I'm Pirating the Next Version of Windows 124

Posted by jcnnghm Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:12:00 GMT

Dear Microsoft,

I have purchased every consumer version of Windows, except Windows Me, since Windows 3.1.  I have also purchased dozens of Office licenses, Server licenses and CALs.  I will not buy another copy of Windows until the activation system is removed.  Not another moment of my time will be wasted entering excessively long 100-digit activation keys into my telephone, only to have the key automatically rejected, then manually accepted after a few more minutes of inconvenience by someone on the phone.  I have had enough.

I know how to pirate Windows.  It is easy to find, and easy to do.  A simple search on The Pirate Bay yields a torrent with 1,265 seeders for an activated Windows 7 Ultimate iso.  It takes less time than to buy it, I don't have to deal with the broken Live login system, and the BitTorrent downloads are faster.  I only know this because I had to download an ISO after one of my discs became unreadable, and Microsoft refused to replace it.  Why can't I just enter my product key and download an updated ISO with slipstreamed service packs?  Why do pirates have a better experience than customers?  If I want to reinstall my system, or upgrade my hardware, or switch between bootcamp and virtual machines, I will.  I am not calling to beg for permission any longer.

I put up with this broken activation system on Windows XP, where it was virtually impossible to not be forced to reinstall every couple of years, at the minimum.  I've had to deal with this broken system too many times, and I will not any more.  I will pirate the next version of Windows, and if I have to go through the hassle of pirating it to get a working copy, I will not be paying for it.

Why does Microsoft insist on making it harder for paying customers to use the product, than for pirates?  Why alienate the people that actually pay for the software?  Until this consumer hostile tomfoolery comes to an end, I am pirating Windows.  Take the advice of Gabe Newell, and address the service problem that is causing piracy.  Until that is done, I am not buying any more software.

Please do everyone a favor, and stop this.  Piracy is not being prevented.  No amount of legislation will remove piracy from the internet.  Even if The Pirate Bay is shut down, there will be other ways.  Pirates will just borrow the corporate edition from work, or download at link speed from Usenet.  The only thing these activation schemes are doing, is inconveniencing those of us that pay for the product.

Sincerely,

 

Justin Cunningham

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  1. Well said Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:51:17 GMT

    I feel your frustration.

  2. just Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:13:56 GMT

    activate using the internet silly

  3. ferd Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:33:59 GMT

    i “pirate” even versions of windows that I was forced to buy legally (bundled), because I don’t bother writing down serials. They are inconvenient. Further more I hate the activation. Whenever you legally move your machine to a VM, you gotta activate it again. After 3x you have to call support which will ask you dumb questions.

    Another nuisance is that OEM PCs don’t come with recovery disks but partitions! What a waste of disk space. The first thing to do is delete those partitions obviously. Do I want to spend over one hour burning recovery media? Certainly not.

  4. sukkerfri Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:35:53 GMT

    Right on!

  5. Marc Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:44:30 GMT

    Mac OS X has no “activation” or serial numbers. Why not reward Apple with your business instead of issuing threats against Microsoft?

  6. Shwaiil Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:48:36 GMT

    Yeh! Same here! I had a legal version, the code was in the computer bottom but some digits were not visible any longer. I had to download a pirated version, even though I had the key! I’ve now switched to Ubuntu (for a year now) and everything is running fine :)

  7. Jeremy Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:52:09 GMT

    Marc,

    Wrong answer. Apple’s system is far worse than Microsoft, in that they simply won’t allow you to install the software if you didn’t buy the hardware from them. And guess what? OEM versions of Windows work exactly the same way. No serial numbers, no activation, but it only works on one brand of PC.

  8. Harry Pachty Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:52:16 GMT

    I foresee a future when they sell USB Sticks with authentication when connecting and installing prerequisites.

    Blizzard has the best solution.

  9. Hej Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:53:29 GMT

    Bs fanboi comment by marc above, lion requires activation when reinstalling over the net

  10. Sindre Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:54:43 GMT

    What @Marc said ;)

  11. jacketas Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:03:45 GMT

    it’s clear that you’ve never actually tried pirating windows. the experience is far worse than actually paying for. sure, you have to spend a whole minute or two typing out a serial number (boohoo) but at least you get peace of mind that you will always get all the updates, have your crack detected, run afoul of the soon-to-be-introduced sopa/pipa crap, download a malware infected copy of windows/crack, etc. Not to mention the fact that paying for software is how software developers make a living. Sure, you and all your far eastern pirating counterparts can’t hurt microsoft but i sure hope you dont hurt the smaller software developers by pirating their $5 apps because you’re so much better than typing in a serial number.

    As for the mac fanboys, hey, have you guys played any good games lately? didnt think so.

    bye.

    ps: about {{count}} hours later is broken.

  12. Jon Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:05:19 GMT

    @Marco - I for one wouldn’t reward Apple because I don’t want to have to buy a whole new computer to use their OS. I would just switch to a distro of linux since it is free and runs on the hardware I would already have.

  13. Jaffer Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:06:50 GMT

    I’ve got a better suggestion instead of your pseudo-intellectual circle jerk of an idea. How about you refrain from using their product altogether and use linux.

    Truth of the matter is you are not helping the movement.

  14. Patrick Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:07:59 GMT

    You could of course use linux like I do… No activation, no Apple hardware tax. Its not like M$ can do anything about that. Oh wait… http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/248342/windows8securebootthecontroversycontinues.html

  15. Marc Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:09:23 GMT

    @Jeremy (and everyone else). Yes, that answer was glib. So let me give a more thoughtful one. Saying that you are protesting Microsoft’s bad service practices by pirating their OS is like saying that you are not going to contribute money to a candidate you disagree with, but you’re still going to give him/her your vote. By pirating it and continuing to use it, you are rewarding Microsoft by keeping their installed user base large. Presumably you will still buy independently-produced software that runs on Windows, thus reinforcing their entrenched position.

    I personally prefer OS X, but if you object to being forced to buying Apple hardware (or mucking about with Hackintoshes), then try Linux or BSD. Increase the user base of a different platform; give developers a reason to develop for those platforms; support an ecosystem other than Windows. THAT is how you protest Microsoft’s abuse of its customers.

  16. err Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:11:24 GMT

    This is a developer blog… I didn’t know developers still used Windows! Haha! I find this concept quite amusing.

