Microsoft announced the installation of Internet Explorer 7 now no longer requires Windows Genuine Advantage validation. This basically means that people who run a pirated version of Windows XP will now be able to run this new browser:
Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we’re updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users. With today’s “Installation and Availability Update,” Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users. If you are not already running IE7, you can get it now from the Internet Explorer home page on Microsoft.com, get a customized version from a third-party site, or, if you haven’t already received it via Automatic Updates, this version will be delivered to you as we described previously. If you are already running IE7, you will not be offered IE7 again by Automatic Updates.
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Re: Internet Explorer 7 now also for pirates by Anonymous on Saturday, October 06 2007 @ 05:38:14 CEST
I doubt anyone with the ability to figure out how to pirate Windows (not hard) is dumb enough to use IE anyway.