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MS turns up heat on warezed WinXP copies

Posted at 07 June 2002 18:43 CEST by CDFreaks
Well Microsoft decleared war on the warez versions of the operating system Windows XP as you can read in this article. There main target probely will be the key of the widely used DevilsOwn warez version starting with : FCKGWThe beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows XP has now shipped to testers and, as previously advertised, it declines to install if you're using a leaked WinXP licence key. But - again as previously advertised - it doesn't deactivate your installation, just stops you applying the service pack.So far, people using copies of Windows XP that have been activated using one of the leaked keys have had no trouble getting patches and updates because Windows Update didn't check the validity of their licence. But as Microsoft is clearly stating that licence information is now being gathered by Windows Update, and that a "validly licensed copy of Windows ensures that you will receive on-going updates," then it seems pretty logical to presume that an invalidly licensed copy of Windows ensures that you won't.As far as Windows Update is concerned, it also still seems possible to use the corporate version of Windows Update to download your selected patches and updates without having your ID checked. At the moment corporate Windows Update is also claiming it checks your OS and product identification number, but as it's still perfectly feasible to download a WinXP critical update with a Win2k machine (we just did), it's not entirely clear to us where that gets Microsoft. It may be the case that the site collects licensing information if you're running XP and declines to serve you if it's a dodgy copy. But as the message is on the corporate site, again we have a clear statement of intent.I think there will be out a cracked SP1 out soon after Microsoft released. Its like with all things a matter of time..You can read the full story hereSource: TheRegister

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Posted on: 07 Jun 02 19:22
    LoL it's already cracked i heard. So u can use the SP1 without "identifying" urself.... Ohwell, keep trying M$! :d -=Greetingz Woutiir=-
    Digital
    New Member
    Posted on: 07 Jun 02 19:48
      The cracked SP1 was released yesterday and goes under the name of Windows.XP.SP1-PsYcHoTiC Oh, and it works fine aswell.. no problemo
      Ljugtomten
      CD Freaks Rookie
      Posted on: 07 Jun 02 19:59
        And why not just use the nice Keygen for WinXP ?? Just let your computer work over the night to generate a nice bunch of 20-30 CD-Keys, and then just pick one of those the next time you reset your system..
        WRFan
        CD Freaks Senior Member
        Posted on: 08 Jun 02 00:04
          you need a key with an id of 640. if it's 641 or 648 or whatever else, it won't work (most probably). so test your generated keys and use only the ones with id number of 640. pretty difficult to generate such keys, generate 300-400 keys, then try them all (test function in the keygen, id must be 640)
          the111
          CD Freaks Senior Member
          Posted on: 08 Jun 02 01:01
            So long as it doenn't take down your IP, I don't think there'll be problems with this...
            DoMiN8ToR
            Management
            Posted on: 08 Jun 02 01:11
              Please don't speak in details on how to bypass the protections, if you want to do it, please do it by e-mail. I'm not sure if this could get us in trouble, but please respect our decision to not allow this, postings like this will be deleted... I hope you'll understand.
              shan
              New on Forum
              Posted on: 08 Jun 02 01:14
                I am having the same problem D-an-W, i got mine from malaysia it was pre cracked
                maxx_76
                New on Forum
                Posted on: 08 Jun 02 01:16
                  Just a little side note to this, Microsoft has also gone and disabled all 'known' pirated keys for Office v.X (for Macintosh). However, while doing that, they have disabled 'legit' Keys that have appeared on retail copies of Office v.X Apparently if you call Microsoft and ask for a new key they deny it to you saying that you are in the wrong for having a 'pirated' key.
                  Sh82nKraZy
                  CD Freaks Fairy
                  Posted on: 08 Jun 02 01:20
                    Just one question... What happens to the guy who actually buys WinXP and their cd-key starts with "FCKGW"?
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                    Posted on: 08 Jun 02 01:22
                      Its kewl DOMiN8ToR, keep up the good work m8y... :4 :4
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                      Posted on: 08 Jun 02 13:01
                        I don't think that there are any 'legal' keys that start with "FCKGW" this was the leaked key or something. Anyway just download the cracked SP1 it should be all oeverywhere www.windowsxp.nu should have some cracked stuff already..
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                        Posted on: 08 Jun 02 16:22
                          I was under the impression that it only banned the widely distributed devilsown key and that any other keys...wherever you obtained them...should work fine as long as windows accepts it initially as valid.
                          Mastakilla
                          MyCE Senior Member
                          Posted on: 08 Jun 02 19:30
                            Windows.XP.SP1-PsYcHoTiC --> is this 101% sure final??
