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Microsoft Kills Windows 7 Activation Leak

Microsoft's director of Genuine Windows Alex Kochis officially acknowledged the leak of a "special product key" for Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (release to manufacturers) in this blog, saying that the leaked key was meant to activate copies of the new OS pre-installed by a certain OEM partner (Lenovo).

Kochis also said that customers who purchase PCs with Windows 7 from Lenovo shouldn't experience validation issues despite the leak, however Microsoft has moved to prevent PCs from being sold that use the key in question. His blog also indicates that the leaked key will still work, but will be easily identified.

"Windows 7 already includes an improved ability to detect hacks, also known as activation exploits, and alert customers who are using a pirated copy," he said. "There is a hack that is said to enable, when paired with the leaked key, a system to install and use a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Both the hack and the key are indications that a copy of Windows may not be genuine. The Windows Activation Technologies included in Windows 7 are designed to handle situations such as this one, and customers using these tools and methods should expect Windows to detect them."

Hochis also added that Microsoft's primary goal is to protect users from becoming unknowing victims, claiming that pirates (or customers who use pirated copies of Windows 7) are at a greater risk of identity theft and malware.

  • fogartini
    Canceling torrent
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  • megamanx00
    Figured they would. Of course pirates will still hack it. Anyway I'd like for them to spend more time making sure the OS works right. I'll probably get win 7 eventually, but I'll wait till they put out a few patches for it ^_^. At least they did good buy letting alot of customers be lab rats, uh, I mean valued RC testers :D. Hopefully it won't have too many issues at launch but memories of the state of the Vista and XP at retail launchs don't fill me with hope :)
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  • riquisimo
    it wont matter. Pirates will find a back door anyways. If it can be protected, it can be disabled.
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  • I love how its always "to protect people from virii and identity theft" rather than they just want their money since it really doesn't make you more vulnerable.
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  • ohim
    asfewI love how its always "to protect people from virii and identity theft" rather than they just want their money since it really doesn't make you more vulnerable.and if you take a lot of time and invest a lot of monney makeing an OS wouldn`t you like to protect your monney ?
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  • Ciuy
    fogartiniCanceling torrent
    haha

    same
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  • reasonablevoice
    "and if you take a lot of time and invest a lot of monney makeing an OS wouldn`t you like to protect your monney ? "

    Well, no shit sherlock. He is pointing out that they are lying or greatly exaggerating the "risks" so it sounds like they are looking out for their customers when they are just trying to scare people into not using a pirated copy.
    I have a technet sub, so I don't have to worry about cracks and hacks, though if I didn't I would be running a cracked copy for sure.
    $200-300 for an OS? No thanks.
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  • tamalero
    theres new versions of orbit already, and they're all reporting it works, wondering if microsoft will suddenly disable them once windows update kicks in XD
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  • nachowarrior
    well i've still got 4 months left on mine, It's on a secondary HDD anyway. Someone will come out with a build 7600 crack again before the release of the retail version. If not I'll simply reinstall windows every 4 months, that's good practice anyway to help ensure a clean and efficient operating system, only takes about an hour or 3 if you have all your content backed up properly (depending on game installs).
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  • nachowarrior
    Not to mention the fact that win 7 is still unstable compared to xp when multitasking. Not sure if i even want to keep it yet. Sage tv no longer works, and WMC crashes every 4-10 minutes, not to mention it steals focus when i'm trying to do other things like gaming. 300 dollars for something that has less functionality than something already in place? I second that "no thanks" stated above.
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