Perhaps I'm just a cynic, but it seems to me that, if Microsoft sees as many bootleg versions of Windows as their ridiculous anti-piracy efforts would suggest, they might benefit from revamping their pricing models. Seriously, if Vista Basic cost $49.95 and the Premium version cost $99.95, would there be any need to put up with a shifty little tap-dance that involves Microsoft sending you hate mail while supposedly still allowing you to download the latest security updates ?
See the dirty details here:
Here's a further pile-o-stuff about Vista:
As for Microsoft's current anti-piracy strategy, Windows Genuine Advantage, that has proven to be no bed of roses either. I mean, once you've allowed WGA to run on your machine once, why would you need to put up with it over and over and over and over again?
Here's some supporting information: