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Windows 7 RTM "improved" activation bypassed by hackers

Earlier this year, Microsoft and Lenovo teamed up to tackle the first Windows 7 activation workaround. It was based upon a leaked OEM volume activation key, and was neutralized fairly quickly. Things have been fairly quiet for a while. Microsoft's anti-piracy team had cooked up WAT - Windows Activation Technology - in hopes that it would prove more successful at thwarting unlicensed Windows...

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

...And so the epic struggle of Microsoft versus pirates continues. 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...

Microsoft and Lenovo quickly swashbuckle Windows 7 pirates

First you got your hands on a leaked copy of the Windows 7 RTM. Bad idea, says Microsoft. Then you tracked down 7loader, which took advantage of a leaked Lenovo product key. We know it's out there, came the nonchalant reply from Redmond. And now, thanks to a cooperative effort, the workaround has already been defeated. The official blog post touts improvements in Windows 7, which "already...

Windows 7 activation already cracked with OEM volume license key

Getting your hands on the WIndows 7 RTM build isn't really that hard at this point. It's all over torrent trackers and other file sharing networks (including the meatspace "can you burn me a copy" network). That's only step one, of course. Without a valid key to activate your copy, you're dead in the water eventually. However, just as it happened with Windows Vista, there's already been a Windows...

Windows Genuine Advantage validation servers down

Product activation is something that's been bugging computers users for years now, and whilst the inconvenience to users has been somewhat minor, it appears that the Doomsday-esque scenario of activations being impossible due to a technical fault seems to have struck. Of all the companies that it could have hit, BoingBoing is reporting that it has hit a rather large and dominant player in the...

Microsoft creates new product keys for still popular Windows XP

It's not secret that a lot of folks are less than pleased with Windows Vista. And while Windows XP has been on the shelves for more than 5 years, Microsoft's longest-reigning operating system still suits the needs of computer users. But it turns out that there's a downside to having an operating system that's been as popular as XP for as long as 5+ years. You eventually start to run out of working...

Does product activation suck?

Across two posts, Charles Miller describes an unfortunate experience with re-registering NewsFire, a popular Mac RSS client. NewsFire's developer, Dave Watanabe, implemented a registration system that simply asks for the email address used to register the software, which the app then checks against a central server Watanabe maintains. The problem arose when Miller tried to re-activate NewsFire...

Microsoft admits Vista OEM hack works

Despite proud boasts that Vista was the most hack-proof version of Windows to date, Microsoft Senior Product Manager Alex Kochis has written on a developers' blog that Microsoft has recognized two ways that hackers have cracked Vista's product activation. Basically the hacks affect OEM copies of Vista that are meant to run on a specific piece of hardware. The first hack changes some code in a...

Can Windows Vista be run indefinitely without activation?

Last month we told you how to extend your Windows Vista 30 day trial period for as long as 120 days. The process is 100% legal, and was put in Vista by Microsoft. All you have to do is enter a rearm command every 30 days or so. We thought you could only do this 3 times, but now sites are reporting that there's a registry hack that allows you to rearm your system an indefinite number of times. Of...

Vista brute force hack update: it might work, if you let it run for a year

The author of the program that allegedly generates activation keys for Windows Vista (if you let it run long enough) is back. And now he says the key generator "is a joke, I never intended for it to work." Further, he never actually got the program to work himself, and he says anyone who claims they have is either mistaken or lying. Here's the thing. In theory, the brute force kegyen could work....

Run Windows Vista for 120 days without activation key

When you first install Windows Vista, you can run it for 30 days without entering a product key. This is the evaluation period, but what happens if your thirty days runs out before you buy an activation key; if you're not sure you want to buy one; or if you were only trying out Vista and don't plan to buy it, but have some files you need to get off of that computer? Well, as Dwight Silverman...