master OEM key from Lenovo, Microsoft is hoping to prevent a piracy free-for-all of their soon to be released OS.
The master key that was leaked has since been blacklisted and replaced, and Microsoft is reportedly working very close with Lenovo to insure that there won’t be any activation issues. “We've worked with that manufacturer so that customers who purchase genuine copies of Windows 7 from this manufacturer will experience no issues validating their copy of Windows 7,” said Alex Kochis, Director of Genuine Windows at Microsoft. “At the same time we will seek to alert customers who are using the leaked key that they are running a non-genuine copy of Windows. It's important to note that no PCs will be sold that will use this key.”
Now that the can of worms has been contained, there’s little worry from Microsoft that piracy will be an issue due to this key. But, they’re undoubtedly very unhappy about the leak up in Redmond.
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