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Microsoft’s newest addition to the Windows family is coming early 2007 and has various editions ranging in price from a $99.95 USD upgrade to a full blown “Ultimate” version for $399.00 USD. But don’t get your hopes up about pirating Microsoft’s new Windows Vista. The software giant has taken extra precautions in protecting the operating system from any tampering. Of course piracy will still exist; however, Microsoft has made it clear that if you are going to do it, it’s going to be exceptionally difficult and annoying in order to be a pirate. Very unappealing to counterfeiters and their consumers to purchase an illegitimate copy of Windows Vista.

Some of these theft-deterrents include the standard features we are used to with Windows XP such as WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) and the WPA (Windows Product Activation) along with some new procedures. When not activating before 30-days, Windows Vista will not completely lock down the use of your PC as there are to be many different “modes” a user may enter in order for restoring their system back to normal. Some of these modes include the “crippled mode” which essentially turns your PC into a temporary web-browsing only machine, as well the online and over the phone purchasing screens that we are already accustomed to. Of course Vista will still allow you to finally enter in a valid serial key if you have not already done so.

There are also some new internal monitoring systems that watch for internal tampering with the operating system. This is due in part because of the WAU (Windows Anytime Upgrade) which allows users to upgrade their Windows Vista Edition at virtually any time. It’s a three step process that requires Vista users to select their upgrade, download the files, and finally install and upgrade their edition of Windows Vista. With the added functionality built into the system, Microsoft is on the ball watching for any post-activation tampering with the operating system. It is rumored that the operating system will do routine internal checks to ensure the validity of the software. If the software is found not to be valid for whatever reason in the future, certain key features such as Aero, ReadyBoost, and Windows Defender will all be disabled and the user will be promptly notified that an issue has arisen with the software’s licensing.

In summation it is not worth the hassle. With the amount of time, effort, and knowledge required to bypass all the security systems it would be more economical to simply purchase a legitimate version; especially when the upgrades from XP are so cheap. The point to take away here is that Microsoft is serious about stopping piracy, and sends a loud message that it really isn’t worth it. Sorry Cap’n Jack.

Source: Ars Technica, LLC

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