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Microsoft Yanks Windows 7 Download Tool

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Microsoft has pulled the Windows 7 download tool from its online store do to GPL allegations.

Consumers wanting to upgrade to Windows 7--and don't have an optical drive--may be out of luck for a while. According to CNET, Microsoft has pulled the Windows USB/DVD Tool from its online Microsoft Store due to allegations that it makes improper use of open-source code. Microsoft said that it is now conducting an investigation on the matter.

"Microsoft is looking into this issue and is taking down the (Windows 7 updating) tool from the Microsoft Store site until its review is complete," the company said in a statement. "We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."

The allegations appeared last week by Rafael Rivera on his Within Windows blog. He said that Microsoft's tool uses code from the Codeplex-hosted Image Master project which is licensed under the General Public License v2. Rivera says that Microsoft violates the GPL because it did not offer or provide source code for the modifications. Microsoft also "glued in some of their own licensing terms," he said.

Rivera initially reported that he grew suspicious of the tool while poking through its code. "I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyyyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool," he said. Currently there's no word on when the Windows 7 tool will return to the online store.

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    Zoonie , November 10, 2009 9:10 PM
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    Microsoft has pulled the Windows 7 download tool from its online store do to GPL allegations.


    'due to'
    -ed

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    skittle , November 10, 2009 9:44 PM
    city_zen'and WHO don't have an optical drive'


    Netbooks
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  • 13 Hide
    Zoonie , November 10, 2009 9:10 PM
    Quote:
    Microsoft has pulled the Windows 7 download tool from its online store do to GPL allegations.


    'due to'
    -ed

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    Anonymous , November 10, 2009 9:25 PM
    Now why am I not one bit surprised?

    Used the tool myself to create a Windows 7 setup Flash drive for a system I was working on and the first thing I saw when running the tool was The Microsoft Store label on the dialog window.

    The first thing that sprang to mind was WTF!!!

    Granted, the tool was easy enough to use, but there was nothing transparent about it.

    It was more like a Creating Windows 7 USB/DVD Setup for IDIOTS tool.
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    Gin Fushicho , November 10, 2009 9:27 PM
    How much extra coding? Now I'm curious.
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    matt87_50 , November 10, 2009 9:28 PM
    what a waste of time
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    city_zen , November 10, 2009 9:30 PM
    Quote:
    --and don't have an optical drive--

    'and WHO don't have an optical drive'
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    skittle , November 10, 2009 9:39 PM
    I looked at the "infringing" code... it was nothing more than one function that had a similiar name and provided a similiar function. How many different ways can you read bits from an ISO? This claim is not only false, but completely basless and just flat out wrong. The code looks NOTHING alike.
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    skittle , November 10, 2009 9:44 PM
    city_zen'and WHO don't have an optical drive'


    Netbooks
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    papasmurf , November 10, 2009 10:05 PM
    Quote:
    Rivera initially reported that he grew suspicious of the tool while poking through its code. "I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyyyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool," he said. Currently there's no word on when the Windows 7 tool will return to the online store.



    If the source code was not offered publicly by Microsoft how did this guy look at it? Some sort of disassembler?
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , November 10, 2009 11:04 PM
    papasmurfIf the source code was not offered publicly by Microsoft how did this guy look at it? Some sort of disassembler?

    On his Windows Blog, Rivera listed this tool as what he used.
    http://www.red-gate.com/products/reflector/

    RedGate offers a Free copy on their website.
  • 7 Hide
    buwish , November 10, 2009 11:11 PM
    Funny how the things that work the best seem to have legal issues surrounding them.
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    rambo117 , November 10, 2009 11:53 PM
    city_zen'and WHO don't have an optical drive'

    fail....
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2009 1:05 AM
    Hope it's back soon, was a handy tool.
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    cruiseoveride , November 11, 2009 1:16 AM
    Quote:
    "I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyyyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool,


    Sounds like all of Micrsoft's products
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    JOSHSKORN , November 11, 2009 2:07 AM
    Zoonie'due to'-ed

    you beat me to it. D'oah!
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    backin5 , November 11, 2009 5:35 AM
    That would be quite the hypocrisy, if they did it, not to mention rude.

    Microsoft (like many other large corporations) would patent the air we breathe and the water we drink if they could.

    And of course, they bitch about anything that remotely or seemingly infringes on their rights and patents, but they don't seem all that bothered with adhering to fair business conduct.
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    ossie , November 11, 2009 6:01 AM
    skittleI looked at the "infringing" code... it was nothing more than one function that had a similiar [SIC] name and provided a similiar function. How many different ways can you read bits from an ISO? This claim is not only false, but completely basless [SIC] and just flat out wrong. The code looks NOTHING alike.

    Did m$ offered you their sources, if you're so sure? Binary code depends largely on the compiler, so any comparison is useless.
    If micro$uxx was sooo innocent, why did they pulled it?
    It wouldn't be the first time m$ "borrows" without acknowledge, or proper credit.
    m$ loves licensing terms just it they line up their pockets...
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    logitic , November 11, 2009 7:55 AM
    Just got off work and I guess I am tired. What is the no-no that is being implied here? Could some one put this in layman's terms?
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    anamaniac , November 11, 2009 8:50 AM
    city_zen'and WHO don't have an optical drive'

    Netbook users

    Though I could have saved $30 and ditched the DVD drive on my comp... mighty tempting.
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    TheOnion , November 11, 2009 2:27 PM
    I used this tool to install windows 7 when my old ass NEC DVD drive wouldn't recognize the windows 7 disc. It worked great.
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    cookoy , November 11, 2009 2:56 PM
    Microsoft being this long on the OS and application and server business, you'd think they have programs for every conceivable tasks under the sun. Well, maybe except one and to those fellas who need to use this download tool, tough luck, this is the one they forgot to make on their own.
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