  17. srsly? plz Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:12:42 GMT

    Hej, I believe you mean “authentication” when reinstalling over the net. Ive installed the single purchased copy of Lion from the app store on 3 macs. Each time I have to authenticate with the app store. I’ve not had any required activation as you claim.

    Also, this entire post is flamebait and the stupidest kind of flamebait there is. You’re standing on your soapbox yelling at microsoft about how you’re going to steal their next product rather than just moving to an operating system that has none of these things (osx and linux are obvious choices here). What are you doing to prevent microsoft from making these decisions, if anything you’re becoming yet another reason for them to implement these kinds of “security” features.

    The only thing of note in your entire rant was the following question:

    “Why do pirates have a better experience than customers?”

    This is exactly why piracy is so successful.

  18. lol Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:13:46 GMT

    @jacketas: As a smaller software developer myself, I would never put some kind of serial number anti-piracy crap on my products. They only hurt the real customers!

    Also, I have played a few good games recently, comfy on my couch with my console… but on my mac? Not really. I hear most big name games are available, but I wouldn’t know since I’m so busy getting work done.

  19. Jim B Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:16:48 GMT

    “and if I have to go through the hassle of pirating it to get a working copy, I will not be paying for it.”

    Wait; I thought you just touted how easy the pirating process was. Apparently you think it is costing you $100 (or whatever) of time and that justifies why you won’t pay MS for it.

    I don’t care if MS makes the process clunky, or provides bad service. Either pay for your copy, or find a different OS, like Linux. Everything else is simply rationalization why you can view yourself as a good guy yet actually be a thief.

  20. Justin Cunningham Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:17:22 GMT

    OS X is my primary OS. Get my Windows Photoshop and Quickbooks Enterprise ($3k/year) licenses to run on Lion, and I’d be glad to drop Windows altogether.

    Also, somebody needs to fix the multi-monitor support on OS X. It blows.

  21. grumpf Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:23:00 GMT

    I have a legal version of windows 7, I’m 110% sure of this.

    However. Some times a warning pops up, and tells me that I may be a victim of software piracy.

  22. Pirate Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:23:56 GMT

    You gotta do what you gotta do. Vista sucks, XP is old. I needed 7 just to make my pile of poo vista labtop into something usable, but I cant spend $100, $200 or whatever to make that happen. So KAT.PH found me a highly seeded copy and I was up and running same day. Life is short, stop worrying about it. Talented musicians, software engineers, and other creators of intellectual property are in demand and will get their money one way or another. Don’t hate yourself for pirating some software if thats what you gotta do to keep yourself relevant in this difficult world.

  23. Bling Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:28:06 GMT

    Bravo.

  24. mephi5to Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:34:45 GMT

    wait, there is a paid version?

  25. Charlie Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:34:54 GMT

    For everything I need ubuntu works very well. I switched for the same reason - it took WAY too much effort and too many reboots to reinstall winXP on my Dell Laptop. There is a bit of a learning curve for the important apps: LibreOffice, Inkscape and Gimp (Office, Illustrator, Photoshop)… but by and large, Ubuntu is easy and customizable - and best of all - no authentication issues. For the few things i still need windows for, I use the windows disc that came with the computer and set it up in VirtualBox

  26. srsly plz? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:43:27 GMT

    @JustinCunningham by your own justification you should just pirate photoshop and stop bitching about it.

  27. Jaffer Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:51:10 GMT

    After your second ‘justification’ I really have to assume this whole blog post is a troll at this point..

    Congratulations OP you have succeeded. Until we meet again.

  28. Josh Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:53:12 GMT

    Save yourself months of hassle every year and get a Mac instead.

  29. Josh Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:54:24 GMT

    I see you’re stuck with two software there. What you should do is use alternatives available on Mac, and migrate your data and your process if necessary.

  30. srsly plz Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:55:43 GMT

    Also since you say you have an enterprise license I can only assume that its for your business. So you’re what you’re really saying is that your company is pirating windows. That’s real smart. GG troll.

  31. Brian Johnson Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:01:56 GMT

    Sorry to hear you had trouble Justin. Was this a copy of Windows that you bought in the store of did it come with the machine you’re dealing with? If it came with the machine, you usually need to contact the manufacturer for a copy of the media they use on their machines. If it was (FPP) let me know and I’ll look into it. My e-mail is brianjo@microsoft.com.

    Cheers,

    Brianjo

  32. WebHoster Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:14:07 GMT

    Why do pirates have a better experience than customers? I think its because we make the stuff they sell.

  33. Guntram Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:24:09 GMT

    Great Post. Just too true.

  34. zaiah Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:24:38 GMT

    I’m sorry, but a vast majority of commenters are missing the point entirely here. A lot of us enjoy using Windows. When it works.

    This concept is similar to having a car that you REALLY like to drive. But every time you have to bring said car into service, your experience is so bad that it dissolves whatever joy you initially got from driving it!

    My dad is a developer who honed his chops on Windows systems, using their rather large kit of development tools. I learned how to do a ton of things with my computer running Windows. It was easy to do. It is easy for kids, seniors, and non-intellectual types to get started.

    The problem is this: Microsoft keeps biting the hand that is feeding it. Why is it so difficult for me, a budding developer, to learn and use Powershell? Why do I have to resort to hackery like Cygwin when a far more powerful company could and should make a decent scripting language for their OS? Why are there so many millions of pages and revisions of incomplete or abandoned documentation for products like Powershell or Windows server floating around on Microsoft’s own Developer Network? Why is it that everytime I want to learn a little more about my Windows system, I have to go through hell and back to get a simple answer.

    To this day, I can’t understand how a company with the resources of Microsoft can’t come up with anything better than IIS for a web server. It’s ridiculous.

    So consider this. I have paid for my software and signed up for my service level agreement. Yet when I need to make a call for something that should be a quick fix, I’m circumvented to two or more dumbasses before I can finally get someone who know’s what they’re talking about on the line.

    Anyone suggesting that “he should simply buy a mac or install linux and be done with it” has missed the thesis of the article. I use Arch Linux personally and love the simplicity and power it gives me when doing development work. But I miss well-crafted programs like the Office Suite. Additionally, I don’t really enjoy that I HAVE to resort to running VMs to do any serious audio/video work. What I regret the most, however, is that I HAVE to make this decision. Why? Because the company that is supposed to be concentrating on making their product better, quicker, easier, and more transparent to use is only focused on making their bottom line larger and further isolating me as a customer by requiring me to jump through loop holes to use it.

    Just my two (or three) cents.

