Windows Longhorn Reloaded was a project that several individuals worked on in hopes of bringing Longhorn back to life. It was less than a month ago that the Longhorn Reloaded project released their first milestone, and Microsoft finally sent them the cease and desist letter after more than 60,000 downloads.
I’m not sure how anyone expected this to go over well in the first place? They were using a version of Windows that Microsoft never made publicly available, and they were telling people to install it with a serial number that they posted on the site. There is no doubt that it was fun while it lasted, but the consequences were inevitable.
The announcement came today on the JoeJoe forum where they expressed their frustration with the situation:
It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cease and desist letter we recived from microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to longhorn reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although microsoft have known about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server.
From now on any links posted or any requests asking for a download link to LHR the post will be deleted and the thread closed.
The Longhorn Reloaded site still remains fully available with the exception of the download link, and now questions have arisen as to whether this project will continue in another form. Will the developers create the updates as a standalone package so that users just have to download Longhorn 4074 (illegally via a Torrent) and run an installer? In the JoeJoe forum AlphaAddict, a coder on the Longhorn Reloaded project, said that it wouldn’t be possible:
Im afraid that wont be possible either , weve ditched the old iso completly and are close to an 8 minute install time like those found in previous builds.
Of course that came right before Microsoft forced them to shutdown the project, so I’m sure they will be researching other ways to keep the project alive and kicking.