Microsoft to crack down on Vista cracks
Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:14 AM
The just-announced update, which will go out via Windows Update (WU) and install automatically on most Vista machines, will detect two cracks commonly used to activate pirated copies of the operating system. The cracks evade Vista's built-in counterfeit-detection technology by sidestepping product activation and spoofing a legitimate installation.
One of the cracks, "Grace Timer," extends Vista's activation grace period, which is normally 30 days, until the year 2099. The other, called OEM BIOS, modifies system files and the PC's BIOS to mimic the product activation done by computer-makers at the factory.
Both will be blocked by Vista SP1, the major update that will hit WU as an optional download in mid-March and automatically download and install the next month.
February's Vista update, however, will only detect cracks, notify the user and offer up a solution, said Alex Kochis, senior product manager for Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program, in a post to the team's blog. It will not disable, block or cripple the cracks.
"It's important to note that this update does not disable the exploits it finds," said Kochis. "It simply alerts customers that exploits exist." At the same time it rolls out the crack-detection update, Microsoft will also post a separate removal tool for download, Kochis added. "In the future, we will integrate the removal of the exploits with the detection," he said.
If the sniffer detects an activation hack, it will pop up a warning that includes a link to the removal tool. People whose PCs don't have Grace Timer or OEM BIOS on their PCs will not see the pop-up.
Kochis also detailed what happens when users upgrade to SP1 if they take no action after being told a crack has been found. People who used Grace Timer to scam the system will start seeing Vista's new dunning messages immediately, he said; those who relied on OEM BIOS will begin receiving the alerts about 15 days later.
Currently, Vista SP1 is in limbo, since Microsoft yanked a prerequisite update -- not associated with the crack-detection add-on that Kochis touted today -- from distribution after users reported it sent their PCs into an endless loop of reboots. That update must be in place before Microsoft can send SP1 to users via Windows Update.
Today, a company spokeswoman said that the snafu would not delay SP1's March debut. "This will not affect the SP1 release schedule," the spokeswoman said in an e-mail. "We are on schedule to release Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update and the download center in mid-March and to users using Automatic Update in mid-April."
Posted 23 February 2008 - 06:41 AM
Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:19 PM
This still won't stop pirating... they will still find more ways around it. Its all a game of cat and mouse, although its more like Pirate's and Microsoft.
It´s very rare for me to post anything on these forum page´s , "cause im shy"
but i had to write something about cracking vista i´ve been useing a vista oem activation tool , works perfectly i have no problems updating my vista ultimate and never get any problems what so ever , used the tool on 4 diferent comps now and they have runned for since march 2007 so allmost a year now.
here´s a link for the tool http://isohunt.com/t...ool?tab=summary
read install instrucktions & and install.
hope this can be of some use..
best regards darksinner.
Posted 11 March 2008 - 10:41 AM
This one "KB940510" is the update that should downgrade the activation key to a 30 trial period , but according to other users of http://keznews.com/4...on_Vista_cracks vista´s attempt to remove cracks is a hoax
Posted 04 June 2008 - 05:39 PM
Edited by tonytgman, 04 June 2008 - 07:33 PM.
Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:58 AM
First hello everyone this is my first time here. Second where can i find a copy of the pirated windows vista??? Or is there somehow I can get a copy (downloaded for free) of the whole OS and use some hacks... THANKS EVERYONE !!!
the pirated windows vista????
Why not buy a legal copy? By the way, vista is out, you should turn to Windows 7 now.
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