MS updates: real Windows users only need apply

The Register reports that Microsoft are planning to

stop providing updates to non-genuine versions of its Windows XP operating system as part of its anti-piracy campaign.

I’m flagging this up not because I disagree – it seems quite reasonable, really – but because I wanted to download an update, using my (I should point out) legitimate copy of Windows XP, a week or so ago, and it wouldn’t accept my verification code. I was irritated, and I must have another look into it and contact the MS support bods.