Unsurprisingly, Pirates Target Windows XP Over Vista, Says Microsoft

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fdwhacker

Does Microsoft honestly think that if they discontinue XP, people will buy Vista? No f-ing way! They'll download or buy cracked versions of XP, and Microsoft will lose millions because no one wants there cr*ppy product.

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digital demon

I always wonder if all of you Vista bashers have even used it...or have just fallen victim to popular opinion. I've used Vista for over a year and a half and love it more than I ever did XP...which I used since its launch. Admittedly, it sucked ass at first, but so did XP...if you recall.

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neo1piv14

Microsoft, this isn't some kind of win for your Vista activation scheme. This is more just a nice way of noticing that, when given a choice, people would rather have something older and less expensive for free than something new and shiny. At least when it comes to how they want to crash. Take pride, MS, Windows XP was a fantastic operating system. Now stop trying to shove Vista down our throats and let us keep the OS we love.

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rancidjello

"We want to make sure that the XP they might be getting is genuine.”

Do they really think people are that stupid to not realize, hmm i didn't buy this at a retail store so is this considered genuine? i don't know maybe i'm giving more credit to people than they deserve.

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ferds7

Oh Microsoft, you make me giggle. If people actually thought Vista was better than XP (and i'm not going to say which I think is better, that's a debate in it's own), I would bet that more people would have downloaded Vista for free than Linux for free! (No offense Linux, some day and hopefully soon, you will rule the OS world!)

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Antilogic81

The robust countermeasures are unstable drivers, hardware compatibility problems, and frequent crashes. Can't do anything legal or illegal without the OS barfing on itself. 

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Matarsak

"Given the current future of Windows XP, and the high possibility of its piracy it’s entirely likely that any copy of XP that you get after January 2009 (with the exception of downgrades available through HP and Dell) is pirated."

“We're planning [a campaign] in January or February to make sure our customers know what our rules and policies are about Windows XP," stated MacNaughton, "to make sure they understand what may be illegitimate and what may be legitimate. We want to make sure that the XP they might be getting is genuine.”

Read:  "We want to force people to buy our new, overpriced buggy operating system rather than the old, cheaper (somewhat less) buggy operating system."

If I'm building an i7 box and Windows 7 (interesting coincidence there) is just a rehash of Vista with the same issues, and the only way to get a copy of XP is to pirate it, then hand me my eyepatch, peg-leg and parrot.

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Bustout

Could it be possible that no one is pirating Vista because no one wants Vista? Just a thought.

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Wildebeast

I was laughing, ROFLOL, even before I read the comments. 

If I made delusional statements, like these, they'd lock me in a rubber room.

I wonder what the pay-scale is, for a wishful thinking PR job --like coming up with this garbage is...

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dankers

I thought no one was selling XP anymore, wouldnt piracy be the only way, other than that downgrade nonsense

hmmmmmm

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servantsoldier

Vista Home Premium is the first OS I ever paid for... 79 dollar student / upgrade. It was less annoying that putting up with all the WGA crap.

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Keith E. Whisman

Well TPB.org and Demonoid both have lots of cracked cd and dvd images of both versions of Windows.

Microsoft just get back to making great OS's and we'll worry about cracking them and pirating them... Err I mean pirates will do that stuff..  

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Dwood15

Make sure it's a good OS and we would be pirating the N-1 VERSION of course ms knows this lol

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