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Vista betas will expire
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On 31 May 2007, all Customer Preview Program (CPP) pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire.  If you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1 or RC2), you will begin to receive warning notifications about the upcoming expiration on 18 May.  To avoid work disruption and loss of data, we strongly recommend that customers running any of these pre-release versions of Windows Vista migrate their PCs to the final version of Windows Vista prior to 31 May.
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Someone by the nickname of Dr. Chang has managed to permanently activate Windows without buying it! I'm not sure about this because I have not tried Windows Vista and the crack yet. However, Dr. Chang has included screenshots to proof that it's true that he managed to crack Windows Vista activation.
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Vista is a joke
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With two overlapping events, Microsoft admitted what we have been saying all along, Vista, aka Windows MeII, is a joke that no one wants. It did two unprecedented things this week that frankly stunned us.
Dell announced that it would be offering XP again on home PCs.


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AVG Firewall
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GRISOFT  Internet security announced an update to the AVG Internet Security solution enabling users to fully enjoy all the features and benefits of AVG protection for the Windows Vista environment. This update includes a completely redesigned AVG Firewall component, which is one of the first to take advantage of the entire network filtering benefits offered by Microsofts new Windows Filtering Platform (WFP).
AVG Internet Security 7.5 offers Vista users the most comprehensive protective tools to safeguard computers and sensitive data. The simple and unified user interface of AVG Internet Security combines antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam defences.

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VBootkit Bypasses Vista's Code Signing Mechanisms
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At the Black Hat Conference in Amsterdam, security experts from India demonstrated a special boot loader that gets around Vista's code signing mechanisms. Indian security experts Nitin and Vipin Kumar of NV labs have developed a program called the VBootkit that launches from a CD and boots Vista, making "on the fly" changes in memory and in files being read. In a demonstration, the "boot kit" managed to run with kernel privileges and issue system rights to a CMD shell when running on Vista RC2 (build 5744), even without a Microsoft signature.

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Experts say that the fundamental problem that this highlights is that every stage in Vista's booting process works on blind faith that everything prior to it ran cleanly. The boot kit is therefore able to copy itself into the memory image even before Vista has booted and capture interrupt 13, which operating systems use for read access to sectors of hard drives, among other things.

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WindowBlinds 5.5
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Stardock has released WindowBlinds 5.5
WindowBlinds is a program that enables users to customize the look and feel of the graphical user interface of Microsoft Windows.  By applying "skins", WindowBlinds can change title bars, borders, push buttons, scroll bars, the taskbar, the Start menu and virtually every element of the Windows environment.  Thousands of different skins exist and can be created using a free program called SkinStudio.

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RE: Longhorn
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New Windows Vista Wallpapers Released

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A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and made fully-operational.
Unlike cracks which have been floating around since Vista RTM was released in late November, this crack doesn’t simply get around product activation with beta activation files or timestop cracks - it actually makes use of the activation process. It seems that Microsoft has allowed large OEMs like ASUS to ship their products with a pre-installed version of Vista that doesn’t require product activation – apparently because end users would find it too inconvenient.

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Bypassing product activation
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Bypassing the product activation requirement of Microsoft Windows Vista x86.
Microsoft allows large hardware manufacturers (e.g. ASUS, HP, Dell) to ship their products
containing a Windows Vista installation that does NOT require any kind of product activation as
this might be considered an unnecessary inconvenience for the end-user.
Instead these so-called 'Royalty OEMs' are granted the right to embed certain license information
into their hardware products, which can be validated by Windows Vista to make obtaining further
activation information (online or by phone) obsolete.
This mechanism is commonly referred to as 'SLP 2.0' ('system-locked pre-installation 2.0') and
consists of the following three key elements:

1. The OEM's hardware-embedded BIOS ACPI_SLIC information signed by Microsoft.

2. A certificate issued by Microsoft that corresponds to the specific ACPI_SLIC information.
The certificate is an XML file found on the OEM's installation/recovery media,
usually called something like 'oemname.xrm-ms'.

3. A special type of product key that corresponds to the installed edition of Windows Vista.
This key can usually be obtained from some installation script found on the OEM's
installation/recovery media or directly from a pre-installed OEM system.
If all three elements match Windows Vista's licensing mechanism considers the given
installation a valid system-locked pre-activated copy (that does not require any
additional product activation procedures).
So the basic concept of the tool at hand is to present any given BIOS ACPI_SLIC information to Windows
Vista's licensing mechanism by means of a device driver.
In combination with a matching product key and OEM certificate this allows for rendering any system
practically indistinguishable from a legit pre-activated system shipped by the respective OEM.

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Bypass Vista Activation
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Bypass Vista Activation with Paradox OEM BIOS Emulation Toolkit v1.0
OEM BIOS Emulation Toolkit for Windows Vista is a crack tool that enable user to bypass or crack 32-bit Windows Vista (x86) product activation requirement, by emulating hardware-embedded BIOS ACPI_SLIC license information of so called “Royalty OEMs” (e.g. ASUS, HP, Dell) which allowed to ship computer products with Windows Vista installation that does not require any kind of product activation as this might be seen an unnecessary inconvenience for the end-user. With the emulated BIOS with correct Windows Marker, obtaining further activation information online or by phone is obsolete and no longer needed. Best of all, no flashing of mod BIOS needs to be done.

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Vista trap
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Microsoft promises to wow people who are upgrading from Windows XP to its new operating system, but with the joys of Windows Vista comes plenty of pain.

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