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

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.

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.




Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yeah Microsoft!! Bring on the hacks!!!

2. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

3. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

5. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012​rolled-and-malware-prone-Apple-is-overpriced_id366​50 Android is wild, uncontrolled and malware prone; Apple is overpriced Steve Ballmer

9. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Looks like MS knows how to do both :)

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

7. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

8. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Ican't wait what balmer say about this hack

10. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

14. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 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.

15. neo302

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Every OS, every app, can be hacked

16. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

17. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

You cant afford a dollar app that you really like.

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