Featured Articles

Broadwell to be faster than Skylake-S in desktop

Broadwell to be faster than Skylake-S in desktop

Intel will do something that it never did before. It will release two processor generations at once in the desktop space.…

More...
ARM’s signs off on 64 bit ARMv8-A

ARM’s signs off on 64 bit ARMv8-A

British chip designer ARM has just signed off its 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit…

More...
Intel Business vPro market divided into 7 categories

Intel Business vPro market divided into 7 categories

Just a few years ago we had two market segments for business users. We had desktops and notebooks and now Intel…

More...
GTA 5 will make November release

GTA 5 will make November release

While we have continued to hear that Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will not…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:36

Microsoft sticks nag on Windows Phone 7

Written by Nick Farell



Some outfits never learn

Despite the fact that its nagware versions of Windows cost Microsoft more customers than it saved cash, Redmond is bringing in similar software on its Windows Phone 7 OS.

Apparently Microsoft has implemented a Genuine Software checker into Windows Phone 7. It uses PVK, defined as private keys that connect the OS to the device hardware. The keys sit on the device motherboard, and are accessed and verified by Windows Phone 7. If the keys cannot be found, then the OS concludes that the motherboard needs to be replaced and shuts down key cloud-based elements like Xbox Live, Marketplace and Zune.

The feature has been verified by HTC so it is official. The question is why Microsoft bothered risking the bad publicity. As with Windows Genuine Advantage, it's only a matter of time before someone finds a way around it. It will only stop a small number of people who want customised Windows Phone 7 ROMs.

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:49
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments