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U.S. Army Base Runs Unlicensed Windows 7 Computers

A few weeks ago the U.S. Government paid a $50 million settlement for pirating military logistics software, which was used to  protect soldiers and shipments in critical missions. Following this news, a soldier stationed in Qatar told TorrentFreak that several computers at his base run unlicensed copies of Windows 7, which he backs up with photo evidence.  “I feel the army should be kept honest and accountable for what they do,” the soldier says.

microsoft-pirateThe United States is known for its aggressive stance when it comes to copyright infringements.

It therefore came as quite a surprise that the U.S. military had been using unlicensed logistics software for years, a case the Obama administration settled for $50 million last month.

However, a signal soldier serving in Qatar informs TorrentFreak that this incident may not be as unique as it sounds. According to the soldier, who we will name Mark, the soldiers’ education center at his base has 18 computers which all run unlicensed copies of Windows 7.

“All of the computers in this computer lab show that the operating system is not a genuine copy,” Mark says.

The picture below shows several of the computers in the education center of Camp As Sayliyah. The facility is open to all active and reserve military personnel as well as DOD civilians.



The computers have been running in this state for quite a while according to the soldier, and he is unaware of any attempts to properly license the software.



The picture below again shows a Windows 7 copy that hasn’t been activated. The product-ID displayed is a generic OEM one, which is often used on Dell machines.



The desktop of the machines also shows a clear reminder that the Windows copy is not genuine. In addition, users also get the occasional popup warning that they “may be a victim of software counterfeiting.”



Mark informs us that this is the first time he has seen a military base openly run unlicensed Windows systems. He brought up the issue with his direct superiors a few weeks ago, but that hasn’t changed anything.

“I am not anti-government in any way, but I have been in the army a long time and I feel the army should be kept honest and accountable for what they do, especially when it is so public and a hot button issue in these times,” Mark told us.

From the information we received it is unclear why the computers are not licensed. Perhaps the legitimate keys were lost, perhaps there are no valid keys available, or maybe the Army has fallen victim to the consumer unfriendliness of DRM.

What we do know is that the Department of Defense has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft. Earlier this year both parties signed a $617 million licensing deal to bring Windows 8 to the Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency.

Considering this new deal, Microsoft will probably forgive the U.S. for running a few computers without a license.

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Posted by plates55 - December 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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Running Windows 7? Download IE11 now

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is now available worldwide in 95 languages for you to download today. Microsoft will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting Thursday with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews.

With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support — with improved performance, security, privacy and reliability that Windows 8.1 consumers enjoy — to Windows 7 customers.

With IE11 Microsoft continues to deliver the best performance for real-world websites on your Windows device. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board, with faster page loading, faster interactivity and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs.

You can experience IE11’s leading performance first hand with demos on the IE Test Drive site, where you’ll find examples of hardware accelerated rendering, interactivity, touch and real-world site patterns.

IE11 also advances JavaScript performance. On Windows 7, IE11 is 9 percent faster than IE10, which is nearly 30 percent faster than the nearest competitive browser.

For developers, IE11 brings increased support for modern Web standards powered by hardware acceleration to enable a new class of applications and fast and fluid browsing. IE11 adds support for over 25 new or improved modern Web standards beyond IE10.

For more on the improvements with IE11, head on over to the blog post.

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Steve Clarke Microsoft News Center Staff

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Posted by plates55 - November 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

  • Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
  • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
  • Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.



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Posted by plates55 - August 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

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Less than a year remaining until XP End of Support

Yesterday marked the day of the 1-year count down of when Microsoft softs supporting Windows XP.

In this blog post Stephen Rose provides some answers to help explain what the end of support is and what you need to do to move to a modern OS like Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014. Why?

In 2002, Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. Per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products – including Windows and Office products – receive a minimum of 10 years of support (five years Mainstream Support and five years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level. Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late.

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Posted by plates55 - May 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

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Windows Upgrade Offer Registration Now Available

If you purchase or have purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 (U.S.) which will be redeemable when Windows 8 is generally available on October 26th. If you’re still looking for a PC, check out some of our great Windows 7 PCs. Once you’ve purchased your PC you can come back and register for the offer.

Registration for the Windows Upgrade Offer is only for those who buy an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31st, 2013.

Here is what you need to do to register for your $14.99 (U.S.) upgrade to Windows 8 Pro:

After buying your PC, go to the Windows Upgrade Offer website to register. It will ask you to select your country (details for the offer vary depending on country). You will then be asked to register with your personal details as well as information about your Windows 7 PC purchase – including date of purchase, retailer, and PC brand and model. You should also have your 25-digit Windows 7 product key that came with the PC handy as you may be required to enter this as part of the registration.


Then starting on October 26th, we will start sending out promo codes via email with purchase instructions. You will be directed to where you will go through the online upgrade process with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant (shown above) as I have highlighted here in this blog post. Once you get to the purchase screen in the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, it will show the $39.99 upgrade price. However, on the order confirmation page you’ll have a chance to enter your promo code – that price will change to $14.99. Once you make your purchase, your download and upgrade installation begins!

You will have until February 28, 2013 to register for the offer to get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

If you experience any issues or have questions – you can click the contact support link at the top of the Windows Upgrade Offer website.

Did you already buy an awesome Windows 7 PC prior to June 2nd (or have a Windows 7 PC not eligible for the offer)? Not to worry! Starting on October 26th, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99!

Both the Windows Upgrade Offer and $39.99 upgrade promotion is available in 140 countries worldwide, with 37 supported languages, and 23 supported currencies (we’ve added 9 additional countries over the original 131!).

