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Windows 8 Store Cracked

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

A first significant hack for Windows Store applications is making the rounds on the Internet.

The "Windows 8/2012 sideloading crack", offered via a post on My Digital Life Forums, enables the installation of not-yet approved Windows Store apps as well as the conversion of trial versions to full versions.

According to the FAQ, the software can also create redistributables of already purchased applications - and especially those that are offered as a buy option only: "Someone [has] to buy it, prepare redistributable and share with others. It's like ripping blueray. Someone has to buy the disc."

The crack was apparently released shortly after the release of Windows 8, and has been modified several times since then. However, there are still shortcomings, such as the fact that cracked apps cannot be updated via the Windows Store.

Microsoft has not yet reacted to the crack, but the issue appears to be significant enough to be addressed sooner rather than later.

 

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    A Bad Day , November 27, 2012 8:37 PM
    ushyperionNow that's what i like to hear.


    As a programmer who created those products and needs to put food on the table, that's what I don't want to hear.
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    edlivian , November 27, 2012 7:37 PM
    wow, now these devices are going to start selling
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    JamesSneed , November 27, 2012 8:04 PM
    Calling it Windows Store just seems so fitting now.
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  • 23 Hide
    edlivian , November 27, 2012 7:37 PM
    wow, now these devices are going to start selling
  • 20 Hide
    JamesSneed , November 27, 2012 8:04 PM
    Calling it Windows Store just seems so fitting now.
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    cercuitspark , November 27, 2012 8:14 PM
    edlivianwow, now these devices are going to start selling


    They have already sold 40 million...
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    ushyperion , November 27, 2012 8:16 PM
    Now that's what i like to hear.
  • 23 Hide
    A Bad Day , November 27, 2012 8:37 PM
    ushyperionNow that's what i like to hear.


    As a programmer who created those products and needs to put food on the table, that's what I don't want to hear.
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2012 8:43 PM
    A Bad DayAs a programmer who created those products and needs to put food on the table, that's what I don't want to hear.


    Bru I feel your Pain, which is why I moved from content Creation to Technical. My business now mostly deals in hardware and Websites.

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    Anonymous , November 27, 2012 8:50 PM
    People have been able to download free Pirated Android Apps and iOS apps for some time. So this isn't that shocking...

    I don't advise doing that it's not nice. Let the "Devlopers, Devlopers, Devlopers" feed their families yo.
  • 10 Hide
    emjayy , November 27, 2012 9:29 PM
    cercuitsparkThey have already sold 40 million...


    Um, no. They sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to manufacturers who are currently making devices that will be sold running Windows 8 by default. The vast majority of those Windows 8 devices have yet to be sold to consumers.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 27, 2012 10:32 PM
    Well that didn't take long...
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    AndrewMD , November 27, 2012 10:40 PM
    emjayyUm, no. They sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to manufacturers who are currently making devices that will be sold running Windows 8 by default. The vast majority of those Windows 8 devices have yet to be sold to consumers.



    Umm, 40 million licenses are still 40 million licenses, manufactures like myself do not get the software codes for free.....

    Thank you.
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2012 11:06 PM
    Good luck OEMs selling me any PC that comes with windows 8 pre-installed, better start offering windows 7, or your sales are going to be slow! M$ is not getting that app store OS on my hardware!
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    bigdragon , November 27, 2012 11:29 PM
    Let's see...I can pirate Window 8 Store apps, iOS apps, Android apps, Xbox 360 games, BluRay movies, DVDs, MP3s, and just about everything else. There's very little out there that cannot be pirated. I predict Microsoft will remain quiet on this for a bit longer. They have to walk this fine line of protecting their devs but also increasing the mind share and market share of their Metro apps. They desperately need and want both right now.
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    beayn , November 28, 2012 2:14 AM
    emjayyUm, no. They sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to manufacturers who are currently making devices that will be sold running Windows 8 by default. The vast majority of those Windows 8 devices have yet to be sold to consumers.
    But the vendors have an idea how much they're going to sell and base their purchases on that. It might undersell by a percentage, but nothing too significant. Selling below quota usually means more competitive pricing anyway.
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    Kami3k , November 28, 2012 5:56 AM
    AndrewMDUmm, 40 million licenses are still 40 million licenses, manufactures like myself do not get the software codes for free..... Thank you.


    And if they don't get sold, no more licenses and no more money for Microsoft.
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    wanderer11 , November 28, 2012 9:49 AM
    Why do software companies bother with DRM? It all gets cracked eventually.
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    Anonymous , November 28, 2012 10:17 AM
    So fitting... A store with broken windows so people can help themselves. :D 
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    amj2008 , November 28, 2012 12:13 PM
    There are criminals who find it a sport to destroy things, now that we can afford it and they abuse it....

    Those people belong behind bars.......
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    akula2 , November 29, 2012 9:10 PM
    It has destined to happen because Windows are very jealous with Apple's model. Don't believe that? MS managers agreed in front of me! Coming to Windows 8, they played hard ball to 'market' this OS. Why should I dump my 100+ Windows 7 Pro so soon? I told them that I'm in talk with like-minded people (who feel betrayed) seeking for a class action suit against MS for dumping Win 7 Service Pack 2, forcing the Customers to migrate, plus I've problem with the Windows 8 EULA terms.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 9:26 PM
    Most EULA terms suck. Ever read one? Because of EULAs, we mostly rent s/w. We use s/w w/o warranty. If it crashes and you lose data, that's your bad luck. No warranty. That doesn't happen with other products: if a light bulb breaks in your hand as you're screwing it into a lamp and lacerates your hand, you can sue GE or Philips and they'll make it good in various ways. It is time we demanded this type of support.