Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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RE: This is nothing new...
by jwwf on Sun 19th Sep 2010 22:44 UTC in reply to "This is nothing new..."
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Not only that, but IBM and other big iron companies have been doing this for years, maybe decades.

There was a VAX in the 80s which could be "upgraded" by a microcode swap which, essentially, removed some no-ops put in there to deliberately slow down the machine. IBM used to do this on AS400s too...the upgrade was a hardware dongle IIRC, but I think it just told the OS to let the processor execute jobs for a greater percentage of the time (the other part being no-ops).

Anyway, is it lame? Sure!

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