Microsoft on the prowl for pirates! Argh!
Yes, Microsoft has now taken greater strides to foil software pirates. Microsoft knows that over 30% of the Windows OSes in the world have been pirated and have now set a “trap” for pirates at Microsoft’s own WindowsUpdate site! Actually, your OS is not disabled or they do not identify who you are, but their new Windows Genuine Advantage scans your PC and then compares Windows keys with a list of known pirated copies. The result is that if you have pirated Windows you will no longer be able to install hotfixes through WindowsUpdate. Ouch!
You can read more about WGA here
There is also something else worth checking out. I just found the WindizUpdate site that allows you to install updates through Firefox! How cool is that!