228w 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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I have installed and activated Win 7 on my desktop. The installation went super smooth. I deleted my old XP SP2 partition and started a fresh install. You have the option of it making the "old.windows" folder for your OS, but I didn't really need it. After that the installation went super smooth, 30 minutes later it was up and running.Also, I did not have to install ANY drivers which was really nice.
The activation took a bit longer. I have a Asus mobo and it was being finicky. Non of the options the loader was giving were working "none slic option1", "non slic option 2", and "slic present". I ended up modding the newest version of my bios and adding the SLIC 2.1 for Dell into my mobo so that it would activate. I could not find the Asus Slic 2.1. Once, I upgraded tho the activation worked straight away and its all good.
Windows 7 is a pretty nice piece of software. The jump from XP to 7 is pretty nice. The only issue is getting used to it, which took no time at all. When you hear someone say "it is what Vista should have been" they were right. I did have one issue, my 500gig SATA hdd wasn't being recognized. This was easily fixed, I guess it was not given a drive letter thats all.
Here is the Asus bios fix guide: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/showthread.php?t=6921
I am not that much of a computer guy, so if I said anything weird sorry.
Tested "Hazar's 7 Activator" and works on my system via Virtual PC 2007. Going to test on laptop and desktop soon. Here is the guide I followed ...
"*For the people who have the System Reserved Partition*
1. Run diskmgmt.msc
2. Assign the System Reserved Partition a drive letter ( R: )
3. Copy the Hazar Loader to the R: drive.
4. Run it as Administrator.
5. Wait abit.
6. Watch the CMD console do its thing.
8. Remove the drive letter on the System Reserved to hide it again."
*To check Activation*
goto to start, type in cmd
then type slmgr -dlv for license info
or slmgr -xpr for expiry info only