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Windows 7: Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7

07 May 2009   #1

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Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7

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With Windows 7, Microsoft is making some subtle changes to the ways it tries to thwart piracy.

As has been the case for some time, Microsoft's strategy hinges on requiring a user to electronically verify their copy of the software, a process known as activation, and then the software also periodically validates that a copy of Windows is genuine.

In Windows Vista, if a user does not activate their software immediately, they get a warning that they still need to do so. The dialog box offers two options, to activate immediately or to do so later. However, the activate later box cannot be checked for 15 seconds.

Microsoft decided this was a bit too annoying. With Windows 7, users can click activate later immediately, but then get a dialog box touting the benefits of activation.

It's the latest effort by Microsoft to scale back the intrusiveness of its technology while still aiming to deter piracy. With the first service pack to Vista, Microsoft made the software significantly more usable to those whose versions of Windows are determined not to be genuine. Before that, Vista systems entered a nearly unusable "reduced functionality mode" once they were deemed to be non-genuine.

"We think we've gotten it to a pretty good place where it strikes an effective balance," said Alex Kochis, director of product management for Microsoft's Genuine Windows unit. "We're committed to the program for the long term because it works."

Microsoft said in December 2007 that it was seeing Windows Vista pirated at only half the rate of Windows XP. Kochis said that general trend has continued.

With Windows 7, Microsoft is also changing the name of its antipiracy technology, from Windows Genuine Advantage to Windows Activation Technologies. The Windows Genuine name took some beatings in the Windows XP time frame, so probably a good move from a PR standpoint.

The software maker is also adding technology designed to make it easier for businesses to activate multiple machines as well as manage activation for virtual machines.
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07 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

Something tells me they'll have it cracked in a day or so.

Really MS. Stop trying to charge for Operating systems.

Windows CRAcKtivation Technologies
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07 May 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you don't want to be charged for an OS, then don't use Windows
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07 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 (RTM via MSDN)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abuttino View Post
Something tells me they'll have it cracked in a day or so.

Really MS. Stop trying to charge for Operating systems.

Windows CRAcKtivation Technologies
Why would MS not charge for their work? Did you maybe forget the smiley? MS is a for-profit entity, and if that does not fit your personal values, then look at a open software solution.

PhreePhly
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07 May 2009   #5

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

oh great.... this is exactly what i was hoping not to read... just for the simple fact that this is taking focus off the OS itself now... a huge de ja vu from Longhorn days
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07 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abuttino View Post
Something tells me they'll have it cracked in a day or so.

Really MS. Stop trying to charge for Operating systems.

Windows CRAcKtivation Technologies
Hey, as long as it works I'm willing to pay for it. If you don't want to pay for an operating system then switch to linux

Honestly though, they could lower the prices a bit, I'm not saying go from like $300 to $30 but maybe down to like $100 for Home Premium, $50 for basic, etc.

Just my thoughts.
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07 May 2009   #7

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Microsoft said in December 2007 that it was seeing Windows Vista pirated at only half the rate of Windows XP.
There's a joke in there that needs to be made.
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07 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 7068
 
 

I think that for the efforts they've put together it's fair to pay the right price.

By the way, if the licence was 300$ think that you're using it almost each day, let's say 300 days a year. You use it for more than one year let's say 3 year before change (but you can transfer your licence! so

300/300 = 1
and then 1/3 = 0.33 cent per day, whoop whoop not to expensive

and it will probably not be 300€
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07 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abuttino View Post
Something tells me they'll have it cracked in a day or so.
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I couldn't agree more

And PhreePhly, stop being a hypocrit! Just take a look at your System Specs and tell us which OS are you using...
btw, where did you get it? LOL
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07 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Quantum View Post
I think that for the efforts they've put together it's fair to pay the right price.

By the way, if the licence was 300$ think that you're using it almost each day, let's say 300 days a year. You use it for more than one year let's say 3 year before change (but you can transfer your licence! so

300/300 = 1
and then 1/3 = 0.33 cent per day, whoop whoop not to expensive

and it will probably not be 300

It is expensive when you have to pay it all at one time. Not everyones rich. =(
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