  35. LucyB@mailinator.com Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:35:12 GMT

    one word:

    OSX

  36. Charles Keepax Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:39:03 GMT

    Personally, I have given up and use Linux pretty much exclusively now.

  37. A.H. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:41:10 GMT

    Pirating Windows XP, Vista and 7 is quite simple, if you’re not afraid to modify your BIOS - there’s tools available on a certain digital life forum that will insert the required OEM markers to your BIOS, which will then let you install OEM-activated versions of Windows (the same place also includes instructions on how to turn your regular install to an OEM-activated one). There’s additional benefit to this - no matter how much you change your hardware, Windows won’t deactivate, as long as the marker in BIOS is there (and Windows will always pass WGA checks).

  38. JEEY Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:42:20 GMT

    If your computing needs are simple then Ubuntu is what you should be using. There is no excuse for pirating Windows if your work can be done on Ubuntu. Otherwise fair-enough, but you already own Windows 7 so you don’t need the next version.

  39. zaiah Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:43:52 GMT

    @Jim B It takes 3-5 minutes to download a WinXP iso. Anywhere from 20-40 minutes to download a WinXP iso. And 20 minutes to install it either in a Virtual Machine or a real system. Mind you, I can put this image anywhere without worrying about serial numbers or other superflous niggles. I saved $100, and a LOT of frustration.

    Which would you choose? If your hourly rate covers that, then more power to you. I know mine–and I’m sure a whole hell of a lot of other people’s–doesn’t.

  40. erur Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:59:13 GMT

    I did that pledge back with XP. The bloated XP made everything slow. And Microsoft’s WGA-spyware pissing people off.

    Anyone who ever bought a PC with any Windows bundled has already payed too much to Microsoft. Using any version of Windows is punishment enough. Why pay to get screwed over.

  41. Roger Baker Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:04:07 GMT

    I appreciate the frustration with Microsoft. So does much of the planet. But the decision to pirate (steal) rather than to change software providers should be labeled as a crime, regardless. Certainly Microsoft has managed to take from every Windows user to some degree. An ethical solution is possible: change OSes.

    For me, I run Windows 7, OSX, and Linux. I prefer the 3rd, I use the first two because of necessity for particular pieces of software. I don’t try to get Windows-dependent, but sometimes you need a copy for particular situations.

    Robbing others when you’ve been robbed is a counter-attack, but not a solution. If you can abandon Microsoft or any other vendor whose work has robbed you, that’s a much better track.

    Just my two cents. Grace! -Rog

  42. 0xFUUU Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:04:19 GMT

    Excellent write-up. Let us know if you get a nasty-gram from M$ ;)

  43. Adam Ahmed Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:23:00 GMT

    From a practical perspective: MS doesn’t give a shit about you. The activation method works against the average joe. Average Joe does not think pirating windows is easy (he has never heard of a torrent). Also nearly all copies of Windows are pre-installed. if you buy those, there is no code to enter. Your protest is meaningless for the majority of consumers.

    And to rehash previous posts: You don’t have the moral high ground when pirating because you are too lazy to enter some numbers when you want to use an OS. If you like Windows, use it the way that is Right and Just. If you don’t, use a GNU/Linux distro. Seriously, complaining about 3 minutes of time to enter an activation key is the definition of lazy and entitled.

  44. Jim B Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:27:31 GMT

    zaiah said: “[in stealing a copy of windows] I saved $100, and a LOT of frustration. Which would you choose?”

    Nobody doubts that it is economical to steal software. The point is that it is theft, yet the author of the blog post, and apparently many others, either don’t view it as theft, or aren’t troubled by it.

    Let me make a clear distinction: if the author paid for a copy of windows and found it more convenient to install a pirated version because he didn’t have to enter keys, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. His claim is that because he finds entering the key inconvenient, MS should get paid $0, and that is what I disagree with.

    As for me, yes, I bought a retail copy of windows xp when I wanted to run a copy in a VM. I bought another copy when my wife wanted to run some xp apps in a vm on her mac. Sure, I’d like to have spent that $200 on ice cream and cookies, but if I value the MS software enough to want to use it (warts and all), then they deserve to be paid for it.

    The fundamental argument I’m hearing from pirates is this: “MS software sucks, so I am not troubled by stealing it.” That is like saying “Your cooking is terrible, please give me a second serving.” It is all just rationalization to hide from yourself that you are a thief.

  45. j@planetjonny.com Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:28:12 GMT

    This seems really really dumb.

    I dont mind paying for a house but I hate having to pay mortgage insurance. Its just a huge inconvenience. I know! I’ll just steal the house instead!

    Good job!

  46. nick@huffo.com Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:40:53 GMT

    they already have figured how to get more of your money. the future will be in subscriptions. just like the iPhone and its apps.

  47. USE LINUX Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:48:22 GMT

    Just use Linux, you’ll be better off in the long run

  48. Brett L Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:55:27 GMT

    “Why do pirates have a better experience than customers?”

    That’s what it boils down to.

    Ask Gabe Newell, founder of Valve and the Steam digital distribution platform for gaming, about this issue. In an interview, he’s explicitly said “most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customer’s use or by creating uncertainty.” By ensuring that the customer experience is better than the alternative (piracy), they’ve become by far the #1 platform for digital distribution of PC games in the world. That stopped more acts of piracy and generated legitimate sales through service quality than any DRM solution has.

    Anime is the same way. Dedicated fans ARE willing to spend hundreds of dollars on box sets of DVDs/Blu-Rays/etc, but end up pirating anyway because it’s a better product. The translations are often better and more complete, there are translator’s notes to explain things like puns that don’t make sense through a simple translation, and the turnaround time for new episodes is incredibly short. Independent translators can have torrents live and fully translated within hours of a show appearing on TV, and yet to get the episode legitimately often takes months or years for an entire company to do it.

  49. Mike Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:17:22 GMT

    Well, if you really want to use Windows, then that is the price you pay. If you are not willing to pay the price, then you should use another OS. I don’t like it, and I switched two years ago to OS X when I bought a new laptop. It took a few days to find different software to replace my old windows programs, but I have never looked back.

    So my advice: try OS X or Linux.

  50. vonskippy Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:00:09 GMT

    I have the exact same problem with BMW. Can you believe they have the audacity to believe I’ll be willing to pay $60,000 more for their car then for a Chevy. Geesh, how stupid can you get. That’s why I plan on stealing my BMW. Until they understand it’s all about the customer experience, I’ll teach them the lesson the hard way.

