Interesting article: 'Pirates navigate around Windows 7 activation again'

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by libertard, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. libertard

    libertard MDL Junior Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Pirates have put together tools to remove and disable Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and also take care of all the side effects.

    A new activation crack method has been discovered and implemented to bypass Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 activation: remove and disable Windows Activation Technologies (WAT, older versions were referred to as Windows Genuine Advantage). The hack in question works by bypassing activation altogether, and thus does not require a product key. By blocking, preventing, removing, and disabling access to, or the loading of, all activation and licensing related Windows system files, slui.exe (the exe required to activate Windows 7) will fail to start, resulting in the permanent circumvention of Windows activation.

    Still, disabling WAT isn't the end of the story: after the 30-day evaluation period is expired, Windows 7 will still start nagging the user to activate the operating system, the wallpaper will be set to black, and a watermark saying "This copy of Windows is not genuine" will be placed in the bottom right-hand corner. You can continue to use the operating system indefinitely, but the side-effects can be annoying, so pirates have created tools to clean these up.

    Most of the tools support all editions of Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition to removing and disabling WAT from the Windows system, the tools clean up the side-effects by stopping relevant services and patching certain DLL files.

    During the early days of Windows Vista, pirates also tried to permanently bypass Windows Vista activation by stopping the activation grace period countdown timer. These attempts were foiled by Microsoft with updates to the operating system, and we can expect the same to occur this time around since this method involves patching many system files, especially with the next WAT update or with Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

    The most reliable way to bypass Windows product activation is still the use of BIOS emulation tools to fool the operating system into thinking it has been preloaded onto an OEM system. This can be done either via software tools or through direct modification of a motherboard's BIOS. Pirates have been using BIOS loaders and OEM BIOS mods for Windows 7 for months, and of course even longer for Vista. In fact, in April 2007, Microsoft publicly stated it was analyzing BIOS hacks that were being used to bypass Windows Vista product activation but to this day many of the BIOS methods still work.
  2. Brainsuck

    Brainsuck MDL Addicted

    Oct 9, 2009
    #2 Brainsuck, Nov 12, 2009
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    Old news Read ed it last night!!!:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
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  3. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

    Aug 25, 2007
    Readed? You mean read.

    This method has been around for a long time and was originally called the McFly Method. These tools make it easier and more automated.
  4. NiHiLisT

    NiHiLisT MDL Member

    Jul 29, 2009
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  6. TabascoJoe

    TabascoJoe MDL Novice

    Aug 13, 2009
    Good article

    Thanks for the post
  7. MrFerretKing

    MrFerretKing MDL Member

    Aug 25, 2009

    Appreciate the effort but you should include your source by name/site or link to any original new article/posting. It makes some people feel better depending on where their news comes from.
  8. ynhdarkman

    ynhdarkman MDL Novice

    Oct 12, 2009
    thought libertard got banned...
    anyways, old news it seems
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