The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

It's official: Pirates crack Vista at last

Posted by Xavier Ashe on March 3, 2008

A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate
group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of
Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and
made fully-operational.

Unlike cracks which have been floating around since Vista RTM was
released in late November, this crack doesn’t simply get around product
activation with beta activation files or timestop cracks – it actually
makes use of the activation process. It seems that Microsoft has
allowed large OEMs like ASUS to ship their products with a
pre-installed version of Vista that doesn’t require product activation
– apparently because end users would find it too inconvenient.

Read More on APC.

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