I don’t have Windows XP because I am using a Mac machine. However, if you are using a pirated copy, then you may want to read this :

PETALING JAYA: Starting Wednesday, users with pirated copies of Microsoft Corp’s Windows XP Professional operating system (OS) on machines that are Internet-capable could find their computer displays going black and with no screen icons visible.

There are 8.6 million users of Win XP Pro in Malaysia and about three million are expected to suffer the “blackouts,” according to Microsoft Malaysia.

To continue working, the user would need to reset the machine’s desktop background. Everything will return to normal. But when 60 minutes are up, the black screen will reappear and the user must go through the whole process again.

This will keep happening until the user licenses the copy of Win XP Pro on the machine by going to a Microsoft reseller or getting a licence online at the www.microsoft.com/malaysia/genuine. Each licence costs RM580.

(source)

Anyway, I read that some people claimed that this move is probably to “herd business users into upgrading to its newest operating system, Windows Vista, which hasn’t garnered interest among companies because of its higher hardware requirements.”

Well, I must say Windows Vista sucks. Sony Vaio sucks. My Sony Vaio with licensed copy of Windows Vista is my footstool now. Mac rocks. Muahaharrr…

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