Windows Activation Attacked Again

Amazingly, pirates have once again claimed victory over Windows Vista’s activation requirements. The hack centers around SLP (System Locked Preinstallation) or OEM copies. Basically, if you have the “Dell edition” of Vista it will not require activation on Dell hardware. Well, some crafty people have figured out that by editing BIOS strings you can make one system look like a Dell or a HP. In yet another method, someone wrote a driver to emulate various BIOS setups. There is something called a SLIC table in the APCI standard for BIOS setups that tell programs what hardware they are running on.

Appears from the comments I read that it works…that is until Microsoft releases a “security update”!

It appears that Vista’s anti-piracy measures only lasted a month before being defeated. I have to say I am amazed at the speed and diligence of the pirates!

– Soli Deo Gloria

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