Microsoft has released an “out-of-band” patch to address a critical vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer on all flavours of currently supported Windows operating systems. Microsoft has kept quiet about Windows 10’s install rate since revealing it surpassed 14 million within 24 hours after its launch last month.
This isn’t entirely new to Microsoft, they have always maintained the right to brick your Xbox 360 or Xbox One for modifications or pirated games.
This big change to Windows where it can delete your pirated games had not been noticed by anyone for quite some while. Which doesn’t explain exactly what Microsoft would consider “unauthorized”. People even run pirated copies of operating system itself. And this latest move my Microsoft foment trouble for those who have been relishing the fruits of piracy.
Microsoft has revealed that the ageing software could be vulnerable to hackers installing malware onto unsuspecting machines. Well, there’s no clarity on that.
While it is clear that the EULA’s terminology of “counterfeit games” refers to hacked, or pirated video games, the definition of “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices” is not specifically defined.
The new clause is found under section 7b, “Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to These Terms”.
However, PC Authority argue that indie developers may find the new measures an attractive work around that prevents their work from being stolen.
Microsoft is also testing out memory improvements to Windows 10 that allows reducing the amount of memory used per process allowing Windows 10 to keep more applications in physical memory at a time.
If you spot any other problems once you get hands-on, then list them below in the comments with as much detail as possible.