A widely available release, located at the usual pirate havens, from a
scene group entitled 'NoPE' (which doesn't appear to have released much
else) has quickly become the most highly sought-after asset of
eye-patched, peg-legged, shoulder-mounted-parrot pirate types.
Vista has been leaked in every conceivable form and in all its various
releases and flavours, but has still remained difficult to crack for
the average swashbuckling black-beard.
Various timer programs forcing the activation to hold off indefinitely
and other cracks haven't come close to the efficiency of the recent OEM
BIOS emulation tool-kit that has floated about – but which is
significantly more difficult to use that a 'normal' crack or serial.
The NoPE release has a major key difference to other previous pirated
copies of Vista – it is completely cracked, the product appears
activated, updates work, and no key needs to be entered, straight from
the installation media without any effort on the part of the pirate.
We presume that the hackers have managed to replace the Vista image on
the DVD, with the pre-cracked version. Microsoft moved to an
image-based install with Microsoft Vista, as opposed to the usual
convoluted set up process.