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Microsoft Looking to Tighten Up Windows 8 Activation Requirements

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Sounds more stringent, and sounds like it should had been done A LOOOOONG time ago. Microsoft actually has been real generous with pirated copies and pirates. They even allowed pirated copies to still receive updates with 7 until and update flagged down all the pirated copies. I've heard that it's still easy to pirate 7, but doesn't sound at all easy with 8. Good work.
    One way to do it was to add an OEM SLIC table to your BIOS and then USE the matching OEM Branded install media to do the install. I personally think that that is one of the reasons why you don't get OEM Branded Install media with a new PC anymore. It sounds like OA3.0 will detect that kind of mod.

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  2. #12


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    Software can already rewrite your BIOS from inside the OS anyway.

    MB BIOS updaters can be run from inside Windows.
    I've used them and they work.

    The latest Blackhat conference had a malware POC that could install itself in peripheral firmware.
    It could rewrite the machine's BIOS whenever it "felt" like it.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Sounds more stringent, and sounds like it should had been done A LOOOOONG time ago. Microsoft actually has been real generous with pirated copies and pirates. They even allowed pirated copies to still receive updates with 7 until and update flagged down all the pirated copies. I've heard that it's still easy to pirate 7, but doesn't sound at all easy with 8. Good work.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by win7 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Sounds more stringent, and sounds like it should had been done A LOOOOONG time ago. Microsoft actually has been real generous with pirated copies and pirates. They even allowed pirated copies to still receive updates with 7 until and update flagged down all the pirated copies. I've heard that it's still easy to pirate 7, but doesn't sound at all easy with 8. Good work.
    Snap son!
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  5. #15


    This has been the most exciting part.. The RTM leaking and getting it activated. I was very active on sevenforums (same username) when all the windows 7 leaks happened. That was fun. I found the whole windows 8 DP/CP/RP extremely boring and have only just installed 8 again in a dual boot setup. Microsoft say they will increase security but as we all know from the past, everything they ever make has been cracked. I will be honest though, I doubt I will buy or even use 8 unless I get a touch device, but I do prefer the RTM to the previous builds.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by win7 View Post
    This has been the most exciting part.. The RTM leaking and getting it activated.
    SO, you are saying that pirating of the OS and getting it to work without having to pay for it is the most exciting part?

    Quote Originally Posted by win7 View Post
    Microsoft say they will increase security but as we all know from the past, everything they ever make has been cracked.
    Yeah, and because people crack it, even when it's going to be available for $40, means that MS keeps putting in measures to make life miserable for the rest of us who do pay for our software. Jeezus people, if you don't think Windows is worth $40, why pirate it? Use something else that is worth it to you.
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  7. #17


    So what does this mean for people who have the Windows 8 Enterprise x64 version and they haven't installed it? You can install it, but will be nagged to activate constantly?
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Yeah, and because people crack it, even when it's going to be available for $40, means that MS keeps putting in measures to make life miserable for the rest of us who do pay for our software. Jeezus people, if you don't think Windows is worth $40, why pirate it? Use something else that is worth it to you.
    It's $40 for people who have an existing legitimate Windows installations.

    I haven't heard anything definitive about what everyone else is going to have pay to get it.

    Will there even be boxed versions for the build-your-own-PC user?
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  9. #19


    ^ Most people do have previous installs on their computer, so that won't be too much of a problem.

    I too haven't heard of a price yet for the home hobbyist builders. I've heard they are expected to purchase the "systems builder edition", which to me sounds like OEM and then technically you cannot move it to another computer. As a home hobbyist, I might instead really want to invest in a "retail" like copy that can be moved.

    I've been extremely disappointed in Microsoft for not getting this information out to the public. They just keep trickling little bits here and there, but don't want to commit to anything. it's really quite annoying.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    SO, you are saying that pirating of the OS and getting it to work without having to pay for it is the most exciting part?
    You can hardly pirate something that has not been released or is impossible to buy. I will also never be using it as my main OS and more than likely uninstall after I have finished playing, just as I did with the previous builds, and if I do use it (unlikely) I will pay for it. But yes I find it exciting (not so much with windows 8) but I installed every single leak of windows 7 right up to the RTM and activated any copy possible, just like many others did on sevenforums. It does not make me a pirate. I sent a lot of feedback when testing the win7 leaks also.
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