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+ RTM stands for release to manafacture (which means you can not download it)
dont see the point in getting a cracked version, you'll just get spammy messages from microsoft when you try and update it.
but what if it needs updating
I posted a thing from microsoft.com saying how it had been cracked and details of the crack... but it got deleted .
To be honest you're probably better not worrying about it now, play about with it in a shop next year to see if you like it. If you do, buy it retail then - even when it is cracked they've got different versions now, and you'll find it hard or impossible to get the kind of functionality you want at home (media centre etc.) in a cracked version.
Also, they'll need to 'phone home' periodically, and if your credentials don't check out then you get knocked down to ultra limited functionality. So that CD key you got today that works in 2 months when they recheck it could be blacklisted. Just look at windows XP, when it was first cracked any cd key would do just about, now you need an actual key otherwise it breaks.
There are always ways round it, but with Microsoft investing heavily in anti piracy measures (they identified cutting piracy as one of the key ways to increase profits - and their targets are to increase exponentially, AFAIK they set profit targets of 125% of last year!) so you can bet that since they got pwned just a bit by pirates last time they're not going to do it again.
Also please take note they are more security concious on their hotmail service and xbox 360. They're logging everything you do :-).
Hopefully I'll be working for them in 5 years time. Doubt it though why would they need a clumsy mathemetician (btw, serious answers to that would be great )
Bastards! Why would they log 360 activity though? That makes no sense... its only a fecking console! Waste of dosh there.
Windows never "needs" updating.
Infact installing Service Pack 2 did more harm than good. As in, extrme data loss.
You've got linux for free if you want it!
Some of us can't summon large amounts of cash out our arses for Ultimate, and I don't see why I should buy a more limted version instead if I can't afford it - its all the same thing. They are just punishing me for not being rich.:
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Can't afford it, or won't pay for it - don't use it. Simple as. It isn't that hard to find the cash to buy OEM versions.
Bullshit, reinstalled a pc yesterday using an xp sp1 disc, within minutes of being online AVG was reporting trojans and viruses.
CTSM can you verify the link I put will legitimately let me upgrade to Vista?
FFS, firefox eating 50% of CPU resources (in a dual core system) and using 120mb RAM. Time for a new browser I think.
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Aye, should do. Am guessing you'll have to send off for the voucher though - for it to be valid, I'm guessing you'll have to purchase hardware at the same time. Look for a cheap mouse or heatsink .
For what it's worth, I'd stick with XP until at least 6 months after Vista release. Let things settle down - supply will open up and prices will drop. Plus you'll lose a lot of the problems initially encountered .
It's superb. My browser of choice, these days .
As for Vista being cheap - I bet that isn't ultimate edition though. I don't see why I should get a lesser product because I am not well off enoguh for it. Talk about discrimination - they should offer all at the same price. If you don't need or ain't gonn use all the features, buy a versino without it. Or offer versions fine-tuned for certain applications - server edition for example, business, and "home" should just be ultimate with everything.
I think the most exciting thing about ultimate over home premium was the fact it defrags on the fly. The rest is basically remote administration and server tools.
Also, if you really need vista ultimate, when you have home premium you can go on Microsoft's website and do a 'live update' - since all install CDs contain all the content you only need to change your CD key on their server end so it's registered as 'ultimate'. The price of this is probably less than doing it from the start.
I don't see why I should get a lesser product because I am not well off enoguh for it. Talk about discrimination - they should offer all at the same price. If you don't need or ain't gonn use all the features, buy a versino without it. Or offer versions fine-tuned for certain applications - server edition for example, business, and "home" should just be ultimate with everything.
But that's life, innit?
If I can't afford to buy Asda Extra Special beans then I will buy the standard. If I can't afford to buy standard Asda beans, I shall buy Asda Value beans. Should I go up to customer services and complain because I am getting a lesser product because I can't afford Extra Special? I think I should go and throw my toys out of my pram, shout discrimination and steal the extra special beans because it simply isn't fair.
Sorry but the upgrade to Vista would only be available if the software was purchased with a fully built system, and the licence pre-installed onto the purchased system.
The upgrade would be invalid if the licence was purchased with separate parts.
But am I the only one who is super excited about defragging on the fly? The performance boost this offers makes me super-happy. No more wasting time defragging!
at the end of the day Vista belongs to Microsoft and they have the right to sell it at any price they want to,
again no one will force you to upgrade, its your choice
You think that? So say, farmers could all agree to sell thier meat at £1,000,000 pound a cut and force anyone who can't afford it starve to death? It is thier right after all, they raise the cattle.
Wow. I don't want to live in your extreme capitalist world.
But if I don't upgrade, I can't run any new programs or games after they stop supporting XP.
It isn't force in the true sense of hte world - like the above example - I could raid peopels bins for scraps of food. But it still isn't acceptable IMHO.