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[3]: No upgrades
by Stephen! on Thu 16th Aug 2012 13:30 UTC 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[5]: No upgrades
by quackalist on Thu 16th Aug 2012 18:41 in reply to "RE[4]: No upgrades"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Doubtless, though imagine the lowish price for upgrades might encourage a lot more to go legit and probably roll in more cash for MS than otherwise.

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RE[5]: No upgrades
by zima on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 23:45 in reply to "RE[4]: No upgrades"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though crackers don't need to worry about support calls, disabled machines - for them, 99% success rate is a reason for celebration; for MS, that would be a disaster.

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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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