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    OEM Activation 3.0 in Windows 8 to curb activation hacks

    Posted: 05 Apr 2011 03:30 PM PDT


    A Windows 7 OEM Activation App shows how hard Microsoft will have to work to outsmart hackers

    Microsoft is currently working on new activation technology to curb the plague of BIOS, SLIC, and various activation hacks that exist for Windows.

    The new technology will be OEM Activation 3.0 (OA 3.0), an upgrade from OA2.1, which was used in Windows 7. A quick Google search will land you on Microsoft’s job post, confirming a position for this project.

    Microsoft issues keys for OEM and computer manufacturers, some of which would allow the user to skip the activation process. These keys serve their function by checking for data in the OEM-embedded hardware BIOS. Unfortunately for Microsoft, hackers have found a way to circumvent this procedure.

    Readers may take a look at this link for additional information on how OEM Activation works. The latest news comes from Zukona [via sp3cial5t] and AngelWZR.

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    Windows 8 to have Mount ISO ability

    Posted: 05 Apr 2011 03:51 AM PDT

    Image from MDL

    The latest leaked screenshot shows the option for “Mount” in the right-click context menu for .iso files. This is definitely a step forward for Microsoft after adding the ability to burn .iso images natively in Windows 7.

    As of this morning, Zukona reports the latest Windows 8 build at Winmain 7976.0.110401-1700.

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