.
Looks like the Microsoft Group Product Manager Barry Goffe was either incorrect or misquoted in the original Computer Times report
. Thanks to Shane for sending us the tip.