Windows 8 RTM leaked ISOs have been cracked

Image sent into Neowin showing successful activation.

It only took a few days, but all of the Windows 8 RTM editions leaked by AngelWZR have now been cracked, allowing people who have downloaded and installed them to activate Windows, if they know where to look.

The crack bypasses the Microsoft KMS servers which allows for 180 days before it needs to check it against a valid server again, AngelWZR posted the evidence on yfrog showing a customized Start screen. An image (shown above) showing post activation and Windows Experience Index (WEI) had been completed was also submitted to Neowin.

Up until this news, the leaks allowed people to run Windows 8 in "notification mode" which meant that every so often, a reminder would show up telling the user to activate Windows.

The first leak came a day after Microsoft handed over Windows 8 RTM bits to OEMs, and was the Enterprise "N" edition which is sold in Europe without Windows Media Player. Then yesterday four more ISOs leaked, first of all both x86 and x64 versions of Enterprise, followed later by the Professional version of Windows 8 which replaces the "Ultimate" SKU of Windows, used for Vista and 7. These were said to be untouched images directly from Microsoft, whereas the first leak was a modified image with an embedded volume license key.

Obviously we won't post details of that process here, and we would ask that people don't do so in the comments either.

But wait..

If the more recent news is to be believed, people who have "tested" the RTM leaked versions may still want to dig into their pockets for a genuine version of Windows 8 Professional when it becomes available, because it might only cost around $70 dollars.

Thanks for the tip, he who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Stephen Charchuk said,
When will Microsoft learn that activation is a waste of time and resources and only ever adversely affected legal owners.

Meh, not upgrading so yet.

Stephen Charchuk said,
When will Microsoft learn that activation is a waste of time and resources and only ever adversely affected legal owners.

Well it's sure going to annoy the hell out of 1 Billion Chinese used to being able to install an OEM license of Windows 7 without paying for it.....

I can see, in the near future, a couple of thousand of guys, with their computers half working, after m$ ban that key...

Kratzie said,
Ok, So how will this method of activating affect my real activation late October.?

Well, if you upgraded and you have had any licence keys/128 days you'll be continue using the un-activated version util you provide a key and the server will check it.

Windows 8 RTM leaked ISOs have been cracked

after just testing out the leaked RTM a few moments ago they pretty much ruined Windows as everything is just too different from Windows 7 which doing stuff just seems to be more of a chore for the sake of some 'semi-cool looking interface'. it's like they sucked the life out of what 'desktop' they have left and that over simplified look with the main interface does not work well for Desktop users as that's more for simple devices. basically everything has become more of a chore to use. plus i imagine re-learning stuff is not going to be fun either.

i won't be dumping Windows 7 anytime soon to say the least even if i could get Windows 8 100percent free, legit or not, i would still probably not bother with it especially on a Desktop PC.

ThaCrip said,

i won't be dumping Windows 7 anytime soon to say the least even if i could get Windows 8 100percent free, legit or not, i would still probably not bother with it especially on a Desktop PC.

Thats the thing, the desktop app feels so life less, cold and ugh! Windows 7 just feels more elegant.

Mr. Dee said,

Thats the thing, the desktop app feels so life less, cold and ugh! Windows 7 just feels more elegant.

Just wish a hammer was in the plum of my hand waiting to smash my 14 inch tablet tv screen. Don't even brother with it.

I would go as far as to say the story is misleading "Windows 8 RTM leaked ISOs" this isn't really a crack AND it is very iffy as to how long it will last. It seems as though it would be very simple for MS to detect your activation is false.

I had to get it, want to get my review out before Thurrott. Remember, this is an Olympics for many of us in some sense. If it means getting performance enhancing drugs to get ahead (aka KMS crack), then so be it!

You want me to pay for the OS ?

I want a legal contract saying i have unlimited legal automatic activations.
I don't want to have to make long distance calls to tech support so i can
get my OS re-activated after reformatting my drive or changing hardware..
If i remember correctly XP was 5 activations then you had to phone in etc.

