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Microsoft Warning against Piracy

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Microsoft warns about activation crack, but 'pleased' people want to install Windows 7

By Tim Conneally and Nate Mook | Published July 29, 2009, 6:20 PM



As to be expected, Microsoft responded to news today that Windows 7 activation had already been cracked by telling Betanews that customers should not pirate the operating system. But the company also said it was happy to hear that people wanted to install Windows 7.
Following the publication of an activation crack for Windows 7 mere days after it was released to manufacturing, we contacted Microsoft to hear its take on the issue, which appears to be a repeat of the Windows Vista crack from 2006. Windows XP activation was also cracked not long after its launch.
"Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites is piracy, and exposes users to increased risks -- such as viruses, Trojans and other malware and malicious code -- that usually accompany counterfeit software. These risks can seriously harm or permanently destroy data and often expose users to identity theft and other criminal schemes," the company told us.
Nonetheless, Microsoft actually seemed flattered by the crack, a surprising admission that probably has more to do with making Windows desirable again than piracy.
"We're pleased that customers are eager to begin using Windows 7!" a Microsoft spokesperson added.
Decades ago, the anecdotes go, Microsoft actually liked people pirating Windows, because it helped spread the operating system and eventually establish its dominance across the PC market. It may be "strongly advising" people not to pirate Windows 7, but it's clear the company desperately wants customers to want the upgrade.
Is this a sign of lowered expectations after Vista's painful launch, which was delayed by more than nine months and then saw only a lukewarm reception?
 


J

JDonner

Guest
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Who needs an activation crack anyways to get the thing activated. :rolleyes:
 


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lol why?

lol you're actually asking why someone needs a crack to activate it? Oh, I don't know... maybe 'cause they don't want to pay the bloated MS prices for a piece of software only one release away from the worst OS ever since windows ME? peh.
 


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98 percent of the problems people have had with vista are OPERATOR ERRORS!!!!
i have run vista since it's launch, and have never had a problem with it. of course i have
always run ultimate, and not home premium. but none the less, it has been an excellent
op sys for me, and i have never understood the beef people have had with this op sys. when i have asked some people to explain, they always give me ignorant things, that they could easily have remedied. there is nothing wrong with vista, and seven is even better!
 


Mike

Windows Forum Admin
Staff member
Premium Supporter
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98 percent of the problems people have had with vista are OPERATOR ERRORS!!!!
i have run vista since it's launch, and have never had a problem with it. of course i have
always run ultimate, and not home premium. but none the less, it has been an excellent
op sys for me, and i have never understood the beef people have had with this op sys. when i have asked some people to explain, they always give me ignorant things, that they could easily have remedied. there is nothing wrong with vista, and seven is even better!
Finally... the truth revealed... noone wants to admit they can make a mistake :) Problem between desk and chair. Unpatched retail Vista was unstable but by SP1 most of the kernel level slowdowns had been fixed.
 


Highwayman

Extraordinary Member
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I've gotta admit every single person I've come across loved Vista apart from the idiots that would be better of using a Xbox360 or PS3 due to their low brain matter...lol
 


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