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Why get Windows 7 from Torrent sites - When MS is giving away free key

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January 14, 2009 4:08:48 PM

Whats the benefit from getting a hacked version or why crack it when Microsoft is giving away free downloads with updates and also free legit keys??


I got the legal version just wondering whats the difference.

a b $ Windows 7
January 14, 2009 6:38:17 PM

I have the legit version too - the only reason that I could see a benefit to the crack is that it was available about a week earlier than the legit beta.
January 14, 2009 6:58:53 PM

I would avoid OS's on torrents... You never know what fun might have been added...
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January 14, 2009 7:13:36 PM

kuanaco said:
Whats the benefit from getting a hacked version or why crack it when Microsoft is giving away free downloads with updates and also free legit keys??




Ummm.. Hmmm.. I don't know - I guess I just like the thought of my Social Security and Banking information floating around in Nigeria helping impoverished scamm.. Ummm... 'Scuse: "Entrepreneurs".. better their lot in life. :lol:  :heink:  :lol:  :heink: 
a b $ Windows 7
January 14, 2009 7:41:08 PM

Only reason: Speed. Usually torrenting is faster (as in DL speed, esp. on Day 1) than the Microsoft.
January 15, 2009 12:56:47 AM

Torrenting is usually slower for me, but I got the OS 2-3 days before everyone else. I'm happy. Just get the untouched torrents and you're fine. I compared hashes and they come up clean, so they would have been borderline no-lifes to fiddle with the OS while keeping the MD5 and SHA-1 the same.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2009 3:51:29 AM

Shadow703793 said:
Only reason: Speed. Usually torrenting is faster (as in DL speed, esp. on Day 1) than the Microsoft.


I downloaded the full thing in 20 minutes from Microsoft. I've never seen a torrent run that fast.
January 15, 2009 3:56:34 AM

Took me 4 hours via torrent.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2009 4:06:12 AM

Took less than an hour for me from MS... and that's on a 3 Mbps DSL connection.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2009 11:08:53 AM

Same, Z - Took me under an hour to download it from Technet.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2009 6:13:08 PM

I'm on stupidly fast dorm internet, so that helps a lot.

Here's what I mean by stupidly fast btw:


Given a good server, I can saturate the 100Mbps link to the router.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2009 9:13:32 PM

Try it. (Not on your main drive though - dual boot with win7 on a separate partition).

It's significantly better than Vista64, and I love Vista64.
January 15, 2009 9:31:01 PM

i agree, i'm running windows 7 in a virtual machine inside vista64. I have to say i'm very impressed with it. of course the beta version of windows 7 is still buggy, but from this preview, i'm very encouraged for the release version of the OS.
January 15, 2009 9:50:57 PM

win7 from m$ft expires Aug 1, will stop working on Aug1.

Torrent, like a box of chocolate you never know what you'll get.
January 16, 2009 8:34:14 AM

randomizer said:
so they would have been borderline no-lifes to fiddle with the OS while keeping the MD5 and SHA-1 the same.


No, they would be cryptoanalysts with beyond borderline genius IQs and supercomputers.
January 16, 2009 5:48:42 PM

kuanaco said:
Whats the benefit from getting a hacked version or why crack it when Microsoft is giving away free downloads with updates and also free legit keys??


I wonder... when the beta ends is the cracked version still usable?
January 16, 2009 5:54:03 PM

I almost went to torrent to get it because it was showing unavailable, but a co-worker had already dl'd it and i just went online w\ MS and got a key.

January 16, 2009 10:39:11 PM

daskrabbe said:
No, they would be cryptoanalysts with beyond borderline genius IQs and supercomputers.

Would they spend supercomputer resources on torrents? If yes, then they are rich no-lives ;) 
January 17, 2009 3:52:43 PM

I went on a random computer review site, as they were hosting the iso that microsoft provided that friday night. Downloaded, Burned, then waited for a proper cd key =]
January 21, 2009 11:34:50 AM

I got it installed on a virtual machine and now I can really give my first impression...

Wow.... its windows vista ! OMFG!


Seriously... the windows 7 beta makes it look like the entire windows vista release has been a beta and a means to make money by selling it while doing extended testing and development to it.

Maybe they should have waited another year or 2 before a complete vista release; and not let a handful of computer illiterates whine about how they can't comprehend the tiny differences between windows 2000, xp, and vista. UAC !!! OMG! it's now easier to turn off.

If vista had shipped with UAC on a very low setting or disabled, I really think there would be a significantly smaller number of vista haters out there.
January 21, 2009 1:49:22 PM

I have a VM with it now from MS... UM yah it is Vista with a taste of XP. Runs realy fast on a VM, im shocked in fact.
January 23, 2009 2:53:10 AM

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January 26, 2009 11:40:50 PM

randomizer said:
Just get the untouched torrents and you're fine. I compared hashes and they come up clean, so they would have been borderline no-lifes to fiddle with the OS while keeping the MD5 and SHA-1 the same.



The guys running a torrent server with a bootleg version of windows 7 are far a too well-rounded group of gentlemen to throw a rootkit in there and generate a new MD5 hash.

But seriously, I'm running Windows 7 64 and I really can't tell the difference between it and Vista 64. My Vista is a fresh install as well. I had a dual boot XP/Vista set up which I wiped since I moved to Vista full time at this point.

I only have a dual core chip here. Maybe it's more obvious with quads.
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