Microsoft Pulls Win7 Download Option

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Microsoft has pulled its Windows 7 download tool from the Microsoft online shop due to legal issues with the software.

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It’s ironic to see Microsoft in trouble because of copyright infringement so soon after the launch of Windows 7, which it has said aims to decrease the number of pirated copies of Windows in circulation. Word comes from Rafael Rivera’s Within Windows blog that there seemed to be seriously amiss with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Download Tool. Rivera said of the download tool,

“While poking through the UDF-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool. A simple search of some method names and properties, gleaned from Reflector’s output, revealed the source code was obviously lifted from the CodePles-hosted (yikes) GPLv2-licensed ImageMaster project. (The author of the code was not contacted by Microsoft.)”

So, that puts Microsoft in a very sticky position indeed. Moreover, while we’d imagine there’s no way to say it legally, the fact that the company has since pulled the Windows 7 download tool from its online shop would seem to lend some credence to Rivera’s claims that the tool appeared to be made up of other people’s code.

The saddest part about the whole affair is that it leaves those users on devices like netbooks or even just ultra-thin laptops (which tend not to boast optical drives) kind of stranded, left high and dry without an upgrade path to Windows 7.

If you don’t have an optical drive and want to upgrade to Windows 7 then you’d have to pirate it… which normally Microsoft says is wrong, but now…

Check out Rafael Rivera’s full blog post on the subject for a little more detail on just how Microsoft is allegedly breaking the law.

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