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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Interesting, but open to price gouging
by r_a_trip on Mon 20th Sep 2010 10:29 UTC
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It could be an interesting model if Intel is fair in its pricing scheme. If you buy a chip with 50% of the capabilities disabled and you only pay 50% of the full feature set, this could be a winner. It gives you the opportunity to buy at reduced pricing and afterwards get more power when needed without having to put in a new CPU.

It's just that the temptation is always there for Intel to reduce the capabilities to 50% and still charge 75% of the price. The upgrade to unlock the rest at 50% pricepoint would mean you pay 125% of the market price in comparison to a chip that doesn't artificially limit you.

I also wonder how the unlock works. Is it a microcode and hardware thing, or is it some tweak in the Windows drivers? If so, how do you perform an unlock on an alternative platform? If it is purely an OS tweak, what is to stop a "pirate" from saying "Arrgh, here is your unlock keygen en driver tweak?"

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