Vista DRM: Nobody Likes It

Aron Schatz
November 16, 2006

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Call it whatever you want, nobody likes DRM. Vista will be tightly locked down to the point where you don't have control of what you purchased. I think that this will be Microsoft's fall... at least one final driving nail.


Vista's DRM technologies fall into several distinct categories, all of which are either completely new to the operating system or represent a significant change from the technology found in previous versions of Windows. The Intel-developed Trusted Platform Module (TPM) makes DRM harder to circumvent by extending it beyond the operating system and into the PC's hardware components. TPM is used with Vista's BitLocker full-drive encryption technology to protect a PC's data against security breaches. A TPM microchip embedded on the PC's motherboard stores unique system identifiers along with the BitLocker decryption keys. If a system is tampered with -- for example, if the hard drive is removed and placed in a different machine -- TPM detects the tampering and prevents the drive from being unencrypted.


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