  51. Matt Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:15:46 GMT

    Good job.

    You’re right about a change of serving being necessary. I actually buy things through Steam when I can. I do my best to support indie developers. (I’m a struggling newly-college-graduate, so I can’t really afford a whole lot). Windows is a mess to install, and Microsoft treats us so poorly.

  52. WizkidLabs Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:29:15 GMT

    Switch to Linux.

    I use Windows 7 to play Starcraft 2 and everything else with Ubuntu.

    Won’t be buying future Windows versions.

  53. Zeljko Dakic Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:36:23 GMT

    I think you might get your wishes come true, as MS is moving to marketplace, it will probably distribute newer version through it as well as other software. That way you will get all your software that way and you will not have any hassle with licences.

    I think we should make marketplace with auto updates for open and free software.

  54. Rbeavers Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:41:19 GMT

    Tech Net $179. a year you get All MS Software for life! First year a little more but if you look you can find a coupon code.

  55. ct Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:05:25 GMT

    I tried. Really tried to love linux, but tiny problems are accumulated and accumulated more in ubuntu so that I formatted my linux partition. After that, I installed the newer version when it was available. It had also some problems and I tried to resolve them, spends hours on it even stealing my sleeps but no hope. Reformatted. After 11.04 update, it had something called ubuntu unity which f***ed my ui and keyboard in ubuntu and so that I couldn’t even access the “terminal”. Therefore, one more format and reinstall ubuntu to give another change for new user interface. Yet it had wireless problems, I didn’t find a solution which fits. I had 3 months without wireless. Plus tons of dual boot problems.

    So please tell me linux user. Are we talking about the same linux?

  56. bob Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:31:45 GMT

    Or you could do something other than windows; for example ITS

  57. TSG Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:57:50 GMT

    Wait until you try to deploy Office 2010. It has to reactivate every 180 days for no reason. And if your us, it fails every time requiring a reinstall that magically works. WTF? My personal gripe with microsoft is how everything enterprise related always has the most complicated approach to do anything, requiring you to be a rocket scientists to figure out. It’s like their engineers program it, and it works, and they leave it at that and shove it out to market without any thought about the user.

  58. necenzurat Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:59:24 GMT

    The only version of windows i have bought was XP and after 6 months, lamentably FAILED to work, reinstall and yet not working. Got a windows from the filelist.ro (torrent website) and worked like a charm, seriously, the first windows that failed was the ORIGINAL shit

    PS: the MSDNAA program let’s you download Windows (ISO) for 5 times maximum, then it says that you have reached the limit of bullshit.

    M$ sucks

  59. dghughes Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:02:12 GMT

    @ Marc it’s no better with Apple. Sure no activation key but instead of $500 for Windows put on a $1000 PC you spend nothing on OS X but need to spend double on hardware, Apple only hardware, you’re locked into their world. You pay for OS X in the cost of the hardware OS X is never free.

  60. NotRelevant Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:13:12 GMT

    @Marc Because some of us have actual work to do that requires a real computer with a real OS, and don’t have money to waste on out of date overpriced hardware.

  61. Solutionist Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:32:33 GMT

    YoU can still do all your stuff in linux, just get the appropriate flavor like me here - Ubuntu

  62. Ahhahhaaa Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:43:35 GMT

    So, YOU’RE the one that’s been paying for it? Wow. Its like I’ve found the chupacabra, bigfoot and Nessy playing cards on top of Steve Jobs’ grave. >MFW

  63. NotRelevent's fan Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:43:53 GMT

    @NotRelevent thank you.

  64. Anonymous Coward Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:12:03 GMT

    The reason for MS’s stupidity is a simple one: nobody told them that locks are for honest people only. Only providing a good and reasonably priced product/service, plus being always on the watch against them helps. None of these is among MS’s strenghts: they sell overpriced products accompanied by pretty bad services, and them watching what happens with their products simply means sponsoring the BSA in countries with high piracy rates.

    I have solved the problem in a different way: I completely switched to Linux a few years ago - the moment I was able to install a distribution end to end on pretty new hardware and have all drivers installed automatically (I have been regularly doing the test with several distros once or twice each year).

    What do I get from this switch? Hassle-free, all-round updates (nothing like MS, Adobe and whoever else thinks of this providing each a distinct updater), no license-related annoyances, an increase in speed and stability, a nicer looking desktop (KDE4 knows everything OSX and W7 know, and then some, regarding eye candy), a wealth of easily installable applications (tens of thousands) which can be installed from trusted sources, a highly active support community.

    Plus, for me being a developer, Linux is a much nicer hackable environment than Windows. And since most of web servers on the internet run on Linux, it’s much easier to set up a web dev platform on Linux than on Windows - and one which is more like what your deployment target will be than a Windows platform.

    The only downside is games, but I don’t actually play that may games, and the very few I do play are old enough to be perfectly runnable under wine.

  65. Potemkine Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:39:19 GMT

    Hear, Hear

  66. Francois Demers Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:46:02 GMT

    I am a humble marketer and would not recognise an OS even if I were using one right now.

    Microsoft has ten business lines that generated a billion dollars (give or take a few cents) revenue in 2011.

    This suggests they may have a few satisfied customers as I can hardly imagine 10 billion coming in one year entirely from first-time buyers.

    Apple’s revenue is much higher and their profit margin is above 40% (source: Apple)

    Apple is more of a consumer goods and services company while Microsoft is (slightly) skewed business to business.

    What Apple has achieved that is remarkable is keeping the price of its hardware way above its intrinsic value. From an investor’s perspective, it argues strongly in favour of their vertical integration strategy. Everything, one brand.

    It will be interesting to watch what Microsoft does with its hardware lines…

  67. mensfort@hotmail.com Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:51:48 GMT

    Hi friend,

    Why fight Microsoft, you should look further beyond your nose. Only thing which is good in Microsoft is Marketing! There are 15000 people who agree with you and made an alternative operating system and it is for free. I use it and install it at my friends places. Many people have converted to Jesus and also to Linux Mint. Feel free to try it for 10 years at:

    http://www.linuxmint.com

    You can try it from a USB-stick, VM or remove Windows immediately. Don’t complain but solve it forever!

  68. RexOfRome Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:58:35 GMT

    I too got sick and tired of dealing with Windows. I switched to Ubuntu and Qt (also free) for writing C++ programs. Now I don’t have to deal with viruses and adware and all the updates are hassle free. I won’t say it was easy because after using Windows for so many years there was a learning curve but it was worth the effort.

