NOTE To ALL MEMBERS
: Earlier this year, some of the rules changed
regarding the legalities involved in using certain repair/diagnostic tools which could be linked to Microsoft.
Hiren's and the .iso downloads of the XP Recovery Consoles were the primary tools affected, but included were tools such as OTLPE.
Some of you may have noticed that these tools were formerly freely available on the Web...and have now been removed from many (if not all) of the websites which formerly made these tools available. This removal took place for the same reasons that we have changed our website policy regarding these items.Because these tools are ready-made WinPE environments that contain copyrighted files, Microsoft interprets the use these types of ready-made images/tools...as violations of the XP EULA
The recommendation of these tools, by forum members/staff...even though we are not hosting them...could cause us to have secondary liability for copyright infringement. I'm sure that none of us want that.
That being the case, the forum policy is that the recommendation of tools such as Hiren's Boot CD, the .iso download of the Recovery Console, and OTLPE...is not to be done by any member of the forums here at Bleeping Computer. Please refrain from recommending such as a solution to any member posting a computer situation and seeking assistance here at Bleeping Computer.
We understand that such has been done with good intent...but good intent cannot overturn/undermine an existing BC policy.
Thank you for understanding