Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Hack Kills Windows 7 Activation

According to a recent article published on My Digital Life , hackers have created a pair of hacks that when used will allegedly circumvent the Windows Seven product activation allowing users to run an unactivated version of the OS indefinitely (or at least until MS comes up with a patch).

According to the post the two application work by completely bypassing the windows activation schemes, meaning not only does a user not need to activate their version of Windows they don't even need a legit product key. Simply install the OS and run the two apps and you're done.

RemoveWAT, which was developed by MyDigitalLife users Hazar and nononsence is a Windows 7 crack that completely removes Windows Activation Technologies from the system so that users can validate the illegal pirated copies of Windows 7 as genuine status, forever and permanently. RemoveWAT supports both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) and all editions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 .

Chew-WGA is a similar Windows 7 crack which is designed to test the security resistance of various software protections built into Windows 6.1.x operating systems. It works by restraining certain components of the software protection platform. Other than restricting access to sppcomapi.dll file, Chew-WGA also patches many SPP related files. Chew-WGA, which currently updated to Chew-WGA v0.9, will make the system to return activated status, and Windows is activated message is displayed in Control Panel’s System Properties.

According to PC World Microsoft said it knew about the hacks and was looking into ways to block them. "We're aware of this workaround and are already working to address it," a company spokeswoman said today. Since this crack works based on the removal of activation component and involves patching, changes and modification to many system files, it is more than likely going to be easily defeated by Microsoft, especially in next WGA update or Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It should also be noted that the Windows Seven Software Protection Platform (SPP) has worked effectively in many cases to counter unauthorized edit of system files, which may result in features or functionality of Windows being deactivated, reduced, disabled or removed, causing various error message when users wants to perform certain action. Thus, the cracks should never be executed on a system intended for continual use, and should only be used to extend the evaluation period to avoid reinstallation.

In all honesty an end user wanting to use a Windows operating system any longer than 30 days should purchase a license. Running a cracked/hacked version of an OS isn't a viable option for most users out there as often times there are secondary adverse affects not to mention the need to constantly monitor updates, service packs ect for possible fixes to your crack which would leave your system useless.

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