  69. Christian Sciberras Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:59:48 GMT

    The only versions I pirated are those of historic proportions (DOS and <Win 98)… I can’t see your problem with the activation process, it only takes a few minutes, and it is done only once, so what’s the big deal?

    So far, I’ve never had any issues as a paying customer, in the last major versions of Windows (XP, Vista and 7)… I don’t see why anyone else would…unless they are expecting Microsoft to happily activate a pirated serial.

    To the anon cowardd above…I’ve been using Linux for some years, and what I can say about it, it’s that it is a far cry from a real consumer product. There’s a 40% chance it won’t work on first install, and there’s that 80% guarantee that something will break after an upgrade. Oh and did I mention that its UI is so bad that you’re better off change sound volume through command line than the system tray(if your distro even had such a tray)?

    So far, Windows has always been a good bargain given the need of a mature, robust and stable operating system - features which other OSes (inc. OSX) lack or oversee altogether.

  70. The_Tracys Thu, 19 Jan 2012 03:28:59 GMT

    I agree Pirating Win 7 is easy (much easier than MS activation)

    I have no problems with running a pirate copy of bought and paid for software rather than the hassle of re-activating it especially if you have done major system upgrades like a new mobo you should have the right to run your O.S. on effectively a different machine unimpeded and without needing to reactivate.

    If the engine in your car blew up and you needed to change it you would expect the car to still run on the new engine.

    And is software piracy actually theft in the true sense you are not actually depriving someone of anything merely copying it.

    Should I use Einstien’s Theory of Relativity to make a remarkable new discovery am I stealing from Einstein, I think not (and I think AE would be quite pleased).

    If a pirate in the nautical sense found a way of cloning someone else’s ship or their hoard of gold not simply taking it by force, they would become a very popular pirate. just as many software pirates have.

  71. Noqturnal Thu, 19 Jan 2012 03:38:48 GMT

    Apple is just as bad as Microsoft. So if you want a alternative OS go with something free that doesn’t require a walled garden, specialized expensive hardware and a interface that’s supposedly simplistic to use but lacks in a lot of ways. Like uninstalling software, Just throwing it in the trash doesn’t quite get rid of a program you don’t want. I’ve never had this problem on a Linux or Windows machine where I install something then decide to get rid of it and there’s pieces still left all over the damn system. These are my opinions yes, I know there are tons of happy Mac OS fans out there but as a matter of preference I will never own or use a single Apple product (except at work when I have to fix them) ever. I’d rather circumvent crap Microsoft software than deal with Apple.

    Linux needs to grow. Not enough people try it, For a ton of your basic user’s who just want to get to Facebook and Youtube it’s awesome. and for the technically savvy you have more control over your machine. You can almost say the same for OS X however I believe they work a little too much in the polished look department than the functionality department. There are some cool things in the UI and some things that I just cant stand but can’t make go away (example would be iTunes, or i anything. Didn’t Microsoft get sued for something similar involving Internet Explorer)

    I think for a company that has $35 Million in cash just laying around they can afford a little charity now and then and they might as well ditch the activation BS because seriously, it doesn’t help them at all and obviously wants to drive loyal user’s to “stealing” their stuff. I mean if you go eat a burger at a burger joint and aren’t happy with it, would you pay for it? especially if it made you sick? Of course a rational person would just stop going to that burger place and change up for a different one instead of coming in and ordering that same burger and not paying for it. But you’d think after the burger place got ripped off enough they’d eventually fire the chef and change the recipe lol.

    I still find it funny that Microsoft who are a bunch of thieves themselves bitch about other people stealing their stuff and attempt to “protect it”, same goes for Apple only they’re not as much of a Nazi when it comes to installing their OS by requiring serial numbers and activations. Ok i’m done ranting for now. This was a good article to read and had several valid points. I don’t think i’ll pay for the next version of Windows either. Actually I don’t think i’m going to use the next Version of Windows because I just don’t like any of their changes.

  72. Pulu Thu, 19 Jan 2012 03:44:19 GMT

    Shame on you - stealing is not the answer.

    Like lots of people here already suggested, try one of the free alternatives. I’ll put in a good word for Linux Mint - it’s awesome.

  73. Jules Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:02:27 GMT

    @jacketas:

    it’s clear that you’ve never actually tried pirating windows. the experience is far worse than actually paying for. sure, you have to spend a whole minute or two typing out a serial number (boohoo) but at least you get peace of mind that you will always get all the updates, have your crack detected, run afoul of the soon-to-be-introduced sopa/pipa crap, download a malware infected copy of windows/crack, etc.

    Not going to argue the morality of pirating Windows, but I will address these points:

    1. There are now Windows Activation cracks available that MS simply cannot distinguish from genuine OEM PCs. They modify your BIOS to make your PC look like an OEM PC (e.g. Dell) that does not require activation. Therefore, MS cannot stop providing updates or disable the crack without also stopping service to all those legitimate OEM customers.

    2. I’ve been downloading pirate software for decades now, and haven’t had a single malware problem from it. The simple precaution of only downloading from popular sites, only downloading files that have been on the site for more than a few months, and checking comments to make sure people aren’t experiencing malware issues, seems to prevent any kind of problem.

    3. SOPA might make finding sources harder, but I sincerely doubt it’ll eliminate them entirely.

  74. Pafy Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:06:11 GMT

    Microsoft doesn’t give a shit about you. Once you understand this, you will face two options:

    1) Stop whining about it and still use Windows 2) Move to another OS

  75. justme Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:07:56 GMT

    I’m sorry for you, I can’t agree with all this written st. YOU, as a customer, have many OPTIONS to download the ISOS directly from MICROSOFT, many Times. If YOU prefer to get the software by other ways feel free to do it, and assume the consequences, but don’t lie telling all that st. MS knows how lazy YOU are and how easy is to steal, so MS almost puts on your hands the software you’re looking for.

    If the point is that YOU don’t want to pay for it, that’s another thing…

    So, before writting all that s**t, YOU should ASK them directly OR replace your search in TPB with a search in the MS forums.

    Otherwise, as said above, you can always change your mind and O.S., and pay more than with MS, or LEARN something with Linux, and donate what you want.

    Now go and be happy :)

  76. mikek3332002 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:11:00 GMT

    A rant that could apply for most things that are pirated

  77. LordRefar Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:15:15 GMT

    I always buy my windows, but pirate it, too.

