Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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RE[2]: No upgrades
by MOS6510 on Thu 16th Aug 2012 12:09 UTC in reply to "RE: No upgrades"
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Member since:
2011-05-12

Unless you buy a original Windows 8 medium I guess.

Still, it's a bit weird the mighty Microsoft can't code something that allows you to turn a time limited demo in to a full product, because well, it already is a full product with a timer.

My guess is the timer is made so hacker proof that it just can't be removed/deactivated without blowing up the computer.

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RE[3]: No upgrades
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 16th Aug 2012 12:16 in reply to "RE[2]: No upgrades"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah it's ridiculous. I mean, why not just offer up a enter-your-serial when the 90 days run out? Shouldn't be too hard.

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RE[4]: No upgrades
by MOS6510 on Thu 16th Aug 2012 12:20 in reply to "RE[3]: No upgrades"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Talking of which, has anyone noticed that Microsoft has improved the serial number entry process over the years?

It would be even better if it also had auto correct. If you make a mistake entering the code it would correct it for you.

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RE[4]: No upgrades
by tanzam75 on Mon 20th Aug 2012 19:06 in reply to "RE[3]: No upgrades"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

Yeah it's ridiculous. I mean, why not just offer up a enter-your-serial when the 90 days run out? Shouldn't be too hard.


I dunno, the change-your-serial-number interface still seems to be present. I don't know if it works, because I don't have any serial numbers to test with. But it may very well work with a serial number for the Enterprise SKU.

The problem may be that there is an upgrade mechanism, but no downgrade mechanism. Enterprise is the highest edition of Windows -- it's essentially Ultimate plus a bunch of enterprise-only features.

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RE[3]: No upgrades
by Stephen! on Thu 16th Aug 2012 13:30 in reply to "RE[2]: No upgrades"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

My guess is the timer is made so hacker proof that it just can't be removed/deactivated without blowing up the computer.


Is anything ever truly hacker proof though?

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RE[4]: No upgrades
by MOS6510 on Thu 16th Aug 2012 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: No upgrades"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, someone will probably post a tool on The Pirate Bay disabling the timer.

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RE[4]: No upgrades
by ichi on Thu 16th Aug 2012 18:37 in reply to "RE[3]: No upgrades"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Is anything ever truly hacker proof though?


Women and social relations come to mind ;)

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RE[4]: No upgrades
by bassbeast on Thu 16th Aug 2012 21:18 in reply to "RE[3]: No upgrades"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

If you didn't know this is why Secureboot is required of OEMs, as it allows the BSA to catch pirates easier. If you go to TPB and look up "Win 7 all versions pre-activated" you'll see that thanks to the bootloader hack they have had a version of Win 7 that passes WGA for a couple of years now, it even greys out the Windows Update that would upgrade WGA and catch it, pretty slick those pirates.

Personally I think the whole thing is retarded because even a humble PC repairman could wipe out Windows piracy in the west in a week. watch how easy it is to wipe out piracy...Win Starter $35, Home $50, Pro and Family Packs $100. with those prices nobody would bother to pirate and that would cover every use case, from those on older P4s that need to get off XP to those that are building their own systems. I know they are currently selling Win 8 pro for $40 but that's a time limited deal like they did with Win 7, whereas my plan would kill piracy dead.

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