And many people will tell you they get the 3rd degree and attitude and questions
(they think your a pirate or something) when calling Microsoft about getting a new CD key or re doing an activation.
Why should paying customers be treated like possible thieves ?

If i buy it then its mine, I'm not renting it for 5 activations !

I am Not PCyr said,
You want me to pay for the OS ?

I want a legal contract saying i have unlimited legal automatic activations.
I don't want to have to make long distance calls to tech support so i can
get my OS re-activated after reformatting my drive or changing hardware..
If i remember correctly XP was 5 activations then you had to phone in etc.

And many people will tell you they get the 3rd degree and attitude and questions
(they think your a pirate or something) when calling Microsoft about getting a new CD key or re doing an activation.
Why should paying customers be treated like possible thieves ?

If i buy it then its mine, I'm not renting it for 5 activations !

with XP and Vista, if you waited long enough you could re-use your keys again. I had a key that i used too much and had to call in once to activate....I ended up using it like a year or two later on my moms computer after I upgraded to 7, and I was able to activate it.

Also, here's an idea. Create a bare-metal clone of your machine once it's setup. That way you can restore to different hardware. That, or use sys-prep, though I think sysprep requires a re-activation.

I am Not PCyr said,
You want me to pay for the OS ?

I want a legal contract saying i have unlimited legal automatic activations.
I don't want to have to make long distance calls to tech support so i can
get my OS re-activated after reformatting my drive or changing hardware..
If i remember correctly XP was 5 activations then you had to phone in etc.

And many people will tell you they get the 3rd degree and attitude and questions
(they think your a pirate or something) when calling Microsoft about getting a new CD key or re doing an activation.
Why should paying customers be treated like possible thieves ?

If i buy it then its mine, I'm not renting it for 5 activations !

That's how it goes with software licensing, dude. Been that way for ages. You are buying the right to use it, not own it.

COKid said,

That's how it goes with software licensing, dude. Been that way for ages. You are buying the right to use it, not own it.

tell me about it.. i started playing PC games on cassette tapes in the 80's
i'm familiar with how software works lol

you jumped right over the point i made
Fair use and restrictions.
Care to make a proper reply ?

I am Not PCyr said,

tell me about it.. i started playing PC games on cassette tapes in the 80's
i'm familiar with how software works lol

you jumped right over the point i made
Fair use and restrictions.
Care to make a proper reply ?

Upgrading an OS and installing an OS is a big gap between it. Cassette tapes don;t even count lol. Microsoft will run a server that checks your activation, might been hidden it in the metro apps like settings, who knows.

Until then, i'm not going to be brothered with Windows 8 anytime soon.

first of all this isnt a crack. its activating the os with a kms server using a stolen key. theres a few problems with this.

1.will the server still be there after 180 days?

2. only works with vl editions of windows,which means no media foundation stack. all media apps in the windows store,or any media apps relying on media foundation dont work.

3. microsoft will probably ban your ass from the windows store once they detect your activation is using a stolen key.

4.no os updates for you.

vcfan said,
first of all this isnt a crack. its activating the os with a kms server using a stolen key. theres a few problems with this.

1.will the server still be there after 180 days?

2. only works with vl editions of windows,which means no media foundation stack. all media apps in the windows store,or any media apps relying on media foundation dont work.

3. microsoft will probably ban your ass from the windows store once they detect your activation is using a stolen key.

4.no os updates for you.

Umm....

1. It does not matter because there will be newer activation methods.

2. There are no other keys leaked yet. When they are, everything will work as fine.

3. Not necessarily if the activation methods work correctly.

4. You can receive updates.

Jose_49 said,

Umm....

1. It does not matter because there will be newer activation methods.

2. There are no other keys leaked yet. When they are, everything will work as fine.

3. Not necessarily if the activation methods work correctly.

4. You can receive updates.

1.you dont know if other activation methods will surface,so stfu.

2.other keys for other versions of windows need activation through the internet,which will be blacklisted. kms only works on vl editions. there are no more volume keys to oems,each machine has a unique key. you bet your ass they will be blacklisted.

