Thursday, March 1st 2007

Windows Vista activation key generators begin making their way onto the internet

Microsoft has yet another problem on it's hands regarding Windows Vista. Windows Vista, despite all the effort Microsoft put into securing it with various forms of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software, now has key generators (keygens) that can give a pirate a valid key. This is in no way perfect, and is quite time consuming. It simply makes a random string of 25 characters, which the pirate would then subject to Windows activation. If this were to ever catch on as a major fad among pirates, serious problems would arise. The most serious problem to Microsoft would not be the unpaid copy of Windows. Instead, it would be the possibility of a key matching a legal key that hasn't been bought yet.Source: The Inquirer
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43 Comments on Windows Vista activation key generators begin making their way onto the internet

#1
ktr
Should I be happy or sad?
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#2
Casheti
I'm ALREADY ON IT. HOPE IT WORKS! :p
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
tsk tsk tsk people should just buy VISTA and not steal it (like i may have done with XP)
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#4
Casheti
Some of us can't afford Vista. (Especially at 15 years old with no source of income).

I've been running this for an hour. Nothing yet. Some people have done it for 15 hours or more and still got nothing. I do hope this works.
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#5
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
by: ktr
Should I be happy or sad?
Happy :D M$ do just about everything they can to screw the consumer over as it is, ironically, the pirates who make the keygens are more good than bad. I would go into a lot of detail, but I'm feeling lazy :p
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#6
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Casheti
Some of us can't afford Vista. (Especially at 15 years old with no source of income).

I've been running this for an hour. Nothing yet. Some people have done it for 15 hours or more and still got nothing. I do hope this works.
GET LINUX it is free that is what i am on right now DSL FTW :nutkick:
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#7
ktr
by: Ketxxx
Happy :D M$ do just about everything they can to screw the consumer over as it is, ironically, the pirates who make the keygens are more good than bad. I would go into a lot of detail, but I'm feeling lazy :p
LOL...ok,

the keygen is a brute forcer, so its gonna take some time to get something out of it. but first i need a copy of vista.
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#8
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
by: ktr
LOL...ok,
but first i need a copy of vista.
lol. Don't worry, I'm not going to ask what you mean by that :D ;)
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#9
ktr
by: Ketxxx
lol. Don't worry, I'm not going to ask what you mean by that :D ;)
Of course, be a good consumer and purchase a copy ;)

lol, the only peeps that are getting a key are ones with octa-core xeon's with 16gb of memory...

useless for us :nutkick:
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#10
Scavar
Of course it would suck for someone who does buy it, and then they have to go through the hassle of proving they own it just to be able to use it.
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#11
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Uknow, I really hope some M$ reps come and read some of the controversial posts about their OS, just to make them paranoid as they have no way of telling if that person has a legit copy or not :p

I'm quite twisted, I know :D
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#12
DanTheBanjoman
SeƱor Moderator
Isn't it easy to counter? Add a delay between verifications from the same IP which doubles after every faulty key. first a second, then 2, 4 so on. Legit users won't notice this, people just randomly trying keys will be unable to do so. And no proxies don't work here, unless you have thousands of them and can switch between them really fast.
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#13
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
I'm not sure how Vista activates as I dont intend to touch it with somebody elses 50ft bargepole, but the key generators can probably be run "offline" until a working key is found.
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#14
Chewy
It would suck for whoever does buy vista, than finds out thier activation code was hacked and has to go trough the hassle of providing proof of purchase of thier vista copy. couldent M$ than track who is using the stolen key?
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#15
BXtreme
First i would like to say- "LOL".
2nd- I knew this myself that a keygen 'can' be made, but i didn't know how. I can tell ya 'how' the idea of keygen of vista comes, but that would be against the forum, sry ;) But if someones really wants to know just pm me. don't worry i'm not giving away anything, i'll just tell how the idea came up ;)
3rd-Any1 could've done that, pm me and u'll know, but i won't tell the process...
4th-sry mods, but this thread is about serious piracy :shadedshu
5th- Again no worries cuz i'm a legal user :)
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#16
hotrippr
I thought ms would verify similair to how Alcohol soft. Login, activation tied to HW on machine, verifies and will only run on 1 machine while killing the other activation. Anyone get this that is familiar with Alcohol legit? Sorry it is hard for me to explain.
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#17
BXtreme
but ms always has to make serials, without it there is no sale! Activation is yet another tool for the hackers to fiddle with. Vista was cracked at 1month before release date, the serials part is yet to be continued.... Alas! There is no way stop the 'keygen' thing...ppl will buy vista and find that their serial has been already used :eek: imo they SHOULD make a free version of Vista and sell it, or they'll be bankrupted before they even know it :shadedshu
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#18
Sasqui
Tried it for XP, worked until WGA came along... Even though someone cracked the encryption, I can only surmise they have a DB of released activation keys. All two of my personal XP keys are legit now, so their model worked here...
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#19
tkpenalty
This is not a good thing... Honestly, people should get a job and their woes would dissapear.
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#20
BXtreme
hmm, what can be done to repair this....wastage of money going on here.....ms must think of a plan fast.
(does ms know about this ? if yes, then something should be done)
but ya know, the key**n thing could've been solved by a 'kid', it's so easy.
Microsoft should make some new strategies here, if they can't they just suck!!
cuz 5 years of hard labour and it took only 2 months for the pro hackers to solve this, sheesh!...
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#21
ktr
Seems like i can obtain a copy of vista and valid key through my fathers company, they are subscribed to MSDN.
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#22
mandelore
hmm.. im just glad i activated my purchased version of vista ultimate, would not have enjoyed finding my key was stolen...
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#23
Exceededgoku
this is very very bad..... fgs if microsoft hadn't made the damn activation so tedious and annoying! My Vista Ultimate x64 has been fine for now, but I foresee problems when I come to change my graphics card later on in the year, it was soo bad on XP that I just cracked the activation so I wouldn't have to deal with it.
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#24
joinmeindeath417
i have a "Legit" Copy of Vista

theres a reason for teh quotes

but its not that bad ;)


just put it this way...Dell is really stupid but i love them for there stupidity im a computer tech at a local store, and this guy wanted XP...so i gave him XP and took his Vista key :) (Home Ultimate) put the key in, said it had to be activated on the phone i called them up...told them dell sent me a new mobo (thats what they mainly generate the Hardware id on) and now that key matchs my mobo etc,

so its not pirated and its not illegal or stolen, it was given to me thats all you ahve to do so if you have a friend with a key...do it up! hah maily only if they have a dell


:rockout: :rockout:

trust me it works 100%

but i am still trying this keygen out jus to see if it works...M$ did something really dumb

they said it was almost fully hacker/pirate proof

thats like telling someone who likes to fix things (as me) that i cant fix it..i will try until its impossible to fix..haha

:shadedshu :shadedshu
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#25
BXtreme
i get the 'legit' part.
here's some fresh info-
"Due to m$ new EULA, IF we activate our legit ones, it doesn't matter. say another pirated vista user has UR key and types it in.....(now the fun starts:D)
U DO a reinstall, and found that the key is in use, cuz on the other machine (pirate one), it is now activated and he becomes a legit user.
This is like a software epidemic virus, that can't be repaired. hope m$ copes up with this problem....it's also the reason for which i haven't done a single reinstallation of vista.
i.e Kept it on a partition, and worked flawlessly w/ others ;) (manly XP, and linux)
My current status shows activated, and no problems have arrived."
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