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[2]: This is nothing new...
by JAlexoid on Mon 20th Sep 2010 07:21 UTC in reply to "RE: 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!

Because for IBM mainframes you pay for licensing/usage of the CPUs. All of the mainframes come preinstalled with more CPUs than you ordered for failover and additional power when you pay. But this is in a nieche market where the buyer is well informed, not uninformed consumer market - that what makes it bad....

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