There have already been dozens of Windows Vista releases but this is said to be the first one which requires no hard work from the pirate. No keys need to be entered, no cracks need to be used and no BIOS versions need to be emulated with this version.
We presume that the hackers have managed to replace the Vista image on the DVD, with the pre-cracked version. Microsoft moved to an image-based install with Microsoft Vista, as opposed to the usual convoluted set up process.
Several readers have reported it working perfectly.
It's taken a few months since the launch of Windows Vista, but the product now seems to be successfully cracked, and even simpler to install than previous leaked copies of WindowsXP - which always required a serial.