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Draconian DRM revealed in Windows 7

TechForensics (944258) writes | more than 5 years ago

Windows 4

TechForensics writes "A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobberred a nagging registration screen by replacing a .dll with a hacked version. That's not so much a surprise, but what WAS a surprise: Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to stealthily insert themselves in your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS is crippled towards allowing large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that crippling is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified .dll. Remote attestation, anyone? And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to "allow everyone" was disabled! Re media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC are gone if the program originated on your PC. The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). Under XP you could select "Stereo Mix" or similar under audio recording inputs and nicely capture any program then playing. Microsoft appears to be pandering to Big Music for its own reasons unrelated to consumer satisfaction. This may be the tip of the iceberg. Something *really nasty* is lurking under the surface of Win7. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a device so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experimenting with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files. (You never seem to know in Windows 7 when the "Access Denied" message is going to strike.) It is certainly beginning to be crystal clear why the coming WinFS will not be a good thing for userland, and a Very Good Thing for Microsoft and its partners."

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Hello World! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26872989)

So much crazy, so little time.

Windows 7 and I/O restrictions (1)

TechForensics (944258) | more than 5 years ago | (#26873429)

The Windows 7 kernel appears to take control of multimedia / I/O in software. This means your devices are listed as produced by Microsoft, and use Microsoft supplied drivers. This in turn means Microsoft controls how many and which inputs and outputs your sound card has, and whether an input will work at the same time as an output. I do not know if it is possible to force the use of the original manufacturer's drivers but it is logical that it is not, particularly since your cards are listed as Microsoft branded.

Worse than the above, the same is undoubtedly going to be true of video out ports on display or TV cards, e.g. an S-Video output. This new regimen of restrictions may force persons with TV-tuner cards (like Hauppage) to re-spend if they cannot continue to run XP. Very soon there will be no legal way to do that-- and won't everyone want to keep an XP machine or boot partition to run old stuff? Forever?

There oughta be a law.

Get mah pitchfork! (1)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 5 years ago | (#26874221)

Adobe really out-did themselves with activation restrictions in CS4, the smaller suite programs will not run until you have already activated the suite using one of the mainstream programs (I used photoshop.) CS4 also takes some rather annoying steps if it thinks the activation process has been botched, uninstalling will not remove the problem so you're forced to do a restore point before installation to be safe. Nonetheless, Adobe and Microsoft are separate companies and the mentioned problems have nothing to do with Windows 7.

Microsoft introduced a new "Trusted Installer" access control user which by default takes full control on the Program Files and Windows folder. Before vista, these folders were "owned" by the Administrators group. While the whole concept of trusting an application installation more than an Administrator is troubling it is necessary to avoid problems with the new UAC features, something else which has been around since Vista. These problems can easily be remedied by changing the "creator/owner" group to Administrators instead of trustedinstaller. NTFS-3g can be handy for avoiding problems with files that would be in use, but in most cases safe-mode will allow the proper deletions and where it won't you can always use the recycle bin(moving operations are generally allowed, even if a file is currently loaded in memory.)

These problems could have been documented better, but they certainly aren't intentional or as show-stopping as the summary suggests.

Wow!!! (1)

Dragonmana117 (1263862) | more than 5 years ago | (#26881181)

I thought that not owning the operating system was bad (see windows xp user agreement), especially after paying such an outrages sum as Microsoft wants. I was beginning to think that windows 7 might be an improvement on vista (cough... lol we can hope right?) then they turn the gui over to the office 07 idiots, decide to limit windows 7 basic to only having 3 windows open, and then decide to become big brother... so what flavor of linux are you serving? Ubuntoo anyone, or my favorite dream linux? I hope Microsoft burns for this, and for vista, and ME... Microsoft should just burn!!!!!
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