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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Autopatcher & Micro$oft

source: labnol
Windows Autopatcher, that made life so simple for Windows XP users, is officially no more.
A little Autopatcher background - Micro$oft announced XP SP2 in August 2004 and have have released hundreds of security updates and hotfixes since then.
If you install Windows XP on a new computer, you either have to download numerous updates from Windows Update website or you could install the latest version of AutoPatcher XP which includes each and every fix released by MSFT.
The Autopatcher installer is maintained by Windows enthusiasts - it saved bandwidth for thousand of XP users and the software was even distributed with some popular Computer Magazines.
Today, Micro$oft Legal called up the AutoPatcher team asking them to discontinue the project and remove the download links. Microsoft is concerned that malicious software could be redistributed with Microsoft Update via Autopatcher. Microsoft will only allow updates to be downloaded from its own servers. It's strange that Microsoft legal team acted now though the project has been in existence for the past four years.Now that AutoPatcher is history, Micro$oft should work towards releasing the XP SP3 final package real soon else offline Windows XP users will have no way to keep their computer updated with recent Micro$oft patches except slipstreaming with nLite

The action:
From: MSAntipiracy01
Date: Aug 29, 2007 11:24 AM
Subject: Demand for Immediate Take Down - Notice of Infringing
Activity - MS Ref. 98024

Demand for Immediate Take-Down: Notice of Infringing Activity

Dear Sir or Madam,
Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.

1. Identification of copyrighted works:
Copyrighted work(s):
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional x64
Windows 2003 Server Enterprise
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows 2000 Professional
Office Professional Edition 2003
Office Professional 2007
Office XP Professional

Copyright owner:Microsoft Corporation

2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):

The above computer program(s) is being made available for copying, through downloading, at the above location without authorization of the copyright owner.

3. Statement of authority:
The information in this notice is accurate, and I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to act on behalf of Microsoft, the owner of the copyright(s) in the work(s) identified above. I have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by Microsoft, its agents, or the law.

We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take expeditious action to remove or disable access to the material described above, and thereby prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of this software via your company's network.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding what actions you take.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Anaman
Internet Investigator
on behalf of Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States of America

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