3.the windows store will most likely verify your activation to know if youre using a blacklisted key, just like wga did before you were able to download anything from the microsoft site.

4. check 3, wga checked for validity,windows 8 update will do the same. you wont get os updates,just critical bug fixes

vcfan said,

1.you dont know if other activation methods will surface,so stfu.

2.other keys for other versions of windows need activation through the internet,which will be blacklisted. kms only works on vl editions. there are no more volume keys to oems,each machine has a unique key. you bet your ass they will be blacklisted.

3.the windows store will most likely verify your activation to know if youre using a blacklisted key, just like wga did before you were able to download anything from the microsoft site.

4. check 3, wga checked for validity,windows 8 update will do the same. you wont get os updates,just critical bug fixes

1. An offline/local KMS server is in the works.

2, 3, 4. Ye of little faith.

DARKFiB3R said,

1. An offline/local KMS server is in the works.

2, 3, 4. Ye of little faith.

doesnt matter if its online or offline,you still need a valid key.

and windows 8 is different,a big component of the os is services,such as the store,which could validate your activation,and you can get a ban, ala xbox live ban. then what would be the point of using the os?

vcfan said,
first of all this isnt a crack. its activating the os with a kms server using a stolen key. theres a few problems with this.

1.will the server still be there after 180 days?

2. only works with vl editions of windows,which means no media foundation stack. all media apps in the windows store,or any media apps relying on media foundation dont work.

3. microsoft will probably ban your ass from the windows store once they detect your activation is using a stolen key.

4.no os updates for you.

it does work for non-VL

vcfan said,

1.you dont know if other activation methods will surface,so stfu.

2.other keys for other versions of windows need activation through the internet,which will be blacklisted. kms only works on vl editions. there are no more volume keys to oems,each machine has a unique key. you bet your ass they will be blacklisted.

3.the windows store will most likely verify your activation to know if youre using a blacklisted key, just like wga did before you were able to download anything from the microsoft site.

4. check 3, wga checked for validity,windows 8 update will do the same. you wont get os updates,just critical bug fixes

doubt MS going to use heavy handed tactics

they went the people using the new Metro platform asap

maybe down the road two years later

vcfan said,

doesnt matter if its online or offline,you still need a valid key.

and windows 8 is different,a big component of the os is services,such as the store,which could validate your activation,and you can get a ban, ala xbox live ban. then what would be the point of using the os?


You asked if the server would still be there is 180 days. I answered that.

I do stuff that is far more likely to get me an xbox live ban. So far so good, but I understand those risks, and choose to play with fire. It's in my nature to tinker with stuff.

People like me very rarely need a "point". Just doing it for the lulz.

vcfan said,
first of all this isnt a crack. its activating the os with a kms server using a stolen key. theres a few problems with this.

1.will the server still be there after 180 days?

2. only works with vl editions of windows,which means no media foundation stack. all media apps in the windows store,or any media apps relying on media foundation dont work.

3. microsoft will probably ban your ass from the windows store once they detect your activation is using a stolen key.

4.no os updates for you.

You see, the activation method might be the same as the previous previews. But now they've introduced a new method of activation that might end up like Windows 7 Home Premium. I don't really care about servers and all that whole bunch stuff.

If that was such a problem for you, then you can always ring up Microsoft and do an update or activatation.

I understand the masses of people wanting MS to just allow us to buy keys and activate Win 8 now. But then they would have to provide support now vs. the release date and I am sure they are not ready for that yet.

uliandim said,
I think that here you can find what you are searching for - http://bit.ly/NeYyTm

I already have all the info for kms I am just saying that MS should allow people to buys keys now and not have to wait until Oct 26 or Aug 15 for TechNet, etc.

