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News One in five Windows installs not genuine

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 24 Jan 2007.

  1. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    Given what they make in margins, I can't say I feel bat at all about them being massively pirated. Despite having switched to Linux, I am sorely tempted to get a pirate copy of Vista just to feel like I'm shafting MS. :thumb:
     
  2. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    I run a legit copy, got it for $63 so it wasn't so bad a price... still not something I'd to pay

    Linux comes in handy in that aspect, it just really needs to become more supported
     
  3. ChromeX

    ChromeX New Member

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    Absolutely, I cant remember the last person who i know that bought a computer.
    But I bet there'll come a time when the average bloke who buys his computer gets a virus and a format is needed.

    Since a lot of these companies install the os for you but don't actually give you a hard copy they're screwed. And then its a case of installing a cracked copy that your techie-mate has. Now I know that most purchases probably say your entitled to a copy (in the small print somewhere) to be done by an engineer or some-such but who actually bothers going through all that hassle?

    Yeah it does its a shame in a way, people wont use it without support (at least the support windows has) but developers dont usually bother because people dont use it.
     
  4. David_Fitzy

    David_Fitzy I modded a keyboard once....

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    So enthusiasts are screwed?

    I'm frequently formatting and reinstalling windows, either for a HDD upgrade or a general clean out and the want of that new OS smell. Tuff @#$% if you run a power rig and at least twice yearly upgrade your mobo/CPU.

    Unless ultimate comes with unlimited re-validations (as enthusiasts would need) then M$ are really living up to the $ part of their name. Single copy for say 2-3 computers would be nice too (WHOO WHOO next stop fairyland :worried: :eyebrow: )

    I have a legit copy of xp home (came with my laptop) I run xp pro (which I will probably buy now that vista will start knocking prices down) (because I use a network where i don't want my shared folders accessable to anybody)
     
  5. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Most people I know went legit when they went to uni because they didn't have to pay for it. Mainly due to our ages and jobs we couldn't afford £150 on an OS.
     
  6. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    That argument always falls flat when you find the pirate gets all his software for free, with the possible exception of a game or two.

    I bet the figure for Photoshop is 99 illegal in 100. :eyebrow: And Dreamweaver.
     
  7. DivineSin

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    Wouldnt doubt it, those programs prices are outrageous.
     
  8. GiGo

    GiGo was once a nerd.....

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    Um.. Legit, think so, well maybe not, manily becasue I hate a validation process to any software. If they didnt have validation I would buy a copy for £50 purhaps.

    Example:
    Co-Pilot; I got this with a GPS unit I had a while ago, comes on a 1gb CD card. I recently got a new phone and it is a GPS unit aswell, so I had to re-install the program. Come to activate the software, it tells me that it's already activated, please de-activate the other version first. So, an email and 2 days later they let me activate it! After I explain that my old GPS unit went funny, and that my last desktop installed I re-formatted.

    I got the job done but its hassle. I normally re-install windows twice a year, why have to ring up M$?????

    Talking about update processes, Autopatcher does they job for me, just cant use Windows Media Player 10, oh boo-hoo, no bother there!

    Regards
    GiGo
     
  9. ikra

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    my laptop blew up.. used the os key for my new desktop instead... is that legal?
     
  10. XuhQshinR

    XuhQshinR New Member

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    Absolutely Not.... Blowing Up Laptops are strictly forbidden Therefore Illegal! :nono:
     
  11. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    ikra: That is not a legal transfer of the license. If the laptop is in warranty then you would get a new key, if not then you have to purchase a new unit.

    Unless your license is a retail one, extremely unlikely.
     
  12. kergareth

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    I don't know... The amount of corporate bulk license isn't that insignificant. 20:1 perhaps
     
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