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December 26, 2006

New Vista hack bypasses activation

Posted by David Hunter at 11:22 AM ET.

Microsoft seems to have found some unwanted gifts under the tree this Christmas. Along with the reports of security flaws, Darren Murph at Engadget is reporting a Vista activation hack that leaves Vista permanently in the fully functional part of the 30 day activation grace period:

With the help of a few background apps, a little registry tweakin’, and whole lot of deviousness, you can reportedly freeze the 30-day countdown timer within the operating system in order to prevent it from ever leaving the fully functional evaluation mode. Purportedly, the TimerStop Vista crack works “on all 32-bit x86 editions” including Ultimate and Premium, but the success rate in 64-bit (x64) environments is “likely to be low.” Notable, the folks behind the crack suggest that Windows Updates will still be accessible, as will Microsoft’s “value-added software downloads” typically only available to those who pass the WVGA validation process.

More details at KezNews and MyDigitalLife, but this one should get swatted promptly.

Filed under General Business, Licensing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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