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                            Posted on: 08 Jun 02 20:50
                              Nope, 180 Day beta AFAIK
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                              Posted on: 08 Jun 02 21:41
                                Windows XP SP1 will be final August 14th. Anything else is a beta.
                                stvastva
                                MyCE Senior Member
                                Posted on: 09 Jun 02 00:11
                                  On one level we all really know how much this information doesn't mean - on the other hand - please keep in mind that we at this point are a widely known website - we are respected - we were even quoted in a very major audio magazine recently - so lets be really careful as to what & how we are commenting publicly. Obviously we need not be afraid of admitting our knowledge, however another thing to consider, if I know where someone is hiding, he is no longer hiding...CdFreaks Rox..
                                  Mastakilla
                                  MyCE Senior Member
                                  Posted on: 09 Jun 02 00:56
                                    win2000 update aint workin no more in here
                                    Death_Scythe_2k
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                                    Posted on: 09 Jun 02 01:01
                                      to WRFan, or whoever else knows... Why does it have to have a Product ID of 640, and not 641-648?
                                      WRFan
                                      CD Freaks Senior Member
                                      Posted on: 09 Jun 02 01:47
                                        death_scythe_2k, the idea that the id has to be 640 is just an assumption. ALL the original keys of win2000 had an id of 260 and the two original keys leaked have an id of 640. thus, one might assume that ALL winxp keys have an id of 640. which means, microsoft might blacklist all keys which have any other ID. the security algorithm would simply check for the two keys blacklisted by microsoft, the second step being the checking of the id of the present key. if it has any other id than 640, they would blacklist it and prevent the installation of the service pack. however, I just tested the key provided with the beta version of the service pack( Windows.XP.SP1-PsYcHoTiC ), and the id is 645! and people report successfull installation of the service pack with that key. which means the service pack beta blacklists only the two leaked original keys, but doesnt check the ids. however, this might change till the final release, which means you should let your computer switched on for a couple of nights, so that it generates a couple of serials. when the final service pack is out, you are then the first to be able to install it, using a key with id of 640. it costs you nothing, after all. just let the pc switched on, when you don't use it.
                                        sspade100
                                        CD Freaks Senior Member
                                        Posted on: 09 Jun 02 02:09
                                          There are two things in this world that are certain, death and taxes and one doesn't have to pay taxes so only one for sure-death. It is and was a given that once M$ came up with a beta or SP1 for XP, it might deny that magic FCK---- for upgrading, but workarounds are readily available on the net-what's it been 24hrs or so. That is another given in this world along with death. The fix AFAIK has no time limit on it. Service Pack 1, v.1050 I certainly hope M$ was not naive to believe their own crap about defeating piracy.
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                                          Posted on: 09 Jun 02 03:08
                                            i have installed the service pack, my key has an id of 643
                                            Hypnosis4U2NV
                                            MyCE Resident
                                            Posted on: 09 Jun 02 03:33
                                              I have the Devils Own version and I just used Windows Update and had no problem.. I used the FCKGW key.. Then again I also used XP AntiSpy.. Dont know if that has anything to do with it or not..
                                              sspade100
                                              CD Freaks Senior Member
                                              Posted on: 09 Jun 02 05:04
                                                There is no time bomb with SP1, checked with test computer and ran time ahead 2years.
                                                OC-Freak
                                                Retired Senior Admin
                                                Posted on: 09 Jun 02 10:43
                                                  SP1 beta did not want to instell at my computer. But I have a legal version of windows XP (Corporate edition through my job). What gives? M$ sucks and so do XP. I'm going back to w2k I think.....
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                                                  Posted on: 09 Jun 02 10:58
                                                    Dumb question maybe, but how do you tell what your PID is? Only thing I've found that seems right is to go to the System propterties and look under "Registered to:" Is the second set of numbers the PID? Example: If the number was 1235-678-xxxxxxx-xxxxx, is the 678 the PID?
                                                    Death_Scythe_2k
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                                                    Posted on: 09 Jun 02 14:39
                                                      To find out the PID, you need to look at a file on your install CD. in the x386 folder i think, is a file called setupp.ini it is in there, just open it up. search on google for setupp.ini and it will tell you the whole story, because I am still unsure about the whole details.