    I purchase a legit license and download or otherwise acquire a corporate edition media. Then I can install hassle-free and - post installation - use microsofts own tool to switch the system to my legit serial. Best of both worlds.

  78. Reelix Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:36:10 GMT

    The only versions of Windows I have ever bought are the ones that have come with a new PC - I have never had a problem (Except installing legit copies for client…), and unless price come down (To, Like - I don’t know - Less than 20 times the copy of a new game!), and quality goes up (NO MORE &^%*ING WINDOWS RESTARTS, and when last did ‘Send this crash log to Microsoft’ actually get the problem solved?) I will continue to pirate future versions of Windows.

    • Reelix (Using a Pirated Windows 7 Ultimate x64, with a crack that allows me to fully-update)
  79. Sergei Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:05:49 GMT

    If you do not want to use Windows, feel free to not using it.

    BTW, how much time did you spend writing this article? I do not believe the time is an issue then!

  80. Try Linux Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:11:32 GMT

    So many people recommend GNU Linux so here is another one. What distro should you choose:

    -Ubuntu or Mint or Fedora ==> most things works out of the box (actually from the repositories)

    -Debian ==> needs some effort/configuration but it can also work as a server

    -Arch ==> needs more effort/configuration but you get to know a lot of things and it’s really fast (bonus: great documentation)

    -Gentoo ==> needs all your time & attention (compiling can be fun when you don’t have anything else to do)

  81. Daniel Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:38:34 GMT

    I agree with this. I have had several laptops over the years, and the licence sticker after, what, 3 months, of being rubbed against your jeans in a train or a plane, you can make out the silver bar, but you cannot read anything on that already microscopic print if you do ever have to reinstall the OS…

    Then, you have the couple of Gb hidden in a recovery partition, and a couple more hidden for the restore points… We are still paying the same for the software even though the producers have made a substantial saving on not printing several hundred page manuals (anyone remember the massive printed MS-DOS manual and it’s associated BASIC language reference you got with 6 diskettes?)

    Finally, if you have to activate your copy of windows, with a unique licence, why oh why can MS not store this data along with the Live account you are almost obligated to have to do anything with Microsoft ? At least that way, key or not, you just log into Hotmail, live, MSN, whatever they are calling the service these days, and just download your authorised key, and revoking the machine they used to be associated with. If you are going to insist on internet activation, at least make it worthwile and easy for us!

  82. alimbada Thu, 19 Jan 2012 06:07:11 GMT

    I wouldn’t bother. Win8 is the new Vista; Win7’s going to be around for a while.

  83. BB Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:17:26 GMT

    If you think that is bad try submitting an app to the Apple store. Talk about making things difficult.

  84. kipp Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:27:37 GMT

    The good news is… after experience with iOS and Android devices, people will come to expect OS upgrades to be free.

    Seems to me that the consumer and desktop OS business model of MS has to fundementally change.

    People have begun to ask: Why do I have to pay for an OS?
    Why do I have to pay hundreds of dollars for apps?
    Why does it take so much time, and SO MUCH EFFORT to install and uninstall Windows apps?

    Expectations created by these new products are changing the market very fast. I’m having a hard time seeing how MS is going to deal with it.

  85. John Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:50:34 GMT

    If you don’t like it get lost, but don’t pirate it!

  86. George Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:16:34 GMT

    Bunch of fucking thiefs. I don’t like how BMW’s iDrive requires 5 button presses to tune a fucking radio, but that doesn’t give me the right to go steal one off the fucking lot. Drop dead, hipster asshats.

  87. Chora Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:21:25 GMT

    WELL SAID!

  88. userulluipeste Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:25:10 GMT

    @switchers proponents: One reason why it’s about Microsoft’s Windows and not about anything else is because only there you manage to have true general purpose computer’s capabilities explored. I wouldn’t argue against Mac’s OS or *nix. It’s just that Mac is more restrictive and besides it’s seductive hardware, you don’t really get any net gain. It’s OS performance is generally inferior to both Windows and Linux, and Lion OSX’s security is a subject that no one wants to get into. Linux distributions are better, but overcomplicated (all efforts addressing this aspect are taken in account). It never really meant to be a general purpose desktop OS.

    That relationship with senator vote is out of place. You may choose to vote for a doctrine represented by a person and be unhappy with the person’s personal behavior. “Vote for another doctrine” doesn’t fly. I am not happy with Microsoft’s decisions, yet the alternatives are worse. If you agree with me here, then the only direction worth your attention is a Windows open source solution - check out the ReactOS project. Btw, good point with car reference, zaiah.

  89. Brett L Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:29:12 GMT

    @George: Comparing theft of physical entities to the duplication of bits of data is inherently flawed. Bits of data are meant to be copied/transferred by design. Once you realize that this is in no way comparable, come back and have a real discussion.

  90. Jayson Lorenzen Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:31:44 GMT

    As the others have said, that was “Well said!!” I am not a MS user, and the points you make contribute to that. Their new OS is looking pretty good, especially the phone, but …. it is hard to commit to the world you outline. Gonna stick with Linux.

    Thanks for the post.

  91. Gruber Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:35:50 GMT

    I totally agree with you. But you’ve forgot something: Windows is OVERPRICED. After installing it you have nothing at all: Just the same Paint / Notepad / Wordpad stuff exactly as in Windows 3.1.

    Why can Apple sell a Lion upgrade for 30 bucks?

    PS: And here in Brazil, there is NO UPGRADE option. The only option is to buy the full version!!!

  92. Ryan Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:39:06 GMT

    @Marc, some people need Windows for things it provides that OSX doesn’t. Not everyone uses their computer to watch youtube and browse blogs.

  93. Scott Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:50:04 GMT

    You could possibly get further ahead with Microsoft by starting a petition and getting multitudes to sign said petition.

    The only thing stealing their software will accomplish, should they catch you, is excessive fines and potential jail time.

    Perhaps you should ask the gal that has succeeded against big banks on two occasions for advice.

  94. Rob Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:53:45 GMT

    I get annoyed with the things listed in the original post, just like a lot of you do…. but wrong is wrong. If it’s illegal to steal, then don’t steal.

    Either pay for it or move on to something else. You can always lobby for MS to change their anti-piracy laws. If enough consumers leave for alternatives then MS will get the message. If no one but you is complaining than maybe it’s not so much a thing to get worked up over after all.

