227w ago - Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin: "We are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation & validation in Windows 7, and we can assure customers that Microsoft is committed to protecting them from counterfeit and pirated software.
Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites is piracy, and exposes users to increased risks - such as viruses, Trojans and other malware and malicious code–that usually accompany counterfeit software."
Despite Microsoft firing a warning to pirates earlier this year, the anti-piracy tools built into Windows 7 appear to have been beaten by a leaked OEM master key obtained from a Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD belonging to system manufacturer Lenovo.
The leaked disc image first surfaced on a Chinese forum, and has since made its way across the globe where users are quickly using the master key to activate machines of any brand.
Proving that the hack does actually work, users are quickly posting up screenshots of their success. One such user, SongRemainsTheSame from the MyDigitalLife.info forums, has posted a validation picture (below).
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If you have winxp installed already or install it first, then make a partition to what size you need or if you have another hdd in your pc you can install windows 7 to it, by installing winxp first and then making this partition or using another internal hdd when you install windows 7 it will make a boot loader screen for you automatically and after win7 install you will see a boot loader screen when you start your pc and you choose which OS you want to load.
Done it this way so many times myself but it works great, and if you ever need that boot loader screen gone after if you happen to un-install win7 as the loader screen stays there, but i have a command to use in the run window to get rid of that screen if you need it down the road just post.
It seems that the leaked OEM key is already blacklisted by Microsoft. They said they will not use that OEM key for any retail version of Windows 7. This basically means if you want to update to Windows 7 SP1, you are going to get a message saying you are not using an authentic Microsoft product. This really should not be an issue because by the time SP1 comes out there will be a bunch more OEM's floating around the internet.
Me too. I was testing RC1 for some time, it was very easy to install in a second drive, it automatically creates a boot manager to access the old XP system, and all was running ok in no time. The only drive I had to get was a new Realtek audio driver for the onboard sound, but only because the one that W7 installs couldn't be set up to use the rear speakers.
I have been using windows 7 for a while now and i must say it does work quite nice and no drivers were needed on install of this OS, as it seem to have them all except my wireless TP Link stuff which is understandable but was easy to install and get online with wireless in short order.
Much better than vista was as that just robbed resources and stuff was not compatible etc, i already got the flip 3D window enabled in windows 7 were you see the windows flip by like vista did as it is not set up as default in windows 7, would recommend this OS to anyone to try.