Windows 8 activations made possible by Belarus Customs

The proof was posted on yfrog via AngelWZR's Twitter account.

Thanks to a tip sent into Neowin, we now know why it was possible to activate the Windows 8 RTM leaks illegally for a short time, and well before it should be legally possible.

The bypass, which is now shut down, was made possible by Belarusian customs officers who setup their own Key Management Server (KMS). It was one of the first servers that pirates had been using to activate the Windows 8 RTM leaks, and not just anywhere, but in a state institution - Gomel customs.

It's unclear if they were contacted by Microsoft, or simply shut it down due to over-capacity.

The source shows an image that clearly indicates the IP address that was used for the activations translates to an IP used by the Belarus government.

In five days MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be able to download Windows 8. So the waiting, at least for them, is almost over.

For a timeline of events surrounding the release of Windows 8 and the subsequent leaks, click here.

Source: HIGH-TECH@MAIL.RU | English translation

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how can I activate win 8, I tried everything every activation and I still get the message that there is no kms server on my cpu, or it cant find one please help me, I Have win 8 build9200 enterprise

Ok so now can someone contact Belarus Customs and ask them what kms host key did they use? I'm trying to find for the kms host key to create my own server. So everybody can activate windows 8. Thanks in advance.

Im sick of hearing people say "well switch to Linux" and "2013 is the year of Linux" no it isn't Windows will always be the MOST popular, doesn't mean its the best but the most popular. This a Windows/MS news site if you don't like it, go hangout at DistroWatch

Im running Windows 8 now, its weird and I don't like it, yet.

nicknowsky said,
Im sick of hearing people say "well switch to Linux" and "2013 is the year of Linux" no it isn't Windows will always be the MOST popular, doesn't mean its the best but the most popular. This a Windows/MS news site if you don't like it, go hangout at DistroWatch

Im running Windows 8 now, its weird and I don't like it, yet.

Every year since 1999 has been the "year of Linux".
http://www.daniweb.com/hardwar...e-year-of-the-linux-desktop
http://www.netmarketshare.com/os-market-share.aspx?qprid=9

well one person brought it up so..
and he made a pretty related to the story point about it too
he wasn't in no way just advertising linux for the sake of it.

Could they turn it on back and let me get a quickie? The activation watermark is frustrating! It is covering my porn!

Mr. Dee said,
Could they turn it on back and let me get a quickie? The activation watermark is frustrating! It is covering my porn!

Just restart explorer or better yet, make a task schedule to restart explorer every 3 hours.

Common sense it is that if they really block every otherway of getting it cracked and enforce purchase or dont use policy, Windows Share world wide will fall drastically and more and more people will start to discover the wonders of Linux and thus slowly taking the lime light off from MS and reducing people's dependency of their so called great OS.

More and more individuals get familiar with Linux and other Open source platform, more development will be put into their IU and make them more and more user friendly. And all of a sudden MS will find corporate users are inching towards these platform since work force coming in is already educated with that platform hence there is no need to spend more for paid OS.

So its quite natural to think, is not it MS them self always leaves a back door open for attracting these free users who ultimately contributes to keep MS shares on top and help them hold on to the business market also ??

Choto Cheeta said,
Common sense it is that if they really block every otherway of getting it cracked and enforce purchase or dont use policy, Windows Share world wide will fall drastically and more and more people will start to discover the wonders of Linux and thus slowly taking the lime light off from MS and reducing people's dependency of their so called great OS.

More and more individuals get familiar with Linux and other Open source platform, more development will be put into their IU and make them more and more user friendly. And all of a sudden MS will find corporate users are inching towards these platform since work force coming in is already educated with that platform hence there is no need to spend more for paid OS.

So its quite natural to think, is not it MS them self always leaves a back door open for attracting these free users who ultimately contributes to keep MS shares on top and help them hold on to the business market also ??

Nag, they will just stay with 7.

True. For home use, If I've paid for an OS once, I use that OS on my other home machines guilt and charge free.

The only thing that might change that is I have 2 older laptops that if they can benefit from W8, I'll buy ONE full copy for them. But only after I've tested them first and unless the difference is drastic, I'm staying on 7.

To this end, I'm confident there will be a very usable solution in place, but for once M$ got it right by kicking the price down, if it was under $40 I wouldn't even bother looking for a "solution"

Tekkerson said,

Great. I'm tired of getting bugged by the constant activation message.

There are ways of activating it still but yeah not long to go now so. ;D