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Posted by plates55 - September 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

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Is The Laptop Dead? Yup

2012 is thought to be the year of the Ultrabook, but though these slim machines may prove successful they can’t disguise one odd fact: The laptop is a dead design. When will it actually pass away and leave room for a future device?


Intel has been pushing a reference design on Eastern manufacturers for months now, and the pressure is finally paying off. Maker after maker has revealed its own take on what’s dubbed the Ultrabook. Consumers may be pleased by the focus on high design, Intel will be pleased it has a new vehicle for its processors, and manufacturers will be pleased they have a seemingly new toy to promote and sell for profit. The Wall Street Journal has even written a piece on them: “For PCs, Hope in a Slim Profile,” and they’re predicted to be everywhere at CES 2012. The thing is the Ultrabook isn’t new, nor is it revolutionary. It’s proof that the laptop is now an evolutionary dead end in computer history.

A lightweight PC with long battery life, petite format, and full-featured PC functionality … that’s a rough description of an Ultrabook. Remember this, we’ll come back to it. But in essence the Ultrabook is a MacBook Air, only slightly more typically PC-like, and sporting some flavor of Microsoft Windows 7 aboard it as its OS. In the Mac versus PC war, this is perhaps the most complete example of a Mac design being cloned into a PC design paradigm–so much so that some Ultrabooks to be released are sure to attract the attention of Apple’s IP lawyers, so similar are they in shape, format, arrangement of ports and sockets, and color.

Apple’s innovation was to build an all-metal chassis (which actually permits the shape to be slimmer due to its monocoque structure) around a full-powered computer that lacks an optical drive and eschews a hard drive in favor of solid state drives that are faster and more power-friendly at the expense of large capacity, and favors only a few output ports. It’s a Jon Ive special, one might say–the Air is a laptop boiled down to its simplest essence, just a keyboard, screen, trackpad, and a few ports. The Air has become one of Apple’s fastest-selling machines, with users loving its almost instant-on speed, light but strong body, and pure, attractive design.

That’s what Intel is chasing, of course. The Ultrabook plan has hit a few flaws, with many early headlines suggesting makers were having difficulties meeting the Air’s $999 price point thanks to the raw cost of components and later headlines noting makers had to switch to alternative cheaper materials and forcing Intel to drop prices. But it looks like Intel’s effort will work out, and more and more ultrabooks will probably arrive in 2012. With Apple rumored to be leading the charge, bringing the Air format to a 15-inch laptop, the Ultrabook format will probably sway the design of the majority of laptops produced from 2012 onward. They will sell because they do offer significant benefits to users.

But remember that description of the Ultrabook? Almost to a word it fits an earlier laptop reinvention–the netbook. These cheap half-powered machines were incredibly popular a handful of years ago when the economic outlook was dim, and compared to the weighty “full” laptop, they seemed to offer a new degree of portability and extended battery life that promised new experiences to users.

They sold by the millions, but then the star faded: The economy picked up, users realized they weren’t fully capable machines that could in all circumstances substitute for the full-feature laptop of which they were a pale echo, and though the netbook is still on sale it’s now merely another type of computer on sale.

We are drawing the comparison between the two here–the Ultrabook is perhaps a more considered, full-featured version of the netbook.

But Apple’s Air is the touchstone for what may be a laptop design evolution, but it’s not a revolution in the same way the iPhone was to the smartphone business. The Air and the Ultrabook are merely the calm, polished peak of laptop design. There’s nothing extra, there’s nothing superfluous, they offer powerful processing, speedy responses, and longer battery life than you may have expected from their tote-friendly mass. But they still need laptop staples: a keyboard, a webcam, ports, wireless powers, a quality screen, and a pointing device–in Apple’s case the simplest most innovative implementation of the trackpad, in giant size.

There’s nowhere to go from here. How may one improve the Air into the Air II? It’s about as simple an edition of the laptop format–which Apple, to some extent, invented, that’s possible. By definition, the Ultrabook is the same. You may add features like a touchscreen or perhaps 3-D, a built-in pico-projector, or some other tricks, but that would be gilding the lily, and the essential format is the same. And it works–we’re all used to portable computing, and to using a keyboard and trackpad to control a windows/icons/mice/pointers user interface such as OS X or Windows 7.

And yes, if it ain’t broke … don’t fix it.

But it means the laptop is dead. There’s literally no place left to take it, innovatively. Makers will churn them out for several years yet, but they’ll be rewarmed editions of what we see in 2012. And when this sort of evolutionarly cul de sac is reached, it means one thing: Massive scope for an innovative new product to revolutionize portable computing for the consumer around the world. Shrewd industry observers will suggest the tablet PC is perfectly poised to slot into this niche: It has a totally new user experience, it lets consumers relate to computers in a wholly new and more intimate way, it offers new interactions that aren’t possible with the unweildy hinged format of a laptop–such as motion controlled gaming–and it’s a true go-anywhere device. If it evolves a little more past its current perceived “lightweight” computing uses, it’ll be an even stronger contender.

We’re not saying laptops are going to disappear momentarily. They’re still selling incredibly well, and they will do for some time. But the Utrabook isn’t the silver bullet to securing their future–they’re instead almost like a well-polished, perfectly refined full stop at the end of the design description of the device. Something better will soon hove into view, and we’ll love using it. That’s why the portable computing game is so hot, why there’s so much scope for innovation and that’s why the immediate future is so exciting.

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Posted by plates55 - January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

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