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Pirated versions of Vista may be useless, says Microsoft


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#1 Chubb

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 11:29 PM

Pirated versions of Vista may be useless, says Microsoft

Found this article from InfoWorld and CDRInfo, for information only, not sure if it is true or not.

http://www.infoworld...auseless_1.html

http://www.cdrinfo.c...px?NewsId=19008

Microsoft said supposedly pirated copies of its new Vista computer operating system "will be of limited value" to those who use them.

Microsoft responded Tuesday to reports that some Web sites have been circulating pirated copies of Vista and the Office 2007 applications suite.

But Microsoft said in a prepared statement that those pirated copies of the OS won't work for long.

"The copies available for download are not final code and users should avoid unauthorized copies which could be incomplete or tampered. This unauthorized download relies on the use of pre-RTM [release-to-manufacture]activation keys that will be blocked using Microsoft's Software Protection Platform. Consequently, these downloads will be of limited value," the statement said.

The company did not comment on reports of pirated versions of Office 2007.



#2 Lucian Bara

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 11:33 PM

Well, you actually will not need a code to install vista RTM, leave that filed empty and it will install a a 30 day trial.
To be hones that's only a first step, it's not like crackers are short of ideas. :D
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 11:57 PM

I have read somewhere that ActiveWin (not sure, don't remember the name of the site) did leak the true RTM accidentally, so not sure if Microsoft's statement maybe just a PR tone.

Yes, without the key, the RTM is just a trial. In order to meet customer expectation and demand, I would prefer Microsoft release the RTM as soon as possible, so that more people can try it as a trial and purchase a key in Jan 2007.

Software developers may find it difficult in finding enough beta testers to try the "designed for Vista" version of their beta software on Vista RTM. In order to cope with the retail release on 30 Jan 2007, and in order to fill the gap in these two months, Microsoft should release the trial version online asap, so that more people can download the RTM and join the beta testing of the new "designed for Vista" software. In the meantime, only MSDN subscribers can try the "designed for Vista" beta software on Vista RTM, while the majority of the users can do nothing. :D



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Posted 16 November 2006 - 07:49 AM

Even Volume License keys will now require periodic checks :D
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 03:04 PM

Even Volume License keys will now require periodic checks :)


Yes, volume license key is always the area of attack by crackers. When WGA is first introduced, many people in Hong Kong try to steal the license key at work and use it at home. They didn't realized that OEM or VL keys cannot be used in pirated retail versions. :) According to a Microsoft support staff, you can activate Windows as many times as you can, so long as your motherboard and CPU remain the same. I change hardware occassionally, and online activation is always accepted. ;)

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 07:28 PM

According to Neowin, the official MSDN version of Vista RTM is different from the leaked version, as the hash is different:

en_windows_vista_x86_dvd_X12-34293.iso = b71e04564ca22e4d9928e59298eff87cf62b382b
LRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso (BillGates) = b82590481755ba3420e7314bf82b8916a90963b5

Not sure if the difference is due to the EULA as MSDN has different licensing terms.