I have original factory install Win 7. I disabled the update feature a while back. Today I got this incredibly dishonest message from Microsoft in the form of a bright Yellow Danger Triangle (like a hazard button on a car dashboard) Stating: “Optional Update Delivery is Not Working, YOU MAY BE THE VICTIM OF SOFTWARE COUNTERFEITING To use all Microsoft Windows (reg) such as updates from Windows Update; get the latest updates; and receive product support, your copy of Microsoft Windows (reg) must be validated as genuine.”
The consensus seems to be that you can turn off a lot of the phone home features in the OS but you can’t turn it all off and you can’t keep MS from turning them back on at will.
It seems MS would love to flat rate stream all content ad free from the cloud and become a universal Netflix but it’s got a content provider strike especially where new games are concerned. And yet streaming is the means of keeping the source code from being widely distributed and the one temporary means in the case of games for keeping the games from being (cracked if need be) and ripped to services like Popcorn time. Microsoft’s end run around these may be in its EULA clause. It says it will not look at its own stolen IP on your machine but just turn you over to the police. So if it sees an unregistered MS published game running through SAFE on your Win 10 machine through its key loggers it turns you in. And it tells content providers, publish under us allowing us to attach your IP and we will turn end users in.
There will public outrage over this but MS will come up with some jargon like: we’ve been giving you a choice to run your stuff from the cloud or locally for years. We’ve gone to a blended model for security and reliability reasons. This blended model is the model rejected by their customers for their Xbox One platform and rejected for the consolization of the PC with Win rt. They have made the heart of their OS DRM and the heart of their business model DRM. And they are very willing to lie about it in the blackest terms. We wouldn’t be the victim of software counterfeiting they would, despite what ever bs paid for law they might try to come up with.
I think Microsoft loses badly with this model one way or another, including fully cracked versions of their OS becoming much more widespread and through internal hacks likely the blinding of their DRM aparatus so they can’t tell what’s hacked and what’s not for court- this is a firm that has famously lost its source code before leading to Vista. And in the aftermath it will move to a pure cloud pixel streaming method (old Onlive remote desktop method) where the OS and the only thing on your machine is the microscopic self-contained streaming app which can run on bare metal.
Is SAFE defeated by running on WIN 10?
Any chance of the open source community doing a Win emulator with good performance or doing a reverse engineer from say the XP source to create an OS that is clearly not windows and doesn’t violate any of the patents but runs the software well kind of like MS had to do itself after XP or like AMD did with Intel?