Vista Falls on Own Sword, Hacked To Bits

Haxors have discovered how to trick Vista into thinking its running on an OEM machine and bypassing the activation and validity check entirely. The hack involves adding a BIOS certificate specific to a certain OEM which Vista then accepts as legitimate.

After the brute-force keygen — which seems to be hoax — and the things like this hack its abundantly clear that Vista activation is a speed-bump and little else. However, I can suggest you go out and pay for Vista. It’s a good product, a strong upgrade, and a worthy adversary in the cat-and-mouse game called hacking.

It’s official: Pirates crack Vista at last [APCMag]