Microsoft Vista - get it whilst it's hot - and pirated

Ooops - Microsoft's much-maligned Vista operating system has leaked out on to the pirate world. Copies are now being sold in Chinatown in Manchester (allegedly), as well as downloadable on various Bittorrent Web indexing sites.

Oh, and on the Usenet as well.

Virtually all of the pirated versions of Vista appear to be called Vista BillGates, along with a dual set of activation keys and cracks, allowing the package to be installed on a PC with inpunity.

Microsoft told reporters yesterday that it was aware of the problem and was "taking steps" to stop the pirated software from working, presumably by blocking the serial number(s) involved...