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Bootleggers, beware.

Judging by my inbox, lots of you downloaded a bootleg copy of Windows 7 build 6956 from BitTorrent, and now you have it running. But no matter how hard you try, you can’t update its built-in copy of Internet Explorer 8 with this week’s extremely critical out-of-band security update, which Microsoft turned around in record time.

That’s the downside of running software from unauthorized channels. You see, the build zipping around the BitTorrent tubes right now is a random “daily build,” one of many that was produced during the run-up to the upcoming beta release of Windows 7. Anyone who would have had authorized access to that build (Microsoft employees, OEM partners, a tiny corps of trusted beta testers) already has authorized access to more recent builds (including, rumors say, the final beta release itself) that can be updated with a supported version of this crucial IE8 patch. So, logically enough, Microsoft’s security team doesn’t release an update for that leaked version, just as it didn’t release an update for build 6952 or build 6961. As a result, you’re vulnerable if you visit a compromised website using the unpatched version of IE8.

Do you feel lucky? Maybe you might want to use a different browser (or even a different operating system) for the next few weeks…
http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=368838
Edited by wolf_08 - 12/19/08 at 11:40pm
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Or just use your old Vista beta keys, if you ever got one. That how I activated my 6801 copy.
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Or just use your old Vista beta keys, if you ever got one. That how I activated my 6801 copy.
Did you even read the thread?

Anyway; just use FireFox, seriously -no need for IE8.
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Did you even read the thread?

Anyway; just use FireFox, seriously -no need for IE8.
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Did you even read the thread?

Anyway; just use FireFox, seriously -no need for IE8.
Yes, I did. But now I realize that the reason people aren't able to update IE8 is because there was no patch released for that build. I was thinking that people were unable to download the update because they were using a non-activated copy, since I'm sure my 6801 build got the update, I don't see why the newer leaked builds wouldn't have.
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Is that the same threat that puts you at risk whether you actually run IE8 or not? Or was that for IE7?
    
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