Windows 7 activation crackers undeterred by Microsoft’s muscle-flexing

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: Microsoft, Windows | Tags: , |

By Lee Mathews,


Last week Microsoft and Lenovo went tag-team on the first activation workaround, which utilized a leaked OEM product key. “Nice try, pirates!” said Microsoft. “Your key has been blacklisted and will never see again the light of day! Ha HA!” The also touted the fact that Windows 7 has improved methods of detection of hacks like these.

If you listened very, very closely, you could hear a collective yawn from the cracking community.

A week later, and torrent trackers everywhere are awash with…er…alternative activation methods, and they’re being used with varying degrees of success. The bottom line: Microsoft can try, but they’re going to face an uphill battle against pirates yet again.

It might take a little longer with Windows 7 for a really solid workaround to appear, but it’s bound to happen. And once Microsoft figures out how to thwart that method? There will no doubt be another one waiting in the wings.

No post like this would be complete without the usual disclaimer. As you friends in Redmond will tell you, you should never, never download anything that activates Windows by illegitimate means. Doing so puts you at serious risk – the files could be infected and terrorize your system, increase your car’s carbon footprint, make your mattress lumpy and uncomfortable, and cause your all your toilet paper to turn really, really rough.


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This might be the case, but Microsoft will keep trying to block out pirated versions, making your life a living hell. I dont want to waste time on cracking my Windows 7 every month as a new loophole is fixed. You can order Windows 7 for as low as 50 bucks, why not spend thoose money and relax and enjoy updates etc.

sometimes windows7 won’t install if you install it on a pc with a previous installation of windows XP ‘

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