---------------------------
Windows Script Host
---------------------------

Name: Windows(R), EnterpriseN edition
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Partial Product Key: X2BQT
License Status: Licensed
Volume activation expiration: 259200 minute(s) (180 day(s))
Configured Activation Type: All

Most recent activation information:
Key Management Service client information
Client Machine ID (CMID): xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Registered KMS machine name: kms-c.no-ip.org:1688
KMS machine extended PID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Activation interval: 120 minutes
Renewal interval: 43200 minutes

KMS host caching is enabled


---------------------------
OK
---------------------------


180 Days though

MS should allow people to buy keys now. I know I would purchase 3 keys for my 3 pcs now if they were available. I agree that an upgrade price of $40 and $70 for a full install is very reasonable. Many people would have already purchased keys today before this kms hack came out. Now a good portion of these people will now say why bother. MS had to know that the iso's would leak and people would install win8.

I agree. I would buy if they released it tomorrow. I was trying to find a way of using the RTM version that's floating around but with a valid key, when I can buy one, but can't think of one unless someone else can?

I don't see anything wrong with getting this version, then adding a valid key when you purchase one (or get from MSDN). It's not any different from running the preview versions, the intent of those was to allow users to run Win 8 before the final was released, at which point they would buy it. This is exactly similar to that.

MS could have avoided this with an explicit 30-45 day trial period, since most people are in fact going to purchase a valid copy. They just want it now!

Ill grab the leaked copy then when becomes available ill buy the geniune OS so theres no need to crack anything since W8 (according to neowin) will be that cheap

I use the Start Menu in Windows 7 to acces my Documents,Computer,Games all the time while keeping my desktop background clean of shortcuts.However I can managed to work my way without the "deceased" menu in Windows 8 by using the taskbar shortcut of Explorer-not a big deal , neither an improvement.Concerning the cracked Windows editions , hackers are brainstorming already and the results will be observed soon.I don't support piracy but in poor countries some of the prices are high I might say.If M$ Windows editions and versions would be immune to cracks , its share covering the market would be low I tell you.

deadheadline said,
I use the Start Menu in Windows 7 to acces my Documents,Computer,Games all the time while keeping my desktop background clean of shortcuts.However I can managed to work my way without the "deceased" menu in Windows 8 by using the taskbar shortcut of Explorer-not a big deal , neither an improvement.Concerning the cracked Windows editions , hackers are brainstorming already and the results will be observed soon.I don't support piracy but in poor countries some of the prices are high I might say.If M$ Windows editions and versions would be immune to cracks , its share covering the market would be low I tell you.

I used to do the same as you with the Windows 7 Start menu until I started using Keyboard shortcuts and typing in what I wanted in the Start screen. Seems to be faster for me if I do it this way now.

Well it is some years behind many other countries but still I was talking about Poor countries with very low wages,where 40$ count more then you would know and the piracy touched high levels.You must be real bored to criticize my words .Also please don't talk things regarding a specific country like mine or others.Have a pleasing night.

Joshie said,
How many years in the past is your poor country I wonder, if you're still typing things like 'M$'.

deadheadline said,
Well it is some years behind many other countries but still I was talking about Poor countries with very low wages,where 40$ count more then you would know and the piracy touched high levels.You must be real bored to criticize my words .Also please don't talk things regarding a specific country like mine or others.Have a pleasing night.

Sorry brew, but people type things like 'M$' to instigate. Don't instigate and then tell people not to bite. You aren't exactly walking the high road here.

Joshie said,
How many years in the past is your poor country I wonder, if you're still typing things like 'M$'.

That is true - it always seems to be backwards countries that use the 'dollar' as a currency...

great more annoying for OEM, customers and legit people....

Hackers and pirates got away from all the annoyance from day 1....

When software companies start valuing its customers instead of putting more ways to annoy them... people would prefer legit options instead of hassle free piracy.

eilegz said,
great more annoying for OEM, customers and legit people....

Hackers and pirates got away from all the annoyance from day 1....

When software companies start valuing its customers instead of putting more ways to annoy them... people would prefer legit options instead of hassle free piracy.

Yeah, how dare a publicly traded company be concerned about profits for their shareholders. The NERVE

I wonder if once you do this, you can convert it back to a retail key once Technet/MSDN keys are released, anyone know?

xendrome said,
I wonder if once you do this, you can convert it back to a retail key once Technet/MSDN keys are released, anyone know?

yes you can, just re-activate using your new key

xendrome said,
I wonder if once you do this, you can convert it back to a retail key once Technet/MSDN keys are released, anyone know?