  95. ?dd?lS Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:38:33 GMT

    If you are finding your Windows is constantly/suddenly/unexpectedly becoming de-activated, then you have a bigger problem.

  96. Really Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:50:54 GMT

    What I always find funny about these threads is the tone against Microsoft; they always right up there with Hitler, Madoff, Murdoch, and NewsCorp; Really! You guys are funny, cheap, and sad.

    Anyone suggesting to move to Linux (or mac for that matter) fails to mention is that if Microsoft stopped making money they would also stop spending ~8 billion dollars PER YEAR on R&D. And before all you fanboys jump, the vast majority of that R&D is shared freely with the industry thus allowing advances which allow projects like Linux to even be possible. Not to mention that R&D is not just related to their OS, it covers medical, education, government, and a whole slew of other areas. So bash them all want but getting rid of them or making them more like Valve simply won’t have the effect you think it will. (Look back to when GE shut down its think tanks, it was a massive blow to the world of research)

    Also Preinstalled Windows doesn’t have the same activation problems as retail. So what the article and everyone else suggesting to move to Linux is saying is you’re all too cheap to buy new hardware. Microsoft has stated many times to it’s partners that it would love to stop selling Retail copies of Windows but the customer base demands it (so obviously they do listen to a few of us). And again before the fanboys pounce, I have to believe you’re all still driving your first car (with upgrades), wearing the same clothes for the last 20 years (if you’re even that old), and heck just licking your silverware since paying for water is just Insane (those damn utilitie$… I cut into my neighbors since he’s willing to pay)

    Give me a break, give us all a break Windows won and all you linux guerrilla fighters living in the jungle just don’t want to admit it so you’ll go through massive personal pain to prove you actually won.

  97. DJC Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:16:33 GMT

    Microsoft just fix your activation PLEASE!

  98. Renato Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:07:54 GMT

    Stop the suffering and don´t start something illegal. Type this address in your web browser:

    www.goodbye-microsoft.com

    Follow the steps, and be happy forever!

  99. Chris Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:55:42 GMT

    You’re obviously into IT… are you sure you don’t anyone with an MSDN licence?

  100. WaveRunnr Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:53:02 GMT

    linux is unusable for doing real work or real play. i can’t run MS office on it nor can i plug in my iPhone and launch iTunes because neither of those things are supported and they never will be.

    so stfu already.

  101. Lauren Glenn Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:55:18 GMT

    Sure, the five-finger discount is easier than paying for it and dealing with that kind of thing…. until you get caught. I remember when CD-R burning software packages used to have a trick in them where the CD-Rs would never burn correctly unless you purchsed the software. Any warez copy would appear to work well until you did that. Very clever.

    I put up with this activation solely because I believe in paying for something that I use often. Piracy has made creating software on certain platforms cost-ineffective and then they stop making it. Maybe you won’t end up in jail, but all of those efforts in stealing something and then getting some use out of it makes you no better than someone who shoplifts. Put effort into making Linux better and be a productive member of society.

  102. SomeDude Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:03:21 GMT

    @all that say: Try OSX or Linux

    Are you blind enough to not realize that these OS might simply not be compatible to the appplications/games you want/need?

    And don’t come with the talk of alternatives, there isn’t alternative for everything. Some things are Windows only, period.

    No, it’s not the answer.

  103. Rob Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:34:00 GMT

    Disagree completely. Get off of The Pirate Bay and you will be fine!

    Activation has always cost me a whopping 10 seconds per install, after installing hundreds of window servers & clients. It has never failed.

    The only time it failed is when my ‘friend’ sent my MSDN account to a wuarez site and I had to phone in from then on out.

    Freeware OSs like Linux cost me 20+ of hours just to get 1 server running properly. Then I patch and its down again.

    Activation is the least of a mid-to-large companies worries.

    People’s time is always more expensive than software/hardware costs.

  104. CrazyDev Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:50:47 GMT

    @ George - You need to get laid bro!

  105. Logan Cautrell Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:25:03 GMT

    Fucking awesome.

  106. Crazy Windows Admin Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:36:03 GMT

    I find almost all of the comments posted here to be a bunch of BS. The author, in my opinion is a major idiot. I have been using windows since 95 and have had more issues with third party software than the OS itself. Here is my two sense on this.

    • Author: If you are really a corporate client like you portray you are then you obviously know that you can always purchase volume license on nearly every product Microsoft makes which 90% of the time is delivered via email so cut the crap about having to lose your product key. Save it somewhere!!! As for the activation, make sure you have INTERNET ACCESS since windows xp the activation process has always been over the net; there’s absolutely no need to contact Microsoft over the phone unless you opted for a phone activation.

    I just cannot comprehend the stupidity of your blog. Microsoft has actually made it easy to activate its products by introducing the Key Management Server (KMS) which will activate Windows Xp, Vista, 7, Server 2003 - 2008 - 2008 R2 (Virtual Or Physical), and starting with Office 2007+; on your local network without the need to actually contact their activation servers. Pirating software is just not acceptable even if you claim to not have the money for it. I am 100% convinced that the same people who claim the only reason they pirate software is because they cannot afford it yet they change their smart phones every year - whenever their contract allows.

    If you want to complain about Microsoft products, please do so by highlighting meaningful issues which either makes it unusable or not practical for your business, not some stupid activation headache.

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  108. Mr Glos Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:44:41 GMT

    Too right, I am 100% behind you on this

  109. Mr Glos Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:47:22 GMT

    Crazy Windows Admin: Hmm..if you aren’t Mr Gates himself then please remove yourself from the gene pool and/or re-read the author’s comments and reassess the under thought, over dramatic outburst you have obviously gone at lengths to write. I imagine thats 10 minutes of your life you will never get back now.

  110. E.A. Orak Fri, 20 Jan 2012 07:59:37 GMT

    I suggest you to use Linux instead. But if you insist to use Window$ for a really really good reason (actually I can’t think one), I think you’re doing right with pirating.

    I would do the same if I would use Windows (I’m not and won’t), cause I have bought about 6 laptops so far, and each one has came with a Windows cd that actually I don’t want to and will not use, and I have paid for each one. I think that gives me right to use any Window$ version from now on, without paying anymore.

    But as I’ve said, I don’t need to do that, cause I have suffer from Window$ enough. I have been using Linux for years, at home and work, and I suggest you and everybody that want to use a real operating system to do the same.

