| Wednesday May 25th 2016

Windows 7 DRM begins to surface

Windows 7 allows application developers to write DRM that bypasses your firewall, refuses to let you modify or disable DLLs, and to block you from mixing your audio inputs (to prevent you from recapturing DRM’ed music, presumably).

That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise, but what was a surprise: xkcd Windows 7Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to insert themselves stealthily into your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS allows large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that permission is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified DLL. And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to ‘allow everyone’ was disabled!Re — media: Under XP you could select ‘Stereo Mix’ or similar under audio recording inputs and nicely capture any program then playing. No longer


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One Response to “Windows 7 DRM begins to surface”

  1. blarman says:

    cool. good job for developers standing up for themselves.

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