I am betting on it.

All this is going to do is make MS lock the install/activation process down even more and make life for paying customers that much harder. Unfortunately, the only people MS will be hurting by increased restrictions are the paying customers. The crackers will simply move to crack B and laugh it off.

Now, if the same group can come up with a Registry hack to give users the Windows-7 login/Start button interface to use with the alleged speed and security enhancements of Windows-8, just possibly, Windows-8 could become a hit.

neonspark said,
yeah I want to run windows that I got from a torrent. I'm sure there are no rootkits in it.

torrent hash
+
msdn hash
= no rootkit

yeah jeez buddy how long have you been using a PC ?
Start with the basics before tell'in everyone "how it is" on tech / news sites lol

I am Not PCyr said,

torrent hash
+
msdn hash
= no rootkit

yeah jeez buddy how long have you been using a PC ?
Start with the basics before tell'in everyone "how it is" on tech / news sites lol

But these iso's are not on msdn yet. At the end of the day, you are relying on information from other people who claim the iso's are not touched. Not saying they are, just saying that caution is warrented.

Ci7 said,
Microsoft would be mad now

No, they are not. And using a KMS server means you get 180 days of grace, nothing more.

ThePitt said,

No, they are not. And using a KMS server means you get 180 days of grace, nothing more.

wrong.
Google KMS activation

why can't you guys do your homework before spouting off false info ?

I am Not PCyr said,

wrong.
Google KMS activation

why can't you guys do your homework before spouting off false info ?

A KMS-activated copy of Windows has to "check in" at least every 180 days. So no, you're wrong.

Bern@rd said,
My God, just buy it, geez! What's $40 to you, dinner and a movie?

I think we'd all like to and all plan to, but that involves waiting, we are impatient.

Bern@rd said,
My God, just buy it, geez! What's $40 to you, dinner and a movie?

Good point! I may or may not use the leak until it becomes available to buy, but I will be buying it for 4 or 5 computers at that price.

Bern@rd said,
My God, just buy it, geez! What's $40 to you, dinner and a movie?

you can't legally get a key yet

when they launch Win8 gonna get mine

70$ is cheap

Bern@rd said,
My God, just buy it, geez! What's $40 to you, dinner and a movie?

Why don't you give me the money ?
I have more important things to do with my cash.

I wonder how many here are gonna have Mom and Dad pay for it
and then come in here and get self righteous with us all lol

I am Not PCyr said,

Why don't you give me the money ?
I have more important things to do with my cash.

I wonder how many here are gonna have Mom and Dad pay for it
and then come in here and get self righteous with us all lol

You're an idiot. Stop using commercial, for-pay software then. There's an entire movement dedicated to providing free alternatives, you know.

Not paying for this is STEALING. Simply put.

BoDEAN said,
BTW, just get the ENTERPRISE version, then you don't need to worry about 180 expiration

all KMS activations are 180, regardless of whether it's on Pro or Enterprise

Surprised we can talk about WAREZ on neowin now...............in the past BAN WAVES came when we spoke of such things...time to hit the forums I guess

I don't understand why people can't just buy something that they will be using nearly everyday. It's really just unfair to all of these companies that put so much work into their software and programs.

Agreed, are people that cheap that they can't spare $40 for something they'll be using for at least 3 years? That's quite a steal!

aviator189 said,
I don't understand why people can't just buy something that they will be using nearly everyday. It's really just unfair to all of these companies that put so much work into their software and programs.

It think such people deserve the rootkit that all these torrented windows ISOs come with

aviator189 said,
I don't understand why people can't just buy something that they will be using nearly everyday. It's really just unfair to all of these companies that put so much work into their software and programs.

A lot of the people interested in this are those that are going to be buying it but want to start running it immediately. If people could buy a serial key now they would, as you only have to look at the other Neowin article to see that.

theyarecomingforyou said,

A lot of the people interested in this are those that are going to be buying it but want to start running it immediately. If people could buy a serial key now they would, as you only have to look at the other Neowin article to see that.

