Microsoft to give XP counterfeit victims legit OS


— 2:14 AM on May 5, 2005

Microsoft will reportedly offer free copies of Windows XP to users running pirated versions of the OS.

Starting Wednesday, customers in the United States whose copies of Windows XP Professional do not pass validation will be presented with the option of getting a free licensed copy. To do so, customers will have to fill out a counterfeit report with Microsoft and be able to provide the Windows disk they have as well as some kind of receipt for their purchase.
The program is targeted at giving people who unknowingly bought illegitimate copies of Windows a chance to go straight, so peer-to-peer pirates will be out of luck.
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