Windows 7 Activation Bypassed by Hackers

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Hackers have managed to bypass one of the key antipiracy protections built into Windows 7, the latest operating system (OS) from Microsoft.

Normally, users of Windows 7 have 30 days to activate their OS, but a recently outlined method allows a user to turn off the normal notifications and use the OS indefinitely.

Using the method to bypass the authorization doesn't actually confirm the OS as legitimate, but it does allow users to keep using it without activation. (Source:

New Crack Bypasses Activation Requirements

Microsoft has confirmed that it is aware of the technique and is working on a way to fix the activation procedure. Microsoft had to fix the activation procedure when Windows Vista was released, too.

The new activation crack method bypasses the activation requirement by removing and disabling Windows Activation Technologies (WAT). (Source:

The hack 'activates' Windows 7 by bypassing the product key. By causing activation to be circumvented -- by blocking, preventing, removing and disabling access to or the loading of the activation and licensing related system files -- it makes Windows think that it doesn't need to be activated anymore.

More information can be found in this article from My Digital Life, which notes: as cracks based on the removal of activation components involve patching, changes and modification to many system files, it's likely to be easily detected and nullified by Microsoft. Cracks should never be used on a system you intend to use continually. If you plan to use Windows 7 longer than 30 days, you should purchase a license.

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