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Hiren's not allowed?


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#1 xXAlphaXx

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:11 AM

I was looking around a few threads and noticed this:

"Please be aware of the following:
Hiren's Boot CD is deemed by BleepingComputer.com management to be illegal due to copyright infringements (illegally distributed Microsoft files as well as a few questionable/illegal applications). Recommendation to use it or instruction on its use is not allowed on the BC forums. "

Is this due to a legal case I'm not aware of? Isn't Hiren's a freeware package that anyone can get?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:19 AM

Here is Grinler's explanation of why it's not allowed.

Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE/BartPE discs is not allowed

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:45 AM

I'm not too familiar with what WinPE, or BartPE is exactly, but I assume Hiren's falls into one of these categories?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:48 AM

Yes it does.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:28 PM

Is this due to a legal case I'm not aware of? Isn't Hiren's a freeware package that anyone can get?

Hiren boots up a mini-version of Windows XP; this so-called PE version (Preinstallation Environment) uses copy-right protected Microsoft files to load the mini-XP environment.
Whats more, Hiren's also contains some questionable/illegally distributed applications.

A PE disk is only legal if its created using a so-called PE builder. The builder does not provide you with the copyright-protected files, but rather copies them from your XP installation disk and incorporates them in the PE build, in which case the disk is legal. For example BartPE and UBCD4Win offer a PE builder.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:38 PM

Ahhh okay, that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification! :)


(Perhaps I should let my old computer shop know that, shame on them. :P)
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