Update to Windows Vista Activation Exploit detection begins today

Last year around this time, I blogged about some changes for Windows Vista that were released with SP1. These changes included an update for Windows Vista users which helps detect the presence of activation exploits, then alerts the customer (if affected) and provides some guidance and a Web link to learn more about what can be done to fix it. I'm excited to announce that beginning this week, and over the next several weeks depending on where you are, we will be releasing an update to that particular technology to help Windows Vista Ultimate Edition based systems detect the presence of additional activation exploits, namely the activation exploit commonly referred to as the 'SoftMod hack'. We're releasing this update to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition only at this time and only to systems with English as their primary language. As I've said before, we continuously evaluate the risk each reported hack poses to our customers, our partners and the protection of Microsoft's intellectual property; then we plan our activities accordingly.

Below is a screenshot showing what a user would see on a system that has detected the SoftMod activation exploit:


Comments and thoughts appreciated!



Comments (5)
  1. One of our CoU team-member, Hardhead posted an update entry for KB940510 – Update for Windows Vista and

  2. Maciek Blog says:

    Wkrótce ma się pojawić aktualizacja do systemu Windows Vista, która ma zapobiec instalowaniu Visty poprzez

  3. ceesv says:

    OMG – Vista is on the market for more than a year and the SoftMod hack is almost as long as that on the internet. Everybody is now awaiting for Windows 7 (an another hack) and you come up with it now. What have you been doing since December 2007??? BTW – I stopped using my (legal) Vista version and got me a cracked XP copy which is faster and far more reliable than Vista!

  4. littlebrother says:

    I usually bork my system up (or re-install it to make it run as fast as I first installed it) every 90 days. Because of that I have to call up Microsoft and <i>beg</i> them to let me reinstall it. Should I use a crack, I’m in the clear. All this does is annoy legitimate users, and let’s the pirates by clear. I mean really, do you guys want to be 2nd to Linux?

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