That is my case. Rather than stick with the release preview, it is nice to use the final more refined code. I will use it "activated" until I can legally and safely purchase a key from Microsoft directly. You cannot do that now.

After using Windows Vista, i switched to Mac but when Windows 7 was released, i felt really bad as OSX wasn't that great but now after using Windows 8, i feel i made a good decision then. Running Windows 8 in Vmware to sync my Zune and other devices which need Windows. I'm not liking it one bit. I think I will be going back to Windows 7.

MS -1 Pirates +1, Like I said yesterday in the other news blog about new OEM activation " We all know by now how this is going to end"

Adnan Memija said,
Not all, Professional with WMC is missing... the problem is the retail key... can't be activated...

The Retail ones can be changed to a VL key and then done, no details here but it's possible.

StandingInAlley said,
Atleast hide the kms server in the screenshot. One doesn't even need to find out how to activate when the kms server has been mentioned.

Yup. And it does work. I do not feel too bad about doing this since I want to buy it when I can anyways. Using 8, it is hard to go back to 7!

Though I wonder if I have to reinstall once I get my real retail key, probably.

Even though you clearly state in the article to not post guides/links, I think it's best for you to avoid posting news about stuff being cracked on your front page - it's disrespectful to say the least. Leave this stuff for the forums, no?

Tested with one in VirtualBox environment. Will update legitimate from Aug 15 onwards, since I have Technet account.
Experiences with Win 8 are quite OK I must say...

Jason_Coffey said,
I would not waste my time downloading an ISO of this crap much less install it on my PC.. Windows 7 for me I guess.

Leave it to the pros to update.

Jason_Coffey said,
I would not waste my time downloading an ISO of this crap much less install it on my PC.. Windows 7 for me I guess.

Hey just curious, and I'm honestly not being a dick, although I'm capable of that . But I would like to know how many times a day you use the Start menu in Win7 and what you mostly use it for? I find it incredibly easy to ignore Metro all day long in my average work day. I'm curious about at what point you find yourself "dropped" into it during an average work day? thanks...

jf

I use the start menu A LOT throughout the day. I use it to open programs (I don't like pinning a ton of crap) and opening up certain things. A lot of times I don't remember the name, so it's easier to click through.

LUTZIFER said,

Lol! Windows 8 looks like it was designed for n00bs.

Also known as over 98% of all people. Simplicity is key to mainstream adoption. Look at the iPad/iPhone, amazing devices & are extremely easy to use.

LUTZIFER said,

Lol! Windows 8 looks like it was designed for n00bs.

what does this line even mean? it's filled with so much stupidity I can't even fathom where to begin...

Tekkerson said,

Leave it to the pros to update.


most "pros" as you put it (e.g. people who work in the industry) arnt touching it with a bargepole m8.

I won't deny getting a leaked copy, but I will have legit keys in 2 weeks to activate properly. I am just impatient to be honest!

yeoo_andy_ni said,
I won't deny getting a leaked copy, but I will have legit keys in 2 weeks to activate properly. I am just impatient to be honest!

+1
Same here

yeoo_andy_ni said,
I won't deny getting a leaked copy, but I will have legit keys in 2 weeks to activate properly. I am just impatient to be honest!

Agree here, nice to get it activated beforehand.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
I won't deny getting a leaked copy, but I will have legit keys in 2 weeks to activate properly. I am just impatient to be honest!

My keys worked well

An iso is an iso right?

I don't really understand posts like these. I know Neowin claims it doesn't advocate piracy, but by dropping news like this, aren't you indirectly informing pirates that they can now find cracked copies of Windows online?

FrozenEclipse said,
I don't really understand posts like these. I know Neowin claims it doesn't advocate piracy, but by dropping news like this, aren't you indirectly informing pirates that they can now find cracked copies of Windows online?

You're confusing advocating piracy with news ABOUT piracy.

