May 16, 2001

MS tips its hand on WinXP protection system

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "The importance of 2469 would therefore seem to us to be that it's the first build
where Microsoft has given us some indication of how tough the protection in the
shipping product will be. So this might be Product Activation, Release Candidate 1.
According to Joolz of (which is currently running a Verdict on 2469
piece), the problem lies in something Microsoft's done to winlogon.exe. "The old
crack was to replace that file with an older version. This no longer works. It blue
screens during setup if you do that! Its winlogon.exe that handles the activation."
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