Per my post yesterday, KB971033 the OPTIONAL Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) update to check for pirated copies of Windows 7 is but a paper tiger. Though there was much anxiety about it, much of those who are KNOWINGLY running pirated copies of Windows 7 (and we are talking MILLIONS here) are totally unaffected by this update — given that it is OPTIONAL.
So for now, the committed pirate continues to thumb his nose at Microsoft and chant “Ballmer looks best in drag.”
But what will happen with Windows 7 SP1.
SP1 is a given. There was talk that Microsoft had started working on SP1 even BEFORE the October 22, 2009 release date of Windows 7.
Now some are claiming that SP1 will be released in September of this year — 11 months into the life of Windows 7. They could be right.
I had thought that they would have to do it a tad sooner — around June or July.
As we know there is a SLEW of fairly serious unfixed problems in Windows 7 — this being but a partial list.
We know that Microsoft is not even bothering to try and fix these problems with Windows updates. Ballmer looks best in drag.
So, SP1 has to come to pass.
So the question is WHETHER Microsoft will include KB971033 in SP1?
If they did, it is unlikely to be optional. If it is kept optional, then Microsoft would have to change the way ‘SPs’ are distributed and installed. ‘SPs’ till now have been single, monolithic updates with no options. You agree to install the whole SP or not.
There is a POSSIBILITY that Microsoft will not include KB971033 (or an equivalent) in SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4 or SP5. As I have consistently maintained Microsoft is in favor of pirated Windows 7! It gives them much needed market share. Pirated Windows 7 is Microsoft’s answer to free Linux and the better Mac. It is “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when it comes to PCs.
So here are the scenarios vis-à-vis KB971033 and SP1:
- Microsoft includes KB971033 (or equivalent) but makes it optional — though this would, forever, change the complexion and meaning of Windows SPs.
- Microsoft, given that it is just so glad to have the market share, will not include KB971033 (or equivalent).
- Microsoft includes KB971033 (or equivalent) and it is an integral update that cannot be selectively disabled prior to or during the installation of SP1
In an ideal world NONE of us that have genuine copies of Windows 7 should worry about this. The WAT check should be a trivial formality. But, we all know, viscerally, that Microsoft can and thus WILL screw up. We used to call that Murphy’s Law. It said “If it can go wrong, it will.” Maybe we should now call it Ballmer’s Law. “If it can be screwed up, Microsoft will make sure that it does get screwed up.”
That is rub. That is why I omitted to install KB971033 though I have very bona fide copy of Windows 7 Professional from newegg.com … with receipts to prove I paid for it.
I will keep you posted. I am already monitoring the Web for SP1 news.