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Windows 7: Pirates offer Windows 7 on USB sticks

02 Dec 2009   #1
Slimy

Windows 7
 
 
Pirates offer Windows 7 on USB sticks

The Chinese black market has started selling copies of Windows 7 on USB disk drives. Microsoft considered doing this at one point, but that idea never came to fruition.

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02 Dec 2009   #2
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

Wow...$14 for Windows 7 AND an 8GB flash drive!
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03 Dec 2009   #3
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Wow. If Microsoft did this i wouldn't have to buy a cd-drive.
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03 Dec 2009   #4
wee

XP/W7/Lucid/Arch
 
 

When I bought a student upgrade it came with a windows ISO to thumb but it was pulled due to open source code possibly being part of the third party program. I had heard that MS was going to reissue this program it also would install DVD's and ISO's to a thumb. I used it so I have a 8 gig bootable thumb and a DVD.
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03 Dec 2009   #5
Qdos

 

These packages were actually available in China a week before the official W7 launch, and there are so called 'pre-activated' versions of W7 which are floating around in warez-land in ISO form and can be burned and run from a disk.

For every measure there shall be a counter-measure... (which seems to be the pirates law on the conservation of their momentum... )
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03 Dec 2009   #6
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi all
I sometimes think that even if MS gave the stuff away FREE (or even with a 5 USD voucher) people would STILL pirate the stuff -- just because they could.

You'll never kill piracy - you can only reduce it to something less than a "minor irritant".

The main problems in China (or at least talking to a Chinese colleague whilst drinking delicious Chinese Beer in a great pub in the "French Concession" in one of Shanghai's best tourist districts recently) are


1) suspicion that any "Official" copy has "secret government spyware " inserted in it to make sure people aren't accessing "Non approved" websites -- a bit paranoid but you have to have visited China --not Hong Kong BTW to understand this.

2) Whilst China has made HUGE economic strides recently for a lot of people 14 USD is still a significant amount of money. Pricing must be made a lot more realistic for the Chinese market.

Cheers
jimbo
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04 Dec 2009   #7
wee

XP/W7/Lucid/Arch
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
I sometimes think that even if MS gave the stuff away FREE (or even with a 5 USD voucher) people would STILL pirate the stuff -- just because they could.

You'll never kill piracy - you can only reduce it to something less than a "minor irritant".

The main problems in China (or at least talking to a Chinese colleague whilst drinking delicious Chinese Beer in a great pub in the "French Concession" in one of Shanghai's best tourist districts recently) are


1) suspicion that any "Official" copy has "secret government spyware " inserted in it to make sure people aren't accessing "Non approved" websites -- a bit paranoid but you have to have visited China --not Hong Kong BTW to understand this.

2) Whilst China has made HUGE economic strides recently for a lot of people 14 USD is still a significant amount of money. Pricing must be made a lot more realistic for the Chinese market.

Cheers
jimbo
Thats just their government the NSA has had backdoor stuff working with MS since XP.
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04 Dec 2009   #8
masterB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awenthol View Post
Wow...$14 for Windows 7 AND an 8GB flash drive!
I think the price is only for the flash drive.

Still cheap.
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04 Dec 2009   #9
cloud8521

 

cant wait till windows gives us preloaded terabyte hard drives preinstalled with windows you just hookup, then start and go trough a little configuring. the preinstall cant be deleted :O so yeah, that would suck if u wanted to sell just the drive
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04 Dec 2009   #10
Qdos

 

Embedded versions of Windows have been available for years...

They're what powers many fruit machines in gambling malls LOL...
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