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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Some obvious questions...
by rklrkl on Mon 20th Sep 2010 05:42 UTC
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Firstly, is this unlocking software only available in Windows? What if you've wiped it and are running a Linux or BSD distro instead?

Secondly, do you need this unlocking software running all the time or does it modify part of Windows and then exit (in which case, a simple software crack to simulate the Windows change would do)?

If it modifies the BIOS NVRAM in some way (i.e. sets a flag or something that's remembered even if you re-install Windows/Linux/BSD), then again a software hack to simulate that would do (although BIOS code may need to be disassembled and patched if the "flag" is more than a simple boolean).

I suspect someone will crack it fairly quickly, but it could get messily exponential - it might be a BIOS hack that's needed (and BIOS releases come out frequently and are unique to each PC model, never mind OEM). Sadly, there's no actual technical details anywhere how this "upgrade" is done (other than "some software is downloaded and run" [and obviously has a code to authorise it]) so we can only guess at the moment.

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