My hunt for utilities that bypass Windows 7 activation technologies led me to some very seedy corners of the Internet.First, I did what any red-blooded wannabe pirate would do and tried some Google searches.Microsoft Product Activation is a DRM technology used by Microsoft Corporation in several of its computer software programs, most notably its Windows operating system and its Office productivity suite.
So, is there a way to check if the application is installed on a legal, genuine Windows version?
(Vista and better, at least.) Let me clear something up: Microsoft isn't preventing users to use a non-validated or illegal version of their operating system.
All I want to do is to make sure my application will only run on a legal version of Windows and not on a pirated version.
Windows uses some trick to determine this but still allows pirated versions to continue to run, although with some limits.
Immediate activation is not required following installation, but the program must be activated within a specific period of time in order to continue to function properly.
Throughout this grace period, the user will be periodically reminded to activate the program, with warnings becoming more frequent over time.
In the interest of research, I've been digging into message boards and forums run by unabashed Windows enthusiasts who are intent on breaking Microsoft's activation technology.
I've had these forums bookmarked for years and stop in every once in a while just to see what's new.
Of the first 10 hits, six were inactive or had been taken down.
After downloading files from the remaining four sites, I submitted them to Virustotal.com, where three of the four samples came back positive for nasty, difficult-to-remove Windows 7 rootkits.
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