Windows Store crack turns trial apps into full versions

By on November 27, 2012, 12:02 PM

A tool of questionable ethical value has surfaced, allowing Windows 8 users to transform trial apps into their full-fledged, paid-for counterparts. Wsservice_crk has actually been available for at least a month -- most notably at the MyDigitalLife forums -- but only recently has the cracking tool garnered much attention from online news outlets.

Although developers aren't required to offer trial versions of their apps, Microsoft certainly encourages it and indeed, many developers do. Incidentally, the app cracker not only "upgrades" trial apps to their full glory, but allows users to sideload unsigned (i.e. unofficial) apps. This feature is likely to be useful for distributing homebrew apps, especially ones that would be turned away from the Windows Store due to Microsoft's developer guidelines. Like Apple, there are certain restrictions placed on what Windows apps are allowed to do and the content they contain.

Although wsservice_crk seems to have a number of satisfied customers,  the app does not come without risk. First, there's the obvious issue of having to access the Windows Store -- if you're going to download a trial app yourself, you need a Microsoft or store account. For many users, this opens up the possibility of being personally identified be it through means of email address, IP address or even billing information. 

Additionally, for the crack to work, several Windows system files need to be modified. Of course, this presents its own risks: third-party modified system files pose questions of trust, security and system stability. 

Like Windows Store, Apple's own Mac App Store suffered a similar fate shortly after its debut. The hack only worked on apps which did not implement Apple's recommended security features though -- perhaps the same is true for Windows 8 developers? A Microsoft spokesman told Beta News that the software maker is looking into the matter. 




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Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I hate that this requirement for having to implement potentially nefarious tactics, just to be able to load whatever I want (versus whatever apps have been deemed "worthy" by the relevant app gods) onto the hardware I've paid for, is spreading throughout the industry. I'm getting tired of having to scale the walls to get out of these gardens...

Lionvibez said:

Lol I wouldn't be surprised if Ms left this loop hole open just like the media center one to ummm.... increase usage of windows 8 since it blows goats!

1 person liked this | treeski treeski said:

I hate that this requirement for having to implement potentially nefarious tactics, just to be able to load whatever I want (versus whatever apps have been deemed "worthy" by the relevant app gods) onto the hardware I've paid for, is spreading throughout the industry. I'm getting tired of having to scale the walls to get out of these gardens...

Yeah, I agree. The walled garden has its advantages for your average user (it IS more secure and it's easier to find the apps you want), but it shouldn't be so difficult to circumvent it for everyone else.

avoidz avoidz said:

Sounds like a lot of work for very little reward.

Guest said:

Seems like a lot of effort to create the walled-garden on MS's part to be cracked within the 1st month

Guest said:

Dude please send me the steps of installation of this crack after doing the steps mentioned in the txt when I click crack it , it says u "did install wssservice_crk ? " pls help

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