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Old 12-07-2006, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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According to the website apcmag “pirates” were able to crack the vista activation server. As you all know every Windows Vista edition has to be activated, even the enterprise editions which was not the case in Windows XP. Imagine a company with thousands of computers all running Windows Vista. It would probably take some time to activate each on its own. The clever folks at Microsoft wanted to make it more comfortable for their business clients and created the so called Key Management Service.

The KMS works as a activation hub for all computers connected to it which means that all Vista editions can be activated at once using the server. To counter abuse the activation is only valid for 180 days and everything needs to be re-activated in that period. The software, scheduled for release next year, apparently got into wrong hands and “pirates” were able to tweak the Key Management Service that way that it would activate the Vista edition without connecting to the Microsoft Activation server at all.

Everything a Pirate needs is now available freely, though illegally, on the internet. You may download a full retail version of Windows Vista with some CD keys and you may download the Key Management Service to activate the edition without Microsoft ever knowing.

This will only work with Business and Enterprise editions and the time limit is still active. I personally think that it is only a matter of time until those nasty “pirates” create a version that activates Vista completely. Another drawback is that you will still be subject to WGA checks if you use services such as Windows Update to update your operating system. Again, only a matter of time for this as well.

Will Vista be less copied than XP ? I don’t think so. Sure activation and WGA could make this happen but it seems that the “pirates” are on step ahead, again.

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Or you can set your BIOS date to 2099, install, and then change it back and you will have a trial until 2099.
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Or you can set your BIOS date to 2099, install, and then change it back and you will have a trial until 2099.
I know sum1 that did that lol! what an easy trick. Gets all the updates and stuff too.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds like a plan, thanks for the bios tip.

I don't like the word "pirate" though... they don't crew ships or anything.
I like to think of them as "debuggers", because if there is a way to illegally copy software... it is a BUG! Software companies should be smart enough to make it un-crackable.
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only a matter of time before they get the other versions
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Could you change your BIOS date to 2099 for XP and it will still work?
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i think he is talking abtou XP
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No, I'm talking about Vista ... not XP. XP doesn't have a trial version, besides any copy of XP you'd get off the internet would be pre-cracked anyway.
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I mean I do have a copy of XP... but it tells me to register in 30days or i cant use it. I dont wanna ask for advice because i bet thats illegal on this forum on how to crack it.
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I mean I do have a copy of XP... but it tells me to register in 30days or i cant use it. I dont wanna ask for advice because i bet thats illegal on this forum on how to crack it.
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