Windows Vista Requires Purchasing…Not Pirating

November 12, 2006

Windows Vista LogoI am no saint. As many of the online community have done, I have used software of various types that have been cracked or less than legal, and I have downloaded music. Just about a year ago, I stopped doing anything remotely illegal online with new regard for the law. I am an advocate of fair use, which means if I buy music on my desktop’s iTunes, I want to be able to use that music on every music player I own, forever.  I am extremely vocal about DRM forcing us into a “one use per download” methodology.

Windows Vista like Windows XP, ME, 98 and even 95 will have a product key that you have to use to install the OS. The difference between the product key in Vista and the one in earlier OS’s like Windows 98 is Vista’s will actually do more than allow you to install the OS. Vista’s product key will regulate the amount that you are able to use the operating system, decide whether or not you are eligible for updates and will help Windows Genuine Advantage decide where it is going to stop you from using your computer sometime two months down the road.

As I have been advocating fair use I can not very well turn around and recommend that you pirate an OS, especially one that is not even public yet. Someone has come up with a registry hack that will allow you to do just that. This new hack will allow you to hack into Vista and use the product key you got with your Beta version of Vista and apply it to the RTM version.

My first reaction to this is. Why?  Why should any of these software companies listen to us when we ask for looser restraints on music and software so that we are able to use it for our own purposes more easily? How can we expect them to be compliant when we are talking about cracking the OS that they have been taking so much time to release?  I am not a Microsoft apologist, I am not apologizing that they have been wasting our time for months while they “work further” on Vista but I can say that Microsoft are people and they will respond as people.

At this juncture you might be wondering how I think Microsoft might “take this out on us” and I would point you to the upcoming Zune. Zune has reduced functionality, it won’t be able to play music that you have bought on the iTunes music store, if you share music you can only keep it for three days, there are countless reasons Zune is counter play to fair use advocates. Microsoft might very well decide that

“If they are going to screw with the OS…we’re going to tighten the DRM on Zune to prevent anyone from using anything but Microsoft licensed music….”

Don’t get the wrong idea, this is speculation of Microsoft’s “feelings” if Vista is pummeled by the same hackers who go after everything else they should be paying for.

If you want to use Vista, you should buy it, legitimately.


4 Responses to “Windows Vista Requires Purchasing…Not Pirating”

  1. Knightwise Says:

    I disagree wholehartedly. We are the consumers, the customers and should not be ‘punished’ whatsoever. Windows has heavily counted, no, RELIED on piracy to make windows the dominent operating system on the market. If it would not have been so easy to copy windows 95 /98 and even windows 2000, the windows operating system would not be found in every home today. If not for the fact that Microsoft forced legislation to INSIST that computers HAD to be sold with an pre-installed os ( a Microsoft OS ) people would have thought twice before BUYING a version of windows along with their computers.

    But now we have slipped into the dangerous situation where everybody is USED to windows. With XP the number of ‘purchases’ of the OS went up due to the whole activation sceme, but even those users are getting nailed in the butt with all the false positives caused by the windows genuine advantage program.

    so please, don’t tell me its cause of the hackers that microsoft tightens down their DRM and OS rules. Its purely out of GREED. Somehow consumers get less and less rights for the content they pay for. This is not an economic move. In an open market you have to be BETTER then your competition , so MS should offer people a BETTER alternative then piracy, not clamp down on their own consumers.

    Far from it that I promote piracy , but with Bill Gates and the MS company being among the richest in on the planet, i see no reason for them to cry wolf cause of some pirated copies, I’m telling you : they count on it.

  2. Michael Says:

    I’m just like the rest, I would not like my rights to be taken away eather… If I bought softWare that I think that SoftWare in mine to do with what I so plz with it… but NO NO!~ DRM comes right in your house and saids” Stop it!; Stop sending others what you have boughtand things…” Well there it gose again… It’s like that Microsoft is not realy desireing to let go of their SoftWare in the firest dag gum place.. seeing that they are trying to control you after you bought the SoftWare..

    unknown geek

  3. windows vista activation hack

    yes indeed…

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