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: Are they sure ?
by Laurence on Mon 20th Sep 2010 09:53 UTC in reply to "Are they sure ?"
Laurence
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I still can't understand how I can buy a physical thing (a piece of hardware I can touch!) but limited to use only some parts.


It already happens with CPUs: AMD's x3 range processors are just quad-core chips with one core disabled.

The difference here is unlocking the 4th core is free but unsupported as most of the time it's disabled due to a manufacturing defect. However there are plenty of tri-core AMDs floating about that had a working 4th core locked purely to meet quotas.

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