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    Write Filters (EWF, FBWF) legality on Windows desktop versions

    This is my first post here.
    In this forum I read several threads about write filters and their installation on not-embedded Windows versions (XP and 7 Home/Pro).
    My question is not technical, but only about legal matters: is it legal to extract write filter program files (dll, sys, exe...) from embedded versions and apply them to desktop versions?
    And is it free to redistribute them to users (even after the acceptance of the EULA from Microsoft)?
    Thank you!

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    Welcome to the forum! I think that question should be asked to Micro$oft. But I also think it would depend on the dll,exe,sys. If you are just replacing something with a different version I would think that would be ok, as for distribution of said modified version of windows I think that would be against the end user agreement. You might be better off say making your own dll,exe,sys files even if they are very close to the original files, at least they would be your modified versions. I am no programmer and may be way off in my reply. Good luck SNO

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    Another point is that embedded devices normally are ARM based so their windows code is NOT compatible with desktops unless you know your embedded device is an Atom or similar x86 compatible computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNOtwistR View Post
    ... as for distribution of said modified version of windows I think that would be against the end user agreement.
    Thank you, but I don't need to distribute a modified version of those files, just the original ones.
    For example, I mean I could leave them available for download, on a personal website, specifying they're property of Microsoft (copyrighted).

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