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No one seems to have mentioned the impact this will have on Live systems. I'm frequently called on by Windows users to recover lost data on corrupted systems, which I do using a Live Linux distribution (especially when they have discarded their installation media & access keys, and have no interest in investing money in continuing using Windows if I can give them a free alternative to getting online). How will I be able to do that for people with Windows 8 computers?

I'm sure I'll be able to find unsigned hardware for my personal use, but it's the interoperability that concerns me.

To repair a Windows 8 system, you boot a live Windows 8 PE USB drive.

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