March 19, 2011

DRM: "Software Defender"

Am I willing to install "Software Defender" on my computer?

That's required in order to play Cosplay Fetish Academy. But there have been so many horror stories about DRM packages totally fucking up computers that I'm a bit leery. Anyone know anything about this one?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 07:02 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 I might do it, inside a VM.

Posted by: RickC at March 19, 2011 07:47 PM (VKVOz)

2 I have a physical victim machine for it. Not handy with VMs when Windows is involved.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 19, 2011 07:59 PM (9KseV)

3 Pete, have you used this particular DRM package? Or are you speaking generically?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 19, 2011 08:12 PM (+rSRq)

4 Sorry for the noise. I do not know anything about Software Defender specifically.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 19, 2011 08:52 PM (9KseV)

5

I wonder whether I could do this with a VM? I'd have to upgrade to Win 7 Pro, though. Way I understood it, there's a VM package that comes with Win 7 Pro, isn't there? Or Win 7 Ultimate, maybe? I heard that it was one of the features included in the more expensive versions. Anyone know about that?

Time to hit the Microsoft site and see if I can figure that out.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 19, 2011 10:01 PM (+rSRq)

6 OK, it's called "Windows Virtual PC" and you do need Win 7 Pro.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 19, 2011 10:04 PM (+rSRq)

7

Actually, Virtual PC doesn't need Win7 Pro, I think--but it doesn't come with the client XP image, so you'd need an extra XP license floatign around you weren't already using.  Windows XP Mode is what you're thinking of, which does require Pro.

The interesting thing about XP Mode (in addition to the fact that there's a free license for XP) is that when you install an app inside the VM, you can run it and have it appear on your Win7 desktop, which,. AFAIK, you can't do with regular Virtual PC.  I use XP Mode at work for a couple of 16-bit apps that won't run under 64-bit Windows.

Actually, now I'm not sure about the requirement, because if you go to the download page, it lists Win7 Home Premium as an available OS.

Posted by: RickC at March 19, 2011 10:46 PM (VKVOz)

8 Ok, this is fairly stupid. XP Mode will download and install on Home Premium, and then when you try to run it, it will tell you you are not allowed to run it on Home Prem. That's pretty stupid. Like I said, Virtual PC (without XP Mode) will work on Home Prem, but then you have to install XP yourself in the virtual machine, so you need a license. Since you've mentioned you already bought Pro on another thread, using it and XP Mode (if you're going to play with virtual machines) is a better idea anyway.

Posted by: RickC at March 20, 2011 03:27 PM (VKVOz)

9

Obviously there's no technical reason for such a restriction. They're doing it for product differentiation reasons -- so that you have to pay more to get more.

I don't really see anything wrong with that, myself.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 20, 2011 03:53 PM (+rSRq)

10 Some product differentiation is crazy (like Intel's recent efforts), but XP Mode is quite legitimately a "pro" feature - it's designed specifically for running legacy apps that haven't migrated past XP, so that Microsoft can sell Windows 7 into the enterprise market.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 21, 2011 12:25 AM (PiXy!)

11 I am not complaining about them limiting it to Pro and up. I am complaining about them letting you download and install it on a version of Windows on which it will then not run. That's not very nice.

Posted by: RickC at March 21, 2011 10:01 AM (OtZl8)

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