Windows 7...

By Snuffy09 ·
How is Microsoft cracking down on software Piracy with windows 7?

I know lots of people that have perfectly working bootleg copies of xp and vista.

Will 7 be harder to hack/copy?

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Are they perfectly working UPDATED bootleg copies ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows 7...

Because there is a difference.

I would infer that the majority of TR peers have touched a bootleg copy of something at some point, otherwise they're not getting about much.

However there is a big difference between "perfectly working bootleg copies of xp and vista" and copies that can update and that are secure when (if ever) online.

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yes, they could be updated...

by Snuffy09 In reply to Are they perfectly workin ...

maybe its more about the activation key you use than anything else?

I have had access to a Vista ultimate disk before that had the product key embedded (or cracked) that would also allow all Microsoft updates.

and im not sure what you mean by being "secure online"?

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Nor am I

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to yes, they could be update ...

You can say lots of things about Windows but referring to it as Secure While On Line isn't one of them.

Though here I think OM means that the cracked copy isn't full of crap that is calling home to talk to mommy. Well at least no more than Legit copies of Windows.


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I toyed with 'As secure as..' then 'More secure if' then ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Nor am I

Various other phrases all of which led me back to the inalienable fact that M$ OSes are heavily flawed right out of the box.

Suffice to say, I have not seen a 'perfectly working bootleg of anything since Windows for Workgroups 3.11' that hasn't eventually hiccuped due to some piece of its core being missing/messed with.

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by Snuffy09 In reply to I toyed with 'As secure a ...

You get an iso of the os that has been passed down the line.

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by Snuffy09 In reply to Nor am I

but as far as i know they are clean.

Reason for starting this post, I was just curious if MS was doing anything with windows 7 to make it harder to pirate, Tracking?, blocking?, or taking legal actions against people running bootleg copies?... I guess legal action may not happen due to huge numbers of hacked copies of windows out there.

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Well the reality is that M$ isn't interested in Individuals

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to true.

But they do regularly catch and fine Businesses who breach the Licensing. That can be a company who buys a Volume License for 150 computers and installs it on 200 and then proceeds to use them to save money or

A shop who buys an Action pack and then proceeds to load that onto all new computers while charging the customer for the M$ Product. Those places are Fair Game to M$ and they do pursue them diligently. Domestic Users though are just not worth while for M$ to pursue as they can not Name & Shame them in the same way they they do Business who steal from M$.

But the majority of Bootlegged Copies of M$ Products that I have seen are Volume License that has been misused so from that prospective they are the same as the Legit versions of Windows being sold but without the Activation Requests when you change Hardware. That alone make those popular.


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good info

by Snuffy09 In reply to Well the reality is that ...
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i noticed...

by Snuffy09 In reply to Well the reality is that ...

you mentioned the term "action pack", is that like a site license for system builders? Sorry, that?s a new vocab term for me :).

Is it cheaper than buying a handful of windows licenses?

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by ---TK--- In reply to Windows 7...

can be cracked... all it takes is time.

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