Black screens for pirate copies of Windows
Owners of non-genuine copies of Windows XP will get a black background instead of their wallpaper every hour, as well as a translucent watermark
In a bid to deter people from using pirate versions of Windows, Microsoft is now updating its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool to introduce a few uncomfortable niggles for users of pirated versions of Windows.
On the WGA blog, Microsoft explains that if a copy of Windows fails the validation process users will discover on their next logon that their desktop has changed to a plain black background from whatever was there previously. Youll be able to change the background back to whatever you want, but it will revert to a black screen again after an hour. As well as this, copies of Windows deemed to not be genuine will also have a translucent watermark above the system tray, which Microsoft calls a persistent desktop notification.
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