Windows XP Black Features

Written by sean russell
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The release of both Windows Vista and Windows 7 advanced Microsoft's vision of an operating system. However, many prefer the tested and stable Microsoft Windows XP operating system, the dominant operating system for nine years. Software pirates have created their own version of Windows XP. Watch for several signs to tell if you are using the Microsoft Windows XP Black Edition engineered by these pirates.

Operating System Extras

One key difference between genuine Windows XP and Windows XP Black Edition is extras that are present in later versions of Microsoft Windows, but not in Windows XP. The Windows Side Bar, for example, is a section of the desktop that runs small programs called "widgets" to perform such actions as playing games, monitoring the amount of processing power being used and presenting headlines from daily RSS feeds. This program is available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, but not Windows XP users. However, the program is present in the Windows Black Edition pirate release. Although the program is available, you cannot download updates from the Microsoft website including new Side Bar widgets to Windows XP Black Edition.


Another sign you have downloaded the pirated Black Edition of Microsoft Windows XP is the additional software packages installed along with the operating system that are not usually included in the purchase price of an operating system. Windows XP Black edition comes with many free programs such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Firefox, QuickTime Alternative and Open Office, but the Black Edition also includes free hacks of proprietary software including Microsoft Office 2007, Magic ISO Maker, WinRAR, WinZIP and others. If you have fully installed versions of this software included in your operating system, they are not legal versions of the software and should be deleted immediately.

The Look

Windows XP has a distinctive blue and white look that has carried over to subsequent versions such as Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP Black Edition provides a black screen and black toolbars, even during installation. Once installed, the home desktop will be that of a pirate skull in front of two crossed sabres. This can be changed in the display settings, but it is an almost certain giveaway of a pirate Windows XP Black Edition copy. Users who encounter this edition should contact Microsoft for options on how to legitimise their copy of Windows or face possible copyright violations.

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