MS to Crack Down on Pirated Win7 with Toolkit Release


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Microsoft is releasing a set of tools aimed at detecting and undoing attempts to bypass Windows 7 anti-piracy checks. It's mostly meant for corporate networks, but the release is also intended as a security warning.

The toolset is an update for Windows Activation Technologies, one of the systems which checks that a copy of Windows 7 is legitimate. The update will search for and eliminate 70 known tactics for attempting to bypass these checks. (Source:

Microsoft Touts Antipiracy Tools

Obviously, anyone who is knowingly using a pirated copy of Windows 7 is not going to install and use these tools. Instead, Microsoft is promoting the toolkit mainly for administrators of company networks who can't be sure if an employee has installed a pirated edition of Windows 7 on their network. The same could also apply to networks in educational establishments.



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Hello reghakr,
I would not recommend downloading Windows 7 from any other site than the Official Microsoft Sites.
Additionally, it's always best to make sure you have a genuine version of Windows 7, this will entitle you to recieve updates and support from Microsoft with Genuine Advantage.
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"Microsoft Genuine Advantage programs, including Windows Genuine Advantage, help you determine whether or not your