Windows: Remixed

Written by Jason Cundall

August 23, 2005 | 13:13

Tags: #piratebay #windows #xp

Companies: #microsoft

Tired of windows XP taking so long to install? Would like to get rid of the bloat, and gain some useful extra features? You would? Then windows remixes could be for you - If you can trust those extras, that is:

Remixed versions of Windows abound on file-sharing networks, supercharged with the latest security patches, tools and applications.

Pirated copies of Microsoft's operating system have existed as long as chintzy PC owners themselves. But now pirates are doing more than just cracking Windows -- they claim to be improving it.

There's a lot of extra space on a standard Windows XP CD, especially if the downloadable disc images (the standard format for distributing pirated operating systems) are designed to be burned to DVD. That leaves room to add a whole library of complementary software -- even multiple versions of Windows.

The Super WinPE Ultimate Boot CD 2004 Pro, readily available on file-sharing networks like BitTorrent, offers seven different versions of Windows XP on a single DVD.

In addition to two Chinese variants of Windows, the Super WinPE disc includes dozens of boot-time utilities for troubleshooting system snafus. One is an experimental "pre-installation environment" that uses a "mini-Windows XP" for system scanning and file recovery, similar to the popular Knoppix LiveCD version of Linux.

More from Wired here.

A noble attempt to make the world's favourite monop... OS better, or cover for sinister payloads of malware? With everything that's out and out illegal (for this is, without a shadow of a doubt) on the P2P networks these days, it's a case of caveat downloader.

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