Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: 10 Practical Reasons Not to Pirate

02 Dec 2011   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I haven't pirated a piece of software in probably close to 10 years now. There are a number of reasons that I no longer do it, and many of these reasons were mentioned in the article above.

More than anything, I don't find piracy necessary any longer as there is a plethora of perfectly suitable free alternatives available. With the exception of Microsoft Windows, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD, and Acronis True Image I use no other productivity software that has a cost associated with it.

With regards to the big cost software titles like Adobe Photoshop...I've just determined that it's absolutely and totally overkill for my basic needs. Tools like Paint.net have far more functionality than i will ever use. Sure, I'm not like all of the cool kids using their pirated copies of Photoshop. And I tire of the argument, "but I might want to become a computer graphic artist and this means that I will need to know Photoshop". Well, it's that true, then save your money, pony up for the software and get your hands on educational experience.

I don't use/trust/endorse pirated software because i absolutely DO NOT TRUST that they haven't been tampered with either with malware/virsues, or worse yet...keyloggers, backdoor hacks, etc. Sure, you can say, i virus scanned it and it came back fine. But then again, how do you know that the coder didn't monkey around with core OS functionality to a point where the AV software isn't working properly anymore?

And there have been numerous times when you try to help somebody with some strange problem nobody has ever seen before. Then you find out they are running a hacked/preactivated pirated copy of the software. Get them to obtain a legit copy of the OS and 9 times out of 10, this wierd unexplainable problem simply goes away.

And finally, I have worked for the past 15 years now (almost) exclusively for commercial software vendors.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Dec 2011   #12
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
And there have been numerous times when you try to help somebody with some strange problem nobody has ever seen before. Then you find out they are running a hacked/preactivated pirated copy of the software. Get them to obtain a legit copy of the OS and 9 times out of 10, this wierd unexplainable problem simply goes away..
This was actually a large part of my 'why not too' in the initial post I made. It's often enough difficult to find legitimate software that does stuff right. I don't see how these idiots can get something for free then complain when it doesn't work right, or their identity winds up stolen as a result.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Dec 2011   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also forgot, back in pirating days, it was almost like a fetish to download anything and everything. The more the better, right? Well, like the story indicated, storage gets consumed. But I cannot even imagine how craptastic a computer would perform with all of this hacked/manipulated garbage installed onto it.

No thanks, I'd rather just have the apps that I want and use regularly and have the fastest, cleanest, leanest system possible.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

02 Dec 2011   #14
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed
It's often enough difficult
note to self : drink coffee before posting in the morning.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Practical
I have my second semester physics practical examination on 24th april from 2 PM - 5 PM
Chillout Room
Have you used windows backup before? Is it practical?
I use Macrium Reflect to image my hard disk, out of interest I ask if Windows backup is useful or practical?
Backup and Restore
practical joke
if you want to have a little fun with a friend set there taskbar to autohide. once hidden take a screen shot with the print screen key. now set the desktop to hide all icons, and change their background to the screen shot you just took.
Chillout Room
Can someone explain the practical aspects of 510 ElmCrest?
I currently have an X58 chipset in a laptop with an X25-m 160GB SSD as boot which runs Crystal at 260MB/s sequential READ. Iím not so sure popping for a new 510 ElmCrest SSD is a cost effective improvement when running the old Intel X58 chipset. Since the SSD is so small, like many others have...
Hardware & Devices
Windows 7: Four reasons to upgrade, four reasons to st
Opinion: Microsoft's new OS offers the best of upgrading, the worst of upgrading The release of Windows 7 to manufacturing begins a tale of two operating systems: the one you want and the one you don't. It is packed with improvements and cool stuff, but it still carries a whiff of Vista that may...
News
Google Voice: 5 Reasons to Use It, 5 Reasons to Think T
Google Voice: 5 Reasons to Use It, 5 Reasons to Think Twice Google Voice: 5 Reasons to Use It, 5 Reasons to Think Twice - PC World Interesting indeed. Might be worth trying, and it certainly sounds cool. Google really has some great ideas, though privacy is indeed an issue here. I...
News


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:35.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App