  111. Crazy Windows Admin Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:25:54 GMT

    Mr Glos: In my opinion that was ten minutes of my life well spent writing this, nonetheless I could have toned it down a bit; you are right about the unnecessary outburst. The author’s frustration, in my opinion, is misplaced.

  112. John Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:50:58 GMT

    This reads like the RIAA wrote it to pass SOPA - not sure I believe this rant and rave propaganda. I’ve NEVER had a problem activating windows and you should know that most “cracks” are just viruses.

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  115. Joshua Kiley Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:22:10 GMT

    Stupid: Pirating Windows because it (1) costs money (2) takes time to activate (3) costs you more money if you lose the activation key and need to reinstall and wait for a new CD

    Smart: Switching to Linux (1) 1 hour download time (2) Costs $0.50 for a blank CD (3) You never have to activate

    Stupid: Saying you need Windows so you can’t switch to Linux, when all you do is use Microsoft Office and the internet. (1) For every application you can use on Windows, there is an alternative for Linux.

    I was fed up with Microsoft when I bought Vista, installed it, and it broke my computer. Then I wanted to install XP again and they said no, I had to buy a new copy of Windows XP to do that. The greedy (insert profanity) So I decided to try Ubuntu, and I loved it, and I’ll never buy a Microsoft product again in my life.

  116. Joshua Kiley Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:30:41 GMT

    Microsofts R&D is not shared freely with the industry. Microsoft isn’t amazing. It’s slow, bulky, heavily coded, and inherently broken. Microsoft hinders the growth of Linux, not aid to it. The only time Linux ever benefits from Microsoft is when someone who used to use Windows switches to Linux.

  117. Really Sat, 21 Jan 2012 01:49:14 GMT

    In response to Joshua Kiley: “Microsofts R&D is not shared freely with the industry”, First I didn’t say everything MS R&D works on is freely shared but most of it is. You obviously don’t work with anyone, any company or any government that does work with MS R&D; if you did you’d know you’re wrong.

    “It’s slow, bulky, heavily coded, and inherently broken.” Yep that’s why they have over a billion people running their OS’s, and Linux has roughly 18 million (of the dozens and dozens of Linux distros)

    “Microsoft hinders the growth of Linux, not aid to it.” This statement just proves you’re just a Linux fanboy and nothing more. Without the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and a vast number of other companies conducting and funding research, and then working to across the industries to standardize those technologies Linux and most other “projects” end up being shelved as they don’t progress they just provide options.

    “The only time Linux ever benefits from Microsoft is when someone who used to use Windows switches to Linux.” While I’d love to respond to this, I’ll wait a week and let any of the 20 million new Windows users prove you wrong.

  118. Reply to the lame Original Post Sat, 21 Jan 2012 02:49:58 GMT

    Go buy an Apple. Install a Linux.

    You think writing an OS is a cheap task with no value whatsover? Fine, then go write your own.

    Stealing and finding excuses for it is lame.

    Would you do the same with a car? Steal it cause you dont like the cupholder?

    And yes, after you steal it, demonize the company that brought the product to you. It will make you feel better. After all you are a modern Robin Hood. Lame

  119. raj.lath@gmail.com Sun, 22 Jan 2012 02:35:53 GMT

    So what do you want software developers to do . Leave the software unprotected - which will be an open invitation for those on the border line whether to buy or not a particular software - join the bandwagon of pirated software user. I admit piracy will be eternal but i have also seen software which are so well protected that no pirated copy is available or those in which MEDICINES have been applied will not work properly. Need of the hour is not doing away with registration but to devise way which will discourage people to stop working on their product and work on something more vulnerable. A case in question is anti-virus software.In my countries people take it for granted that they wont pay for antivirus software.But gradually they did realize that it is better to buy a genuine registered software(of course those av company provided their software at a very comfortable price) then being harassed with regular update problem and registration nags.

  120. SithLord2K Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:47:08 GMT

    Linux requires NO activation. At least none of the distros I have used did. It is completely free. Will run on most hardware. Only problem is not all Windows software will run in Linux with acceptable performance. But it’s better than the Microsoft way of life of causing the end user more trouble at high prices.

  121. mike Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:14:14 GMT

    i hate mac it cant do what i need it to like play games lol, linux is just as bad i dont want to emulate somthing to play my games or do what i need done and that leaves windows sure i bought a new copy of 7 from microsoft and yea it wouldnt activate and they made me buy another copy cause of the number and maby i got pissed and said hello to utorrent and sure i took what i needed but i think thats fair since i already had 2 copys of an os that would not work cause of somones key generator i shouldnt have to pay for that but guess what i did but not any more, way i see it is if i buy somthing from you i should get it you owe me what i payed for and if it doesnt work fix it and if you wont fix it then i have every right to take my money back or the product i BOUGHT

  122. JJ Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:02:11 GMT

    Agreed 100%

    In some countries the internet is slow or expensive. I too have had issue and had to call …. but guess what the number no longer works - so then you have to google around till you find a number that does work.

    FAIL MICROSOFT !!!

  123. LazyAzzSpotter Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:59:57 GMT

    Oh poor me, it takes a couple of minutes to enter a product key. And I can’t tell if that is the letter G or the digit 6. Poor me, I am so pissed, I will just go steal something to teach MS a lesson.

    Yeah, seen it before. I bet you hit 66 Start on your microwave too, cause you’re too d@mn lazy to move your fingers to hit 60 Start.

  124. Sprachnessmonster Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:38:07 GMT

    I’m with you. XP BSOD’s took two years off my life. Bought 7 and got nagged every three weeks about not being activated…even though I had. Finally…after months as stated on the package it came in…MS would no longer let me activate on line. Valid product key or not… it forced me to call some poor woman in India to activate. I change hardware often so that woman and I have become close friends….not. So, I Bit(torrented) the apple and if I have to spend eternity in Hell…so be it. 7 Now works great…just in time for 8! As for ya”ll Mac Haters…here’s the truth. I have the latest version of OSX running on an ASUS P5Q Deluxe / Intel E8500. Runs perfect…updates perfect…with no thanks to me because I’m a hardware guy. I dream in schematics…circuit diagrams of vacuum tube amplifiers, switch mode power supplies, Parralax Basic Stamps, etc. But, when it comes to software..I have no patience for it. I’m no hacker, I’m at the mercy of those who do. I’m not even sure I’m intelligent enough to write code that”s too big to run on Arduino. The biggest mystery about software is why do we pay for something that may or may not work? I get the reality of the situation… It”s the principal that hurts.