Updating pirated vista
Update Microsoft has now sent a statement to Polygon that says even if pirates do update their old non-licensed version of Windows to Windows 10, they will still be using an un-licensed software product.
Here's Microsoft's new statement: "We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible.
There is no need to try to using System Restore to go back to previous state of Windows Vista before this update is installed, because once KB 929391 validation update is installed, it’s sort of permanent.
Unless you have a ghost image of Vista before the update is been installed, and can use the image to recover back to original system state.
If you’re using pirated Windows Vista that has been hacked or cracked or bypassed activation, this update will detect that the Vista is not genuine, and de-activate or un-activate any ‘activation’ been done.
You will get a warning message of “Windows Validation: Your copy of windows is not valid, Windows vista will be running in limited mode with less features.” The Windows Vista will also lose some nice features with Windows Aero disabled, so do the Aero theme, and the user is required to activate the Windows Vista again within 30 days grace period (some users reported they only have 3 days!
This time I decided to drop by and actually try some of tools and utilities to see if I could become a pirate, too. In this post, I'll share my experiences, including close encounters with some very nasty malware and some analysis on how the latest showdown between Microsoft and the pirates is likely to play out.
You won't find names or direct links here—although these guys seem like genuine enthusiasts, I have no intention of giving them any free publicity.
It also points to this link for further information.
The plan is to "re-engage" with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration.
By giving away Windows 10 for free, at least for the first year, Microsoft is deviating from its regular sales model for the first time.
Of the first 10 hits, six were inactive or had been taken down.
After downloading files from the remaining four sites, I submitted them to Virustotal.com, where three of the four samples came back positive for nasty, difficult-to-remove Windows 7 rootkits.