Alex Kochis, director of Microsoft's Genuine Windows team, has announced that its counterfeit software detection tool - Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) - will be updated this week.
The latest version of WGA, to be deployed to customers via Windows Update, is designed to be easier to install and customers running the latest existing release won't be required to repeat the install process again.
Armed with the ability to detect the latest batch of stolen product keys or other attempts at illegally avoiding activation, the updated WGA will focus its attention on illegitimate installations of Windows XP Professional - the most counterfeited edition of Windows, says Microsoft.
As with previous WGA releases, users will be notified at boot that they might be a victim of software counterfeiting. That'll be followed by an all-black desktop background and persistent system tray notifications.