Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) Update for Windows 7 - Microsoft's new Windows 7 piracy check

Microsoft is deploying a new update called "Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7," that'll detect more than 70 activation exploits, and will determine whether Windows 7 installed is genuine to protect customers’ PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact. Update's designed to run on all editions of Windows […]

Microsoft is deploying a new update called "Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7," that'll detect more than 70 activation exploits, and will determine whether Windows 7 installed is genuine to protect customers’ PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact. Update's designed to run on all editions of Windows 7, but will distribute first to Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions. It'll be available online at www.microsoft.com/genuine beginning Feb 16 and on Microsoft Download Center beginning Feb 17. Later this month, update'll also be offered through Windows Update as an ‘Important’ update. Although Update willn’t be directly offered through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), but an admin can import it into WSUS through Microsoft Update catalog.

This Update identify known activation exploits, and if Windows 7 is non-genuine, notifications built into Windows 7 will inform customer that Windows isn’t genuine by displaying informational dialog boxes with options for customer to either get more information, or acquire genuine Windows. Desktop wallpaper will be switched to plain desktop (all of the customer’s desktop icons, gadgets, or pinned applications stay in place). Periodic reminders and a persistent desktop watermark act as further alerts to customer. It’s important to know that customer will see no reduced functionality in their copy of Windows – a customer’s applications work as expected, and access to personal information is unchanged. Update’ll run periodic validations (initially every 90 days). During validation, Windows will download latest ‘signatures’ that’re used to identify new activation exploits – much like an anti-virus service. When tampering, disabling, or missing licensing files are discovered, WAT Update runs a check and repair weekly to ensure that licensing files’re properly repaired.

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