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                                                      Posted on: 09 Jun 02 16:24
                                                        I dunno, I just know I paid for Windows ME and it was a complete piece of crap so they owe me XP and anyother future OSs for emotional damages. :d
                                                        Augustus
                                                        CD Freaks Member
                                                        Posted on: 09 Jun 02 20:19
                                                          I'll second that about Win Me... what a parcel of pump. Biggest heap M$ ever dreamt of and it should have stayed precisely that - a bloody dream!!! Keep smiling : coz after that OS you'd go insane if you didn't :4
                                                          Domino
                                                          Waiting on Activation
                                                          Posted on: 09 Jun 02 21:24
                                                            Windows ME ran like a dream on every PC I installed it on which is over 20. Then again, I always did a clean install and made sure I had the latest drivers a firmware. Windows XP, however, is the best operating system Microsoft has released.
                                                            Augustus
                                                            CD Freaks Member
                                                            Posted on: 09 Jun 02 21:45
                                                              Yep... pretty much as I did and being a system builder I've installed it on a lot more than that and ok I'd say about 70% were good. But that means nowt for the other 30%!! It does remain a fact though that it's not just the software that can cause bother, hardware can be just as bad and WinMe didn't like a lot of hardware out there. Still - I stick to my thought (and it is more than just my opinion) that it is a pile of poop. I quite agree about XP - it IS the best they've offered yet. Keep smiling : We're 90 mins away from stage 2 of the World Cup... Come on England!!! :4
                                                              Domino
                                                              Waiting on Activation
                                                              Posted on: 09 Jun 02 22:31
                                                                I respect your opinion as I do know alot of people hate Windows ME. I guess I fall into the I like Windows ME camp since I never had problems with it. In fact, it was so good to me that I skipped over Windows 2000. We all base our opinions on experience so to each his own. I can only hope the next OS from Microsoft will only get better. It's supposed to be a minor OS upgrade like Windows ME was for Windows 98.
                                                                DinZy
                                                                CD Freaks Member
                                                                Posted on: 09 Jun 02 22:38
                                                                  Since you skipped Win2k you are not aware that WinXp is only a minor upgrade to Win2k. The thing which makes XP so "good" is that it finally forced game makers and hardware peopel to make stuff really compatible with the 2k OS Oh and I fall in the category of ME/9x haters. I had such instability with winME and it all went away when I installed 2k
                                                                  WRFan
                                                                  CD Freaks Senior Member
                                                                  Posted on: 09 Jun 02 22:59
                                                                    the serial is also in the system32$winnt$.inf (not on all winxp installations; search for the file $winnt$.inf on your harddisc). on my pc the FCKGW-... serial was also in this file. so better change it in this file too, if you change the serial in the registry
                                                                    Domino
                                                                    Waiting on Activation
                                                                    Posted on: 09 Jun 02 23:14
                                                                      Yes, I am fully aware that Windows XP is Windows NT 5.1 and Windows 2000 is Windows NT 5.0. I use Windows 2000 at work and its a very good OS as well, I just skipped over it because Windows ME met all my needs and it was compatible with every game out on the market at the time. If you really look at the features of XP, you will realize that it is nothing more than a merge of Windows ME & Windows 2000. The only thing that would make me real happy now is if they made the Instant Messaging programs compatible with all the other ones without using third party applications.
                                                                      Augustus
                                                                      CD Freaks Member
                                                                      Posted on: 09 Jun 02 23:32
                                                                        I also skipped over Win 2000 although I did install it once and found it very stable. The reason for skipping it? Well, hardware vendors were reluctant to release certain drivers for it and consequently when XP was in the offing they were forced into a corner to release them - again a little reluctantly. It was the fact that XP was going to be shipped with PC's and used by the majority that forced this issue and I'm glad it has. The most stable OS I have used before W2k and XP was, funnily enough, Windows 3.1!!!! This initially on a 486 and then P75 (o/clocked to 100 - those were the days eh?). Win95 rev A was bugged heavily and rev B only ironed out a few. Win98 SR2 became the better of a rather poor bunch simply coz it was around for a long time before being superceded and many progs and utils were written specifically for it. Then came the great stopgap that was WinMe... and now, of course, XP. I know I've missed all the NT's but so have I missed all the Linux's etc. The majority of folk will relate to the more common versions of Windows. Instant messaging? Not for me. Keep smiling : the next OS will make everyone happy with all its new gizmos etc (??!!!??) well maybe not... :4
                                                                        CdnMoose
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                                                                        Posted on: 10 Jun 02 00:35
                                                                          How can I find my serial number, I've already installed XP and don't know where to look on my harddrive or in the Reg to find it. Is hit really on my harddrive somewhere? TIA :*
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                                                                          Posted on: 10 Jun 02 02:19
                                                                            not so difficult to find a key with 640-id. i got one very soon (perhaps i was lucky). cheers!
