Windows Vista Cracked?

Windows VistaThis is everywhere in the news this morning. It appears that Windows Vista has been officially cracked! From what I have read up to now, the crack seems to be working by emulating certain vendor-specific information at the BIOS level, effectively circumventing product activation altogether.

Microsoft allows large hardware manufacturers (e.g. ASUS, HP, Dell) to ship their products containing a Windows Vista installation that does NOT require any kind of product activation as this might be considered an unnecessary inconvenience for the end-user.Instead these so-called ‘Royalty OEMs’ are granted the right to embed certain license information into their hardware products, which can be validated by Windows Vista to make obtaining further activation information (online or by phone) obsolete. This mechanism is commonly referred to as ‘SLP 2.0’ (‘system-locked pre-installation 2.0’) and consists of the following three key elements:

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Edit 06/03/07: I can now confirm that the crack works as announced. Someone I know reformated his box to try it out, and it worked perfectly fine. There’s going to be a lot of people using this, so Microsoft better hurry up and close the gap if they don’t want to end up having 1000’s of  ‘Genuine’ pirated copies of Vista running out there.

5 Responses to Windows Vista Cracked?

  1. Who in the hell would lose time to crack that unusable thing? Lots of work just for fun? Maybe… I'll wait for Windows 9. Maybe at v9 they can fix the system and make that thing less overloaded, better designed and working faster, maybe getting closer to the OSX. No, I do not missed Windows 7 and 8. I just know it will be more of the same and will skip it too. Maybe they need a disruption, a so newly and well redesigned OS that make it incompatible with the older ones. Maybe the v10. Windows X. :)

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