As far as I can see this Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) Update has not caused much, if any, distress. That is good.
So far, I have only found one complaint. Somebody was complaining that they could not get this OPTIONAL update to install. He/she was gently ‘patted’ on the head and told not to worry. That the sky is not falling down.
I think there are two major reasons as to why we are not seeing much impact from this anti-piracy update:
- Savvy Windows 7 pirates are not installing this WAT update. They laugh in Microsoft’s face and spit on pictures of Ballmer in drag. So this update is totally useless in curbing the ‘professional’ pirates in the US, China, Russia, India and the Maldive Islands. Flaccid. But what can you expect from a company whose CEO likes to prance around in drag.
- Those that are impacted are NOT Web savvy. That is why they got clobbered in the first place. They are not going to be posting on blogs or forums. They are the INNOCENT victims of professional pirates who sold them Windows 7 or a system with Windows 7 without in any way letting on that what they were getting was not legit. I feel bad for these folks. Both my grandmothers are long dead. But most who fall into this trap are what I call ‘our trusting grandmothers.’ They are clobbered. I feel bad. Maybe a picture of Ballmer in drag will make them feel better.
So that is the state of play. I will keep on monitoring this situation.