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    January 23, 2007

    22% of Windows installs are NON-Genuine

    Windows

    Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of the Windows , Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent. 56,000 reports have been made by customers of counterfeit software, which grants that user a free replacement copy of Windows.

    Microsoft disclosed Monday that over one in five Win installations were deemed non-genuine through the company’s Genuine Advantage program, which requires users to validate their operating system before downloading updates from the company.

    Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of the operating system, Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent. 56,000 reports have been made by customers of counterfeit software, which grants that user a free replacement copy of Windows… more

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