Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 21:17 UTC
Windows Microsoft disclosed Monday that over one in five Windows installations were deemed non-genuine through the company's Windows Genuine Advantage program, which requires users to validate their operating system before downloading updates from the company. Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of Windows, Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent. 56000 reports have been made by customers of counterfeit software, which grants that user a free replacement copy of Windows.
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RE: 22%?
by Charles A Landemaine on Wed 24th Jan 2007 01:47 UTC in reply to "22%?"
Charles A Landemaine
Member since:
2005-11-11

In Brazil, there's a computer in almost every house and office. Virtually all computers are pirated. The only case where Windows is genuine is in medium-size and large companies. So, there are millions of pirated copies. Small computer stores even sell computers with a free copy of Windows. You can buy CD-ROMs of popular software such as Windows Vista for $5 in the street.

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RE[2]: 22%?
by mark_in_rdjbrasil on Wed 24th Jan 2007 13:12 in reply to "RE: 22%?"
mark_in_rdjbrasil Member since:
2005-11-30

charles, where are you in brazil ?

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RE[3]: 22%?
by Joe User on Wed 24th Jan 2007 13:33 in reply to "RE[2]: 22%?"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

In Russia you can get windows DVD's for cheaper.

Edited 2007-01-24 13:35

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