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Windows 7: How to know if your windows 7 is pirated/illegal copy?

25 Feb 2010   #41
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hmmm, I just ran Windows Update, there was nothing regarding activation, could not find that update with the number Greg posted. Maybe for x64 systems it comes later?

Now, more on the topic - I guess if you buy your PC or OS through regular channels you don't have to worry. If you have done something illegal then you know you did. So, the only people in doubt would be those who buy second-hand PCs.

In that situation, it would probably be very useful to have some way of verifying that the license key you are getting with the PC has not already been used someplace else.

Same would apply to people buying keys on eBay, but then I guess the question is - why would anyone do that? Is it really that much cheaper to be worth all the trouble? And if you find it say 10 times cheaper than the best deal you can get from Microsoft or Amazon, do you really think it would be legit?


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25 Feb 2010   #42
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

Just because you can access windows update, or pass the WGA stuff, doesn't mean your copy of Win 7 is valid.

There are many illegal ways to get around those things that I won't go into details about.

The best thing to do is Google your serial key and see if anyone else has it listed in the search results. A lot of times these serial keys will be posted in public.
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25 Feb 2010   #43
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

i cant help feeling that the introduction of this "fix" for the cracks was a clever marketing ploy.... get millions f pirates to download windows 7, crack it then hit them with "deactivation" once they have settled into using it.... that is of course if the WAT actually works.... so far the "hacktivated" edition i used in my earlier test is still fine and passing WGA....
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26 Feb 2010   #44
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

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i cant help feeling that the introduction of this "fix" for the cracks was a clever marketing ploy.... get millions f pirates to download windows 7, crack it then hit them with "deactivation" once they have settled into using it.... that is of course if the WAT actually works.... so far the "hacktivated" edition i used in my earlier test is still fine and passing WGA....
- Nothing wrong with a company trying to protect themselves from people who steal their software. It's not like Microsoft is busting down your door, or reporting your illegal use to your ISP.
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26 Feb 2010   #45
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

merlin, you completely misunderstand my point, i quite agree they SHOULD be protecting their software (they are required to protect their intellectual property by law anyway or they lose the copyright) the point i was making was this, people are basically cracking it in the same way they cracked Vista, are we supposed to believe that after 5 years they didnt have a solution on launch day? what i was saying was that it seems (IMO anyway) that they "allowed" people to pirate it, then hit them with the deactivation after its been out 4 months, because by then chances are they wouldnt want to go back and will buy a license, clever marketing i say, otherwise said pirates would have probably gone back to Vista/XP (which they probably have an OEM license for, lets face it, most people upgrade their pc's at some point over 5 years)
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26 Feb 2010   #46
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I dont think MS was allowing anyone to pirate their software, its just not preventable. They probably did everything they could think of to keep it to a minimum, but hackers get through these defenses quite quickly. MS just needs to innovate now and think up a new security measure to prevent it. They probably have in-house hacktivated machines running to find out how to de-hacktivate them.

As for MS's policies on how to prevent people from using hacked products just look to the 1million Xbox modders who's systems and accounts were taken off X-box Live. it is gonna get crazy when MS finds a way to perma-ban hacked copies of win7
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26 Feb 2010   #47
gregrocker

 

Best to get clean because it's likely coming.

The rule of thumb with cracks is that they don't last.

Browse the 237+ page thread at Digital Life where the hackers are panicking over MS update. They think MS is developing some kind of BIOS hash that foils their mods, don't seem to realize that MS is reading their posts and prob using their own ideas.
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26 Feb 2010   #48
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Letting anyone that wanted it have free access to the RC was a brilliant marketing move.
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26 Feb 2010   #49
wullthebull

 

i have 1pc and 1 lappy legit win7 and I wont be using ms wat on them ,.I have already activated them once and that should be it , so no phoning home in 90 days to check again. if ms wants to find pirate copies then fine , but do not keep checking on legit users .
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26 Feb 2010   #50
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wullthebull View Post
i have 1pc and 1 lappy legit win7 and I wont be using ms wat on them ,.I have already activated them once and that should be it , so no phoning home in 90 days to check again. if ms wants to find pirate copies then fine , but do not keep checking on legit users .
So you're never/ever going to rum Windows Update again?
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