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That was quick: Windows 8 Store app protection already hacked, turns the trials permanent

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That was quick: Windows 8 Store app protection already hacked, turns the trials permanent
Microsoft unified the avenues to install programs for Windows under the Windows 8 Store, where apps with the new Modern UI interface sit next to older popular programs placeholders which take you to the developer's site for download.

The slick new apps written specifically for Windows 8 are not that many in comparison with what we have for iOS or Android, but Microsoft promised to hit the 100,000 apps milestone within just three months of launch, or around February, and, knowing Redmond's capacity, they might as well do.

One reason for a dedicated Windows 8 Store for apps, besides the fact that everyone else is doing it, was to avoid cracks and hacks, which are so widespread amongst legacy Windows programs, stealing the bread from developers.

That was quick: Windows 8 Store app protection already hacked, turns the trials permanent
Well, that intention just flew out of the window, pun intended, as the Win 8 Store has been fully hacked, and apps there can be installed for free with the click of a button. 

The Wsservice_crk hack turns the trial version, which all apps are obliged to offer, into a full-fledged cracked app that can stay on your computer indefinitely, which is certain to raise some eyebrows for devs. The crack also offers some additional features like packaging apps for sideloading, without Redmond signing off on them.

We've no doubt that Microsoft will plug that hole, but what about the one after that, and the others that might be coming - different day, same hacks. Windows RT, however, is spared for now, the hack is only for Intel-based systems.

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posted on 27 Nov 2012, 03:30 7

1. PAPINYC (Posts: 2278; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yeah Microsoft!! Bring on the hacks!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 03:31 7

2. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


This security failure is, dare I say it--priceless.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 03:33 3

3. jove39 (Posts: 1279; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Windows and Hackers go side by side...and who doesn't like free games :)

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 03:59 4

4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Where's the BALM(er) for relieving the pain of WINDOWS being so secure :)

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 05:01

6. dickwyn (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 May 2012)


dont think this as a bad way, at least now we have some ways to get paid apps become free

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 04:18 7

5. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


phonearena.com/news/Ballmer-Android-is-wild-uncont​rolled-and-malware-prone-Apple-is-overpriced_id366​50

Android is wild, uncontrolled and malware prone; Apple is overpriced

Steve Ballmer

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 05:55 4

9. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 374; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Looks like MS knows how to do both :)

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:08

12. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Are you saying he's wrong? In all fairness, he isn't. Not saying Windows is invulernable (and I know of no system that is), but his statements aren't incorrect.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:51

13. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Well said mate! The only thing left is for both of these things to shift to Apple lol :)

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 05:28

7. twens (Posts: 614; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Guys how do we download this crack? Its the best news i have heard since morning.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 05:31 2

8. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Ican't wait what balmer say about this hack

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 07:02 1

10. xtroid2k (Posts: 362; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I don't know why this is such a surprise. Hackers have been circumventing ms products for years. I suspect w8 are no different.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 07:12 1

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4725; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is why CEO's need to stop talking trash about their competition.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:53 1

14. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Thats messed up, thats actually a good feature of windows 8. You get to try an app before you buy it; I wish android had this feature, then I would probably buy more apps.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 16:56 2

15. neo302 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Every OS, every app, can be hacked

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 18:20

16. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol so true!!! love these hacking thing! and atleast it will be good for those people who cant afford the paid app!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 13:05

17. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


You cant afford a dollar app that you really like.

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