Advocating means you provide some steps or information about the process of cracking the software...

FrozenEclipse said,
I don't really understand posts like these. I know Neowin claims it doesn't advocate piracy, but by dropping news like this, aren't you indirectly informing pirates that they can now find cracked copies of Windows online?
Yeah, bring back the dark age and keep everybody in the dark. People only deserve to know the "light side" of the news.

FrozenEclipse said,
I don't really understand posts like these. I know Neowin claims it doesn't advocate piracy, but by dropping news like this, aren't you indirectly informing pirates that they can now find cracked copies of Windows online?

if you were going to pirate windows, any info here wouldn't be needed....

Tekkerson said,

You're confusing advocating piracy with news ABOUT piracy.

Advocating means you provide some steps or information about the process of cracking the software...

fine fine line.

FrozenEclipse said,
I don't really understand posts like these. I know Neowin claims it doesn't advocate piracy, but by dropping news like this, aren't you indirectly informing pirates that they can now find cracked copies of Windows online?

So you would rather have us uninformed?
This is what we visit neowin for. This is why their motto is "where unprofessional journalism looks better", and I love em for it.

Using a pirated KMS server is going to get you activated for 180 days, then it has to check back in some how, what if that server isn't active then..

xendrome said,
Using a pirated KMS server is going to get you activated for 180 days, then it has to check back in some how, what if that server isn't active then..

It's easier and safer to rearm it yourself.

xendrome said,
Using a pirated KMS server is going to get you activated for 180 days, then it has to check back in some how, what if that server isn't active then..

you run the KMS server again. Office 2010 VLK has been using this type of crack for ages.

xendrome said,
Using a pirated KMS server is going to get you activated for 180 days, then it has to check back in some how, what if that server isn't active then..

As long as it works until the official release I'm not complaining.

FalseAgent said,

you run the KMS server again. Office 2010 VLK has been using this type of crack for ages.

The KMS server they have is running on a no-ip address, so it's a remote KMS server, who's to say it works in 180 days... and isn't shut down by then

limok said,

As long as it works until the official release I'm not complaining.

So go through the hassle of remembering to re-arm every 180 days and risk the chance that MS will change something to kill your install OR pay $40 for an upgrade.

If you don't think the products companies are selling are worth paying for, then don't use them. For an OS just install a Linux distro and leave it at that because odds are people that don't want to pay for an OS don't really want to pay for any software.

webdev511 said,

So go through the hassle of remembering to re-arm every 180 days and risk the chance that MS will change something to kill your install OR pay $40 for an upgrade.

If you don't think the products companies are selling are worth paying for, then don't use them. For an OS just install a Linux distro and leave it at that because odds are people that don't want to pay for an OS don't really want to pay for any software.

No, what I'm saying is that until W8 is released (which is in a couple months time) I'll be using this, then when it's out I'll purchase a license.

limok said,

No, what I'm saying is that until W8 is released (which is in a couple months time) I'll be using this, then when it's out I'll purchase a license.

I am with you on this. Do you think we can just enter our purchased key then, or do a clean install? Probably safer to do a reinstall.

ObiWanToby said,

I am with you on this. Do you think we can just enter our purchased key then, or do a clean install? Probably safer to do a reinstall.

You should be able to enter in a new key, provided it's the same version.

briangw said,

You should be able to enter in a new key, provided it's the same version.

Provided there are no repercussions of this. I'll gladly pay when Microsoft opens the store up for legit keys, that is for sure!

xendrome said,
Using a pirated KMS server is going to get you activated for 180 days, then it has to check back in some how, what if that server isn't active then..

sounds more like extending the activation grace period before the 30 days is up... something I did when I installed 7 Pro on my old desktop while I waited for my Amazon order to get here.

xendrome said,
Using a pirated KMS server is going to get you activated for 180 days, then it has to check back in some how, what if that server isn't active then..

if im not mistaken the KMS server is on YOUR computer.
So unless you remove it the server isn't going anywhere..
hence activation forever.
And you don't need to run it in the background either
just turn it on and re-activate every 179 days