Windows 7 Update Closes 70 "Activation Hacks"

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BAMT

Those who buy the cheap copies really should be warned about them; I once came across an obviously too cheap XP CD and found a ton of the system DLLs to contain rootkits. In fact, the system was bugged so much that explorer randomly crashed and there were many previously non-existent bugs.

On a side note, I don't know why this comment is up here. I clicked to comment under Taz0's comment and the punch sign had the post number.

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roninnder

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this update both voluntary and removable?

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dankers

I hope its not like my genuine copy of Vista that M$ decided wasn't legit one day. Took a while to get it working again. There should be a word limit in these posts... some people are so wordy.

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Windows Securit...

If Microsoft were caught only once stealing code for Windows, their License would be invalid as it would try to make you a co-conspirator to their crime.

But Microsoft has lost several lawsuits regarding their illegal activities with Windows and so I for one do not honor their illegal License, nor do I honor their alledged copyrights on products that defraud uncompensated programmers who's code is being illegally used in Windows.

Only Propaganda Artists would criminally side with Microsoft on such a serious issue as this!

Or to put it another way, only people who's business survival depends on Microsofts success would tell you that you are promoting piracy by dishonoring Microsofts License and then ban you from this forum!  Ahem....

Do you think anyone at Maximum Propaganda Magazine would agree with me?

Or will they ban me again for stating the facts?

Stay tuned kids! You won't want to miss our next episode...

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Cruzg10

Will someone please give this guy a hug!

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QuakindudeMod

I say ban you for being a conspiracy theorist ass who doesn't seem to be able to abide by the rules and respect the forum you are provided, for free, at MaximumPC. Accusing MaxPC of being criminally negligent in an article in which they also point out how you can avoid getting this bullshit "update" from being installed on your machine shows that you simply have an immature, negative attitude for MaximumPC. 

Make sure you don't incriminate yourself by making slanderous comments about a web site or a person. I cannot and do not speak on behalf of MaximumPC outside of moderating these comments, but I certainly can, and will, point out anything of an illegal nature that you may do to harm this websites tremendously well earned reputation.

Now. Why don't you just go find another place to spew your inaccurate and immature comments and hatred. Because it won't be here. The site Admin took notice of this and you should have his remarks in an email. See ya!! 

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Taz0

Every community has its rules - abide by them or leave. And if you decide to leave, please don't forget to take your tinfoil hat on your way out.

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Yusonice

I really have to avoid this one...

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Yusonice

I really have to avoid this one...

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COMMANDER_COOK

There's still no reason to make it connect to the servers on a schedule. It's not like someone with a genuine copy is going to somehow go non-genuine..

And for the malware part, sure the ISOs on the internet may have malware, but smart people make ISOs of their friends factory pressed discs and then use a crack of keygen on them. 

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WarCrime342

What I'm wondering about this is if it will make my copy ungenuine. My version of Windows 7 is indeed very genuine, but I installed Windows 7 Upgrade using the clean install process. I used a registry fix to allow me to activate it without having to install a previous OS. It would be catastrophic if Microsoft decided to nullify my key just because I used an activation bypass method. To make it worse, I bought a Family 3-pack. All three computers would then be ungenuine and each require a new key.

I just don't want to go through the "fracking" hassle of installing XP just so I can install Windows 7. Lets hope it doesn't screw over everyone else that has done this.

 

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runner7775

Nah, the update won't mess up your computer if you have done the registry hack.

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/watu.asp

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aviaggio

This is why I will never allow something like this to be installed. Even though I have a completely legitimate copy I see nothing good coming from this. I certainly do not want to be exposed to having my OS shut down, even by mistake. JUST SAY NO!

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QuakindudeMod

I very much agree with you Aviaggio. I will not be installing this "update" simply because I see no reason for MS to be calling home on my OEM copy of Win7 Ultimate I bought from NewEgg.

I get the feeling this is MS's way of trying to prep the public into becoming numb to these types of micro-management tactics of a product they BOUGHT. As usual, the only people this will aggravate and piss off are those of us who choose to run legally procured and owned software. 

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Taz0

This update affects four groups of users, each in a different way: 

The average genuine user: The update will automatically install, verify that Windows is genuine, maybe call home now and then, but the user will never even know about it or be bothered by it - ignorance is bliss. 

The genuine power user: He'll know about this update, knows his Windows is genuine, and select not to install it, or perhaps install it and block it from calling home using his firewall (or if he's not a privacy nut, just install it). 

The duped bargain hunter: The update will automatically install and tell him that if the price is too good to be true, it is. That's Microsoft's target audience. He will then either ignore it or purchase a genuine license. 

The shrewd pirate: He'll know about this update, laugh really hard, then either avoid it or install it then install an undetected activator. 

Microsoft knows it's only targeting the third demographic, and I quote from the CNET article: 

Williams said Microsoft has put much of its focused on informing customers that may have been duped into buying a PC with non-genuine software.

"We are pretty realistic," Williams said. "People who are actively pirating will try to find ways to continue to pirate."

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Kataco

KB71033

 find more detailed info over at ars

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UberLaff

soo Microsoft... what's in it for me? 

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huhhuh

My first time ever to update Win7 (after 6 months of owing it). Found this old article and when I checked for updates, out of 11 or so checked by default to be installed the KB71033 was not.

Good job if you ask me. 

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