AutoPatcher receives a takedown notice.
Posted 30 August 2007 - 04:34 PM
I for one used this frequently both at work and at home. It was also a valuable asset for when I had to travel to a friend's house and fix their computers.
I know that jcarle's Windows Update Downloader is available, though AutoPatcher was a great automation tool to make the updating process simple and efficient. The biggest issue I could ever see with it was that it had WGA as an optional component (not the WGA Notifications component) which could allow for people pirating the Windows software to circumvent WGA and update their machines.
Update: After talking with a member of the Microsoft staff, we now know why the project received the takedown notice. It can be viewed here: Link Down - can be replaced upon request.
Update 2: Someone submitted the story onto Digg, so feel free to Digg It!
Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:48 PM
EULA that forbids redistribution sucks.
Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:52 PM
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It makes it pretty obvious why they got taken down. I wonder if they will get into further trouble since they were selling CDs/DVDs with AutoPatcher on them.
Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:53 PM
autopatcher was taking a ~3 hour process down to about 35 minutes. (from clean install of SP2).
I'm shocked as well that Microsoft allowed autopatcher for this long... but as Tarun mentioned, with the sale of the CD's with Microsoft property on them they would be taken down sooner or later in my opinion.
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