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Old 10-12-01, 09:13 AM
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WindowsXP activation has been cracked!

Darn, a few less BILLION for Bill! I feel sorry for him!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/20433.html
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Poor Bill
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that article is three months old. msft has had plenty of time to fix the holes in their activation software. no doubt, however, it will be just a matter of time before it is cracked once again.
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No kidding -- how did you find that article, and what made you post it here 3 months later!?!
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"WPA as shipped in RC1 is full of gaping holes"

I'm stunned, since when does microsoft ship a less than perfect product?



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I remember hearing about this - I doubt they will fix it. It's the sort of thing that's difficult enough that only hardware tweakers will use this method and these are the people who would be pissed about XP being such a pain for hardware upgraders and wouldn't buy it otherwise. Perhaps they did it on purpose. hmm? In any case - astalavista will have the answer soon enough.
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Originally posted by Trigger
In any case - astalavista will have the answer soon enough.
Exactly. Until XP SP2 or so, I'm happy with Win2k.
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Originally posted by AndyCapps


Exactly. Until XP SP2 or so, I'm happy with Win2k.
I'm still running 95 on some boxes They work fine as they are and "upgrading" has always been a hassle. If it ain't broke don't fix it
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Originally posted by AndyCapps


Exactly. Until XP SP2 or so, I'm happy with Win2k.
Actually - I've been hearing so many good things about xp that I'm thinking about getting XP pro in my next machine. Rock stable and can play games I haven't been hearing too much anymore about it being like putting big brother in your PC.
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I run XP, and its incredible. I wouldn't trade it.

Secondly ---- this article is 3 damn months old!!! Since XP is relatively new, I'd bet MS has done some work on it since then.
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There is no need to bother with a crack with the XP Pro corp edition. For microsoft, sadly, that edition was in the hands of the warez groups less than a week after it was release to manufacturing.

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Originally posted by Trigger
Rock stable and can play games
Sounds like 2K to me. There isn't a compelling reason for me to upgrade to XP right now.
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I wonder if a year from now, we will have XP: Second edition.

I too am considering upgrading to XP. I have been using windows 98:SE and have been happy with it.

I tried Windows ME and didn't like that at all.

I did not consider win 2000 because I have games and such that I like to play and win 2000 doesn't handle them.

If win xp has the stability of nt and the ease of use of windows 9x, I may get it.

Just too bad that to buy a full release(I will never do the upgrade path) it costs a damn fortune.
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Umm, what's wrong with the upgrade versions? You can still do a clean install with them.

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Originally posted by Vryce
Just too bad that to buy a full release(I will never do the upgrade path) it costs a damn fortune.
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Originally posted by Dave99
Umm, what's wrong with the upgrade versions? You can still do a clean install with them.

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How can you do a clean install with an upgrade version? The upgrade needs a previous operating system involved.

When I install windows, I format the drive so its empty. Throw in the boot floppy and cd and let it install.

I tried that with an upgrade version of windows, and it said I didn't have a previously installed version of windoes and exited the install program.
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Originally posted by Vryce
I tried that with an upgrade version of windows, and it said I didn't have a previously installed version of windoes and exited the install program.
All of the Windows upgrades I've done have just asked for the previous OS's CD. Pop it in, it takes a look, and back to installing you go.
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Originally posted by Goblincat


All of the Windows upgrades I've done have just asked for the previous OS's CD. Pop it in, it takes a look, and back to installing you go.
Hmm.. I might have to try that... When I did try the upgrade, I didn't have a previous os cd. my first computer didn't come with a windows cd, just a stupid "recovery cd" I wanted to go from windows 95 to 98.

Now that I have a full version of win 98:se.. I could go the upgrade cd route and save some money.
Thanks for the tip you two.
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that's why I have win98se
I got it oem for like $80
could have installed monopoly edition
or 2000 from friends but don't want the hassles

Originally posted by nemein


I'm still running 95 on some boxes They work fine as they are and "upgrading" has always been a hassle. If it ain't broke don't fix it
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I hate the naming schemes. I mean Windows 3.0 and 3.1 are pretty easy to understand. Then they went with the 'year' naming, Windows 95, 98, 2000, etc, which was OK. Now they've switched to this XP nomenclature. What do you name the successor to XP? XP 2, Windows XP 2002 Home Edition. It's mind-boggling.
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XP...Experience the Big Brother that is Bill Gates and Microsoft...why can't we just go back to DOS?

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