Vista upgrade workaround to remain unpatched

By Justin Mann on February 6, 2007, 10:55 AM
The “loophole” discovered in the upgrade process for Vista appears that it will go unpatched in future releases of the OS, according to Microsoft. The loophole allows someone to install straight from an upgrade disc of Vista, even without a valid copy of Windows XP. Though Microsoft states that doing such violates the terms of the license, the “small percentage” of people that will use such a workaround isn't enough for them to really bother. Then again, they might be able to release a silent software patch in the future that disables said installs, though that is unlikely.

Microsoft is probably correct. Microsoft is probably more worried about rampant piraters of Office 2007 and Vista than they are about someone getting a small discount on the price of a single license.

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nathanskywalker said:
Microsoft will still make bank on Vista. Most corporations will probably not be using the "loophole" ;), and most likely very few (excluding us nerds) will even know this loophole exists. Of course, they may lose on the people like me who decided to switch to linux ;), as if I have money to buy Vista anyways.
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