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Windows 7 Anti-Piracy Update Now Live

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

New patch checks for more activation hacks.

Earlier this month, we detailed that Microsoft was prepping a Windows 7 Update that would improve Windows Activation Technologies to detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits.

Those paying attention to their Windows Update will see that the patch KB971033 is now live. It's not explicitly named anything to do with Windows Activation Technologies, as it's simply termed as an "Update for Windows 7."

Microsoft previously pointed out that this update is completely voluntary and users can decline the update when it appears (though we can't imagine why legitimate users would worry). Of course, if a hack or exploit is found, Windows 7 will alert the user by removing the desktop background and pop up periodic reminders of just how non-genuine it is feeling.

Read more about the patch here.

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    the_krasno , February 24, 2010 8:48 PM
    Tomorrow Tom's will publish how the hackers already bypassed this update.

    May the circle of cracking and patching begin!
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    brendano257 , February 24, 2010 8:49 PM
    "potentially dangerous activation exploits." Potentially dangerous to Microsoft...now that I believe. To the user? Not so much.
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    g00ey , February 24, 2010 9:04 PM
    I never understood what that skull is for, has someone died from software piracy?
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    qbnsuperman , February 24, 2010 8:48 PM
    engadget keeps talking about this thing running in the background. I wonder how true that is. I disabled it just because of that rumor and I have a fully legitimate copy of win7 x64.
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    the_krasno , February 24, 2010 8:48 PM
    Tomorrow Tom's will publish how the hackers already bypassed this update.

    May the circle of cracking and patching begin!
  • 22 Hide
    brendano257 , February 24, 2010 8:49 PM
    "potentially dangerous activation exploits." Potentially dangerous to Microsoft...now that I believe. To the user? Not so much.
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    hellscook , February 24, 2010 8:54 PM
    Quote:
    Microsoft previously pointed out that this update is completely voluntary and users can decline the update when it appears (though we can't imagine why legitimate users would worry).


    Oh? You've never seen MS screw over their own customers? I've seen WGA act up on several very legitimate machines.
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    efeat , February 24, 2010 9:00 PM
    The update is listed with all other windows 7 updates, however it is NOT checked by default.

    In other words, windows will not download and install this update unless you explicitly tell it to do so.

    At least, it showed up this way for me.
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    g00ey , February 24, 2010 9:04 PM
    I never understood what that skull is for, has someone died from software piracy?
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    chrisjust98 , February 24, 2010 9:14 PM
    Well it doesn't even work. I know because I just installed it.
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 9:21 PM
    i downloaded this update and, I can only speak for myself, but lets just say it does not detect 100% of cracked copies of windows 7
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    scatrdfew , February 24, 2010 9:22 PM
    This update was check marked when I checked Windows Update today... no thanks
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    okoaomo , February 24, 2010 9:24 PM
    I just set it to hide the update Thanx tom's
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    tipoo , February 24, 2010 9:27 PM
    Huh, I thought it already rolled out. What was that update then that caused peoples(including myself) legal copies of Windows 7 to say the key didn't exist? Its fixed now, but it was annoying.
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    randomizer , February 24, 2010 9:30 PM
    the_krasnoTomorrow Tom's will publish how the hackers already bypassed this update.May the circle of cracking and patching begin!

    It's not meant to stop tech-savvy pirates, it's meant to protect customers buying OEM PCs from dodgy retailers who install pirated copies with relatively crude cracks. MS is well aware that any anti-piracy system they use can and will be cracked. I don't doubt that this will be updated again in the future.

    I run a legit copy and I didn't install this. I see no reason to waste bandwidth on an update that will only confirm what I already know.
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    siuol11 , February 24, 2010 9:40 PM
    g00eyI never understood what that skull is for, has someone died from software piracy?


    It's the MPAA's new legal strategy- choke a bitch.
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    Gigahertz20 , February 24, 2010 9:45 PM
    Hide update, done, just don't install it. It will be included in Win 7 SP1 though in which you will have to install it, but no big deal.
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    scatrdfew , February 24, 2010 9:49 PM
    Gigahertz20Hide update, done, just don't install it. It will be included in Win 7 SP1 though in which you will have to install it, but no big deal.


    Haha! Good one...
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    b0o , February 24, 2010 9:50 PM
    "It's not meant to stop tech-savvy pirates, it's meant to protect customers buying OEM PCs from dodgy retailers who install pirated copies with relatively crude cracks. MS is well aware that any anti-piracy system they use can and will be cracked. I don't doubt that this will be updated again in the future."

    Pretty much. Its to fight mass piracy on unwitting consumers and those who just download pirated copies off torrent sites that likely come with bundled trojans and botnets. Microsoft knows its not worth it to play catch and mouse with the ACTUAL crackers. They had work arounds for this before it was even announced(a certain cracker's loader still works just fine and didn't even need to be updated).

    With that said, I won't download this on a illegitimate or legitimate install of windows. It is programmed to "phone home" every 90 days to detect if your copy is still genuine. I don't need extra processes running and connecting to the internet.
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    SchizoFrog , February 24, 2010 9:53 PM
    The logo gives the impression that Windows is toxic... That can't be a good image. lol

    This whole thing is ridiculous.
    "It's not meant to stop tech-savvy pirates, it's meant to protect customers buying OEM PCs from dodgy retailers who install pirated copies with relatively crude cracks."

    Are these the same customers who are so nieve about browsers that they need a special window to select from and get even more confused while doing so? The same customers who never, ever, ever, ever check and install updates for anything?

    If they want protection then they shouldn't be buying their systems from car boot sales or some bloke called 'Del Boy' down the boozer.
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    SchizoFrog , February 24, 2010 9:56 PM
    PS. My previouos comment was NOT a reply to 'randomizer', I just quoted that comment as I thought it was a good explanation of Microsoft's stand point and the purpose of this update.
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