Windows Phone 7 has a Genuine Software Checker, impeding custom ROMs

Windows Phone 7 has a Genuine Software Checker, impeding custom ROMs
Google may have spoiled us with their open Android OS, and the ease with which users can load custom ROMs to their devices. Microsoft is giving us a reality check by beefing up the security measures on their Windows Phone 7 OS. Rumor has it that Microsoft is using privacy keys (PVK) to tie the OS to its intended hardware.

The PVK works by checking the device's motherboard for the keys meant to correspond to the OS build. If the two don't match, it will seriously limit the device's capabilities. Specifically, you won't be able to use Zune, Xbox, the Marketplace, or any other cloud service. This will be a serious deterrent to developers building custom ROMs for their WP7 devices.

Before you get too mad, know that Microsoft doesn't build these privacy keys to hamper your customization. They are primarily meant to prevent piracy. Then again, in typical Microsoft fashion, they are probably happy to tighten the reins on their products.

These security measures will present a challenge to developers, but that might not be a bad thing. Isn't the challenge part of the fun? Consider the T-Mobile G2, that was initially deemed 'unrootable.' With a little elbow grease, the G2 is now officially rooted, and the development community can post a point in their win column. Good luck, WP7 developers!

source: WPCentral



1. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

I will never understand the need for M$ to lock down their devices so tight, They don't see that the easier it is for "tech-ies" to hack -or customize the OS, the more people will buy handsets that use said OS. I keep hearing the reason they lock them down is to "ensure a satisfying experience" But People are not all the same. People are more satisfied when they can get what they want out of their device. Customization is the biggest seller of Android. And guess what? If you don't like your customized OS, you can simply make a new one with the correction you desire. Hey, M$, You know all those years I owned your WM2000-2006 handsets? The one thing I wished I could do more than anything was customize my OS to stop that dreaded memory leak! But I couldn't so I went to an Android device that 1) does a MUCH better job of memory management in the first place, and b) allows me to install apps to make my handset better for me or remove apps I deem are non-essential or memory hogs.

2. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

On second thought, M$, Why don't you just go ahead and take your Promising new OS that was doing WAAAAAAAAAAYYY better than expected and shoot it in the proverbial foot, or save us the agony of wondering when it will die and tie a nice smooth stone around all the WP7 devices in the world and toss them in the great Abyss in the bottom of the ocean?

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