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Questions about Vista and DRM

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by jvnderwe, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. jvnderwe

    jvnderwe Thread Starter

    Jun 9, 2004
    Hi guys, I'm going to be building a new system with Vista sometime this year and I'm just in the process of doing some research on this new version of Windows. So, I was just wondering if any of you could explain the details of DRM in Windows Vista. I've heard a number of people complaining about this but I've haven't been able to find a clear (that is, not overly technical) explanation on exactly what it will entail. So, I've thought of a few questions that I'll list below, any answers you can give will be greatly appreciated.

    I've read many times over that DRM will place restrictions on HD media like Blu-ray, and HD-DVDs such that you may need a new monitor to view them in full HD quality, but do the DRM restrictions extend beyond this?
    Does DRM only apply to Blu-ray and HD-DVDs or does it affect regular DVDs as well?
    If I download a HD video clip to my computer (as I occassionally do from Fileshack for example) will Vista automatically reduce the quality of this?
    What, if any, difference will there be for me if my monitor has a VGA connection as opposed to DVI?
    Will DRM place restrictions on other media? For example, will I still be able to make copies of my various CDs/DVDs? Will I still be able to rip music from my CDs into mp3 format so I can listen to them on my computer or mp3 player?
    Will DRM affect any online content, place any restrictions on gaming, or anything else you can think of?

  2. cliffg


    Jan 26, 2007
    I can't answer all those question (hope someone will)

    I have some 1080 HD movie trailers from the quicktime site, and they play just fine - no obvious degragation of quality that i can see.

    I have an Acer AL1916W widescreen monitor that unfortunately only has VGA input, and my Grfx card is DVI output, but I have a small adapter that I connect to the back of the video card that changes from DVI to VGA. No problems there.

    Yes, you can burn cd/dvd, not seen issues with that myself yet.
    I have Itunes, and can 'import' a music cd without problems (having it convert to mp3 format)

    Hope that helps some.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
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