Users running pirated copies of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 can now download Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft announced Thursday. From the moment it released IE7 almost a year ago, Microsoft has restricted the browser to users who can prove they own a legitimate copy of the operating system. Before Microsoft allows the browser to download, it runs the user?s PC through a Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation test, a prime part of XP?s antipiracy software. When it instituted the requirement in 2006, Microsoft said rights to IE7 was one of the rewards for being legal. It changed its mind Thursday, saying the move is in users? best interest.
?Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we?re updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users,? said Steve Reynolds, an IE program manager in a posting to a Microsoft company blog. ?With today?s ?Installation and Availability Update,? Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users.?
Users can download IE7 from Microsoft?s site immediately or wait for it to appear in Windows Update as a high-priority item. It will take several months for Windows Update to roll out IE7 to all XP customers, and anyone dissatisfied with the new browser can downgrade to IE6 by using the Add/Remove Programs control panel applet. A blocking tool kit is still available for companies and organizations that don?t use Windows Server Update Services and want to permanently prevent IE7 from automatically installing on PCs equipped with IE6. Not that it would be a big news or anything because there exist many workarounds and cracked versions of IE7 but it?s a nice move from Microsoft.
so magic what you say . i know probaly the wost browser in the world but free from microsoft