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#1 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:34 AM

Unexpected :dubbio: :
http://neosmart.net/...ted-reinstated/

Three months ago, we were contacted by the legal department at Microsoft Corporation asking us to discontinue hosting these files. Until this point, we were not aware that Microsoft was displeased with our hosting of the CDs and in fact enjoyed a rather healthy relationship with the Microsoft support forums where victims of PC crashes would be directed to our site to download a copy of the repair CDs.



The bad news is that there will now be a nine dollar download charge for each CD. There was no way for us to avoid charging this, as we now pay a licensing fee to Microsoft in exchange for making these CDs available, and also pay per download to outsource the high-speed web hosting for these large CD images (150 to 200 MiB, each) to an outside service.


A rare case where my crystal ball worked allright. :whistling:
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=20993
http://www.911cd.net...opic=20993&st=5

Heck, three years earlier than "internet Investigators" :w00t: ;).
http://reboot.pro/2960/
BTW the original autopatcher takedown notice can be read through the Wayback Machine:
http://web.archive.o...takedown-notice


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Wonko
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#2 Nuno Brito

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:50 AM

What goes around, comes around. The EULA is clear.

#3 sambul61

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:10 PM

Using Grub4DOS with Win install ISO was working well for me so far. Not that it's being used often, but Repair Install was needed when updating Win7 to SP1 due to a sound number of missing Manifests. Probably a tribute to using various cleaners. Though I was always curious about value of these Recovery CDs, never had a need to actually download one. :)

Can't say the same about EasyBCD - its being used daily for years on multiple systems. :good:

#4 mr_nice_2k@yahoo.com

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:24 PM

So maybe the download offers here might be a good alternative source for Windows 7 and Vista disks:

http://www.heidoc.ne...ience/microsoft

As the files are hosted by Digital River they're legitimate. Let's just hope they don't vanish.

#5 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:39 PM

So maybe the download offers here might be a good alternative source for Windows 7 and Vista disks:


Just for the record the guys at Neosmart NEVER made the distribution disks available, they made the Recovery disk (WinpE) available INSTEAD.

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