                                                                            Cyn
                                                                            CD Freaks Junior Member
                                                                            Posted on: 10 Jun 02 03:29
                                                                              WRFan writes and I'll quote, "the idea that the id has to be 640 is just an assumption. ALL the original keys of win2000 had an id of 260 and the two original keys leaked have an id of 640. thus, one might assume that ALL winxp keys have an id of 640. which means, microsoft might blacklist all keys which have any other ID." My question is, How do you find out if your key is a 640 key ID or one of these other keys? Is there some program that will compute if your current key is a 640? Or how do you go about calculating this 640 number?
                                                                              Raz0rX
                                                                              CD Freaks Junior Member
                                                                              Posted on: 10 Jun 02 04:24
                                                                                Oh yeah, I have generated about 70 keys and have spent hours testing them if they are 640 or not. I was so disappointed because NONE of them is with 640 id! I guess I will have to keep generating crazy.
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                                                                                Posted on: 10 Jun 02 07:46
                                                                                  I've tried XP and I didn't like it. Too much eye-candy, too much bloatware, terrible versions of IE and media player. I don't like the way it is tied to the internet and tied to Hotmail and MSN. I'm going to stick to my Windows 98 with 95 Windows Explorer. Fast, simple and good looking.
                                                                                  peaceandlove
                                                                                  CD Freaks Rookie
                                                                                  Posted on: 10 Jun 02 10:48
                                                                                    Why installing a crappy beta SP? Wait till the final release then we'll see how to find a solution. I personally hate beta... especially from MS.
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                                                                                    Posted on: 10 Jun 02 12:16
                                                                                      buy a Mac.
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                                                                                      Posted on: 10 Jun 02 23:21
                                                                                        i only had to generate 60 keys to find a 640-id one (far from 200-300). also, the program i used to generate the keys, shows the key-id. so, good luck guys.
                                                                                        Cyn
                                                                                        CD Freaks Junior Member
                                                                                        Posted on: 10 Jun 02 23:39
                                                                                          Who makes yours bandolero? Is it a newer version of the BlueList? What's the name of it?
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                                                                                          Posted on: 11 Jun 02 00:19
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                                                                                            ants
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                                                                                            Posted on: 11 Jun 02 01:33
                                                                                              This isn't a good place to post keys, gerickson03m.
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                                                                                              Posted on: 11 Jun 02 01:41
                                                                                                what are you thinking, putting up keys? anyways dont be stupid, the release of the supposed "cracked" sp1 update is false. the release provides a downloaded, legal copy of the sp1 update pack and tells a person how to change their key to a valid one. As far as internet piracy is going, that's pretty sad. anyways, it's just a beta so no one will bother putting in a real cracked beta of an update pack. information on how to change your key? search for it, brotha.
                                                                                                Sh82nKraZy
                                                                                                CD Freaks Fairy
                                                                                                Posted on: 11 Jun 02 03:00
                                                                                                  So what happens if you used a licence key that started with "FCKGW" and your PID is 640? And dont say its impossible because my...ehem..."friend" has it. :4
                                                                                                  ewker
                                                                                                  New on Forum
                                                                                                  Posted on: 11 Jun 02 03:20
                                                                                                    does anyone have any idea what the odds are of 2 people generating the same key with 640 PID might be?
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                                                                                                    Posted on: 13 Jun 02 00:52
                                                                                                      Cyn, i've been using xp key recoverer and discoverer v.5.12 cheers!
                                                                                                      Cyn
                                                                                                      CD Freaks Junior Member
                                                                                                      Posted on: 13 Jun 02 01:49
                                                                                                        Bandolero, yes I see now that the ID will be given if you use the Test key function, odd why not just have it test the key automatically and show the ID for the log files, or maybe someone know how to do this other than typing each up. But that's not too much work for a key.
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                                                                                                        Posted on: 13 Jun 02 23:30
                                                                                                          yep, something like an auto-test would be nice. that would prevent people from doing a lot of copy & paste.
                                                                                                          Cyn
                                                                                                          CD Freaks Junior Member
                                                                                                          Posted on: 14 Jun 02 03:19
                                                                                                            Heh....copy paste is slow....I don't think it adds all the parts of the key to each of the boxes just the first box, typing is faster (at least for me b/c I can type) On a side note, does anyone know how to change the key for Office XP other than uninstalling and reinstalling Office XP?
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                                                                                                            Posted on: 26 Oct 07 00:49
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