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A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 22 Dec 2006 19:42:36 -0500

A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Peter Gutmann,
Last updated 22 December 2006

Executive Summary

Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in
order to provide content protection for so-called "premium content",
typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this
protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance,
system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and
software cost. These issues affect not only users of Vista but the
entire PC industry, since the effects of the protection measures
extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever come into
contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This
document analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and
the collateral damage that this incurs throughout the computer

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