Thank goodness for virtual machines. Windows XP to the rescue… again.
Although this time I think Microsoft has done the right thing (albeit 16 years too late).
They should have stayed true to the ethos of Windows NT. Had they done so, malware like this (and that is indeed what these copy protection & DRM systems are - corporate malware) would never have been permitted to burrow into the heart of the operating system. (It was shocking what you could find just by browsing Device Manager with show hidden items selected.)
Instead, it pandered to the interests of lazy games companies who couldn’t be bothered to learn how write decent quality code, but wanted to minimise the workload of their support department.
There was never a good reason why games had to be run with administrator privileges. (Ever wondered why Windows gave all user accounts Administrator privileges by default?) It was just that the developers had never learned how to write for a secure, properly structured operating system. DOS, and DOS-based Windows 95/98, had always let any code do whatever it wanted, why shouldn’t XP be the same?