15 March 2007

Thoughts on the BIOS emulation crack for Vista

"But no matter how clever this crack is, it's ultimately doomed to being picked up on and disabled by WGA. Not only does it seem tied to specific product keys (and we already know that Microsoft can deliver WGA updates directly to systems running certain keys), but it also relies on installing software drivers to emulate the BIOS. That kind of hack is so not going to go underneath the radar. Yeah, sure, Microsoft is going to lose a few bucks to this crack where people can avoid updates and such, but a a wide-scale piracy tool, it's doomed. Anyone buying a pirated copy of Vista is eventually going to get a nasty surprise.

All this does is give Microsoft another chance to tighten WGA and make things harder for legitimate users."

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