Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2011 22:30 UTC
Windows Why, would you look at this. All this time we were expecting Apple to be the first one to flip the switch and limit desktop users to Mac App Store applications and turn Mac OS X into a walled garden, but in fact, Microsoft will be the first to flip this switch. As it turns out, Metro applications can only be installed through the Windows Store - with sideloading only for enterprises and developers (this doesn't apply to legacy applications).
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korpenkraxar
Member since:
2005-09-10

If this is sold as a Windows copy protection measurement for Microsoft, couldn't you just make windows install media and the installed OS query the system for signatures without having to lock out other OSes...?

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

It is a slippery slope, they might eventually lock it down completely.

Then the Windows PC is locked down with TPM like an X-Box (which is also a Windows computer).

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

This wouldn't ultimately be in intel's interest considering they just want to sell processors and chipsets. Artificially limiting customers wouldn't be in their interest. Unless they thing thy can upcharge for more freedom.

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

To enable usage of non-Secure Boot OSes, Secure Boot may be disabled in the firmware just as the TPM can, and TPM is not required for Secure Boot.

It's not a license enforcement mechanism.
It's used to ensure the boot path is not compromised and protect against malware.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

To enable usage of non-Secure Boot OSes, Secure Boot may be disabled in the firmware just as the TPM can, and TPM is not required for Secure Boot.

It's not a license enforcement mechanism.
It's used to ensure the boot path is not compromised and protect against malware.


Sanity has been restored. *golf clap*

Now if only we could get the conspiracy theorists to live in the real world...

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