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Windows 7: Windows 7 Hacked (Again) for Keyless Activation

17 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
Windows 7 Hacked (Again) for Keyless Activation

Windows 7 Hacked (Again) for Keyless Activation
Windows 7 Hacked (Again) for Keyless Activation

Lo! Yet another Windows 7 activation hack appears. This one's a little more creative in that it doesn't require an OEM key at all, and instead bypasses the verification DLL completely.

The new hack nullifies sppcompai.dll, and even deactivates all the reminder popups that would otherwise ask you to activate indefinitely. But don't expect the party to last long. This crack closely mirrors an old Vista key workaround, and if Microsoft patched it easily then, they'll patch it easily now.
The crack is possible probably due to leniency allowed on the part of Microsoft on [the] activation mechanism to avoid getting too many false-positive or complaint on activation error

It just sucks that this game will continue. Microsoft obviously wants to make activation as painless as possible, but will probably beef up the security next time to fix these sort of exploits. Like most of you, I'm sick of DRM causing headaches for the ones who legally purchased the software, and developments like this certainly won't help.

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18 Nov 2009   #2

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi all.

I'm afraid it's just human nature.

The more people say something is "unhackable" the more people will want to do it just as a challenge even if there isn't any intended malice or will to deprive a company of its revenue.

Legal or not isn't the question -- if everybody always obeyed the law there wouldn't be any need for jails (leaving aside the whole question of whether "the law" is morally justified or not).

I believe - was it Sir Edmund Hilliary on leading the very first successful Mt Everest expedition in 1952/3 was asked why do you want to climb Everest.
The immortal answer was - because it's there.

Actually MS probably would make MORE money by forgetting the whole "Windows Activation" stuff - after all there must be ZILLIONS of copies out there at hugely LEGAL discounted prices (student editions etc etc) and concentrating on beefing up its revenue stream by getting hardware manufacturers to pay bigger royalties for incorporating their drivers into Windows (aka the Apple business model).

Whilst this might reduce the availability of hardware a bit - most device manufacturers will still want to develop and sell a product.

MS itself should also charge perhaps a "per seat" license to businesses for using say MS office etc.

Big business should pony up 90% of the costs -- the HOME users actually yield far more info to MS in future trends and applications than gigantic businesses -- some of whom are still running Windows NT servers and Windows 200 clients.

Home users connect every conceivable device to Windows one way or another and are instrumental in using Windows in ways that MS or a business would never even think of in a million years. They also mess around with their equipment and re-configure it many times giving MS an unofficial FREE testing platform they could never hope to do in their own labs,

DRM on music is going the way of the Dodo -- finally --even the big boys at the studios realized the more tightly you try and lock something up the more piracy develops.

I might be quite happy to pay 5 EUR for say 50 songs -- but I'm NOT paying 50 Eur Cent (EUR 0.50) per song. I'll use other (cough cough) means like at least 90% of the rest of the planet.

I think you'll find that is the general consensus.

People have quite a canny idea of how much something is really worth and often the consensus as to how much a product should be is remarkably similar accross totally different sets and classes of people.

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18 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

having been in the "hacker" world most people that hack or crack windows do so because they dislike MS or as some people put it M$. Most people will find this train of thought strange, why use an OS if you can't stand the company when there are others out there? If I look at the people that considered me a friend they did it cause they felt like they were sticking it to MS getting the OS free but didn't take into account the time and energy it took to get it that way. The other people who pirate do so because they spend all the money on hardware and leave no budget for software. The third type are the ones who turn around and try and make a profit off the pirated software, these are the people that MS and others want to stop, my last job I worked my way into a group that was making DVD movies and software and selling these copies for 30% - 60% off retail at flea markets etc most were profiting $1000 a week. The discs looked so real that most people wouldn't know the difference from what they bought at the flea market compared to a legit copy at best buy. We stopped a $150,000 a year pirate ring here in the US across 5 states.

that part that gets me is while doing that work even companies that were trusted with peoples lives were asking me to get software "cheap" for them not knowing I was really working to stop pirates. Well anyway the stories I could tell about the pirate world.
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