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With the latest Windows 8 build (8064) that has been delivered to Intel, it’s clear that the company is taking strides to make sure that its upcoming OS isn’t quit so easy to pirate. For starters, the generic volume license keys that were so easily exploited during the early days of Windows 7 leaks will no longer be an option for pirates. Product keys also won’t be shipped in the prodkey.txt file included in the build packages. Instead, installers will need to retrieve a unique key from a Microsoft web page.

There’s also a good possibility that the recently-surfaced fast booting patent could come into play as well. If Microsoft does indeed have designs on using a remote server to push OS code to systems at boot time (even if it’s cached locally for extended periods), that code would be a very clever place to embed activation-related programming. Even if a crack was discovered, it would be neatly undone during a subsequent start-up sequence — similar to the way Microsoft’s now-idle Windows Steady State could turn back the clock an entire Windows installation after rebooting.

A lot of talk about Microsoft needing to match Apple’s aggressively low OS upgrade pricing has been bandied about, and one way Microsoft could help keep sticker prices down is by delivering a bulletproof anti-piracy system. Keeping the ratio of paid Windows licenses versus pirated ones would allow Redmond to remove any price padding against counterfeits it builds in.
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Edited by Riou - 8/20/11 at 3:36am
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Sounds good to me!
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Keeping the ratio of paid Windows licenses versus pirated ones would allow Redmond to remove any price padding against counterfeits it builds in.


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Sounds pretty good, so long as I don't have to be connected the whole time I'm in Windows, and all my apps can be on my hard-drive, then I'm ok with this.
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Sweet, means we gotta find a different door to pick the lock for
 
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and what if you dont have internet? then what?
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And if you dont have internet?
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Ubisoft comes to mind.
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I foresee a lot of people just sticking with Windows 7 for a long time just like XP.
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So I need to have an internet connection every time I start windows? Well, now that sucks.

I have a laptop, and I use it when I am in my basement. I don't have a WIFI signal in the basement since it is underground, and there is no reason to stick a wifi router there. So now I need to pull an Ethernet cable all the way to my basemen if I want to turn on my laptop there? That is nothing but total hogwash.
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