Awas Kepada Pengguna Lanunan Tetingkap Pro – “‘Blackouts’ for Users of Pirated Windows”

eh betul ke ni eh ?

sapa2 boleh confirm ? haha

seb baik aku pakai original windows

eh aku pakai windows home lah kan. hehe

Tuesday August 26, 2008 MYT 8:16:36 PM

‘Blackouts’ for users of pirated Windows


PETALING JAYA: Starting Wednesday, users with pirated copies of Microsoft Corp’s Windows XP Professional operating system (OS) on machines that are Internet-capable could find their computer displays going black and with no screen icons visible.

There are 8.6 million users of Win XP Pro in Malaysia and about three million are expected to suffer the “blackouts,” according to Microsoft Malaysia.

To continue working, the user would need to reset the machine’s desktop background. Everything will return to normal. But when 60 minutes are up, the black screen will reappear and the user must go through the whole process again.

This will keep happening until the user licenses the copy of Win XP Pro on the machine by going to a Microsoft reseller or getting a licence online at the Each licence costs RM580.

This initiative is part of Microsoft’s antipiracy campaign, dubbed Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), aimed at educating users on the benefits of using genuine software, K.T. Ng, Microsoft Malaysia’s director of client business group, told The Star on Tuesday.

Win XP Professional was chosen for the antipiracy blitz because it is the most pirated version of Microsoft’s Win XP operating system. The other version is Windows XP Home, which is for home users.

This is the second time that Microsoft is needling users of pirated copies of its operating system to go legitimate. Two years ago, it sprang its WGA initiative on local users of Win XP Pro and Win XP Home.

That time, a pop-up message showed up whenever the PC with a pirated Windows OS was switched on, with the intention of shaming business and home users into getting legitimate copies. The message said “This copy of Windows is not genuine.”

It was quite successful. At that time, there were about 5.1 million pirated copies of Windows XP Pro and after the exercise, about two million of the copies were validated, said Microsoft Malaysia.

“We are encouraged by that response,” said Ng. “So this time, we have escalated the penalty to a black screen that reappears every hour until the user validates his or her copy of Win XP Pro.”

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, chief executive officer of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), lauded the WGA campaign.

MDeC is caretaker of the country’s MSC Malaysia initiative, which is working to build up the nation’s knowledge economy.

“MDeC respects the rights of companies to protect their intellectual property. It’s a reminder that software piracy doesn’t pay, especially when Malaysians are themselves putting a lot of effort into creating original software,” he said.

Not clear
Several users and industry pundits that The Star spoke to believe Microsoft is using its WGA campaign to herd business users into upgrading to its newest operating system, Windows Vista, which hasn’t garnered interest among companies because of its higher hardware requirements.

“Microsoft has stopped selling Win XP in the market, so you have to wonder why it is spending time and money to take down users of pirated copies of this OS,” said a PC user, who asked for anonymity. “Why isn’t it also targeting users who have pirated copies of Windows Vista?”

“So if I’m using a pirated copy of Vista at this time, I won’t be hassled? Got to wonder about that.”

Ng replied that the concern now is XP Pro, which is widely pirated. “Vista isn’t pirated as much. WGA is continuous and should there be a Vista piracy problem, we will address it down the road,” he said.

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25 responses to “Awas Kepada Pengguna Lanunan Tetingkap Pro – “‘Blackouts’ for Users of Pirated Windows”

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  2. Heard about this too (also blog about it 🙂 ). Based on Microsoft past action, I think the news is true… 😎

    Amir Hamzah’s last blog post..Dark Screen for Users of Pirated Windows


  3. betul ke tu? kalau tukar wallpaper je takpa…tp rasa cam tak selamat lak kalau senang2 je microsoft tukar2 sumthing dlm windows tu….hahaha

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  4. mesti WGA nyer trick lg ni..kalau x install ape2 update dr Windows, confirm ok punya ni..xpon setup firewall other than firewall windows…kalau bleh gak lepas..maknanya Micro$oft letak backdoor dah nii..breach of privacy dh ni..

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  5. amir : hehe ada sapa2 dah terkena ke ek ? hehe 🙂


  6. harith : hehe tu la kan mcm dah hilang privacy la camni. haha 🙄


  7. life4hire : hehe hampeh gak la ada benda tracking camni kan. haha 😥


  8. Siapa yang berkenaan, sila off automatic update. Mungkin dapat mengelakkan masalah ini. ➡ BTW, jangan pakai yang tiada lesen. Susah-susah, pakai linux. Sekarang linux sudah semakin user friendly.

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  9. cess… nmpk sgt windows menceroboh privacy penggunanya. matikan windows update anda. lagi satu kalau ada update pn, jgn isntall guna mode express. guna mood custom. leh elak dr install WGA

    aeropama dot com’s last blog post..Keputusan Pilihanraya Kecil Permatang Pauh 2008


  10. hohoho… microsoft nk break die nyer user privacy ke? ala.. guna je windows pro edition for student.. free for lifetime, komputer kat rumah ak pakai version ni la.. xyah risau pasal update..boleh jer..hehe..

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  11. hm.. macam2 la MS ni. nak promote smthg yg failure la ni. The so called advanceds system, VISTA. x habis2.. betul tu cakp @PENING, takut sangat, gune la LINUX, conferm free, x yah risau pasal lesen-lesen haram ni. pastu, support from the whole part of the world. lagi ringan dari MS nye system. so, ape lagi, mula la layan hehe.

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  12. sesiapa yang guna pirate, kena offline le buat sementara waktu

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  13. whoaaa… nasib baik semua notebook aku licensed punya… 😛

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  14. Erm…personally tak terkena lagi, tak tau ler member2 yg lain…lebih bnyak on Linux sejak akhir2 nih…

    Yup, takyah install aper2 update or kalo nk install pun, manual/custom install update tuh supaya kita dpt pilih update yg kita hendak shj 😀

    Amir Hamzah’s last blog post..Dark Screen for Users of Pirated Windows


  15. mm bukan seblum ni pun dah ada ker, warning message kelaur klu pakai pirate punya..

    sama je cuma yang ini lebih agressive lah ..janji tak dload update dia abis cerita..

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  16. pening : hehe seb baik aku pakai ori punya xp home. hehe 👿


  17. aero : hehe tu la kan. aku tukar ubuntu karang. haha ❗


  18. izzat : hehe tu la pasal. aku guna linux plak karang. haha 😥


  19. abdus : hehe vista mmg hampeh giler ah. xp jugak yang diaorang target. haha 🙂


  20. azwan : hehe ramai lanun ke ek. hehe :vangry:


  21. shaxx : hehe aku pun sama pakai ori beb. hehe 🙂


  22. amir : cam kool je guna linux neh ek. hehe 😕


  23. lankapo : hehe aku pakai ori tak perasan la message tuh. hehe 🙄


  24. 😈 wah betulkkah semua ini berlaku… ➡ lanun sudahberjaya dikesan kah?…. 😡 siot aa.MS nih..hehehehe :down:

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  25. lut : hehe lanun di mana2 sekarang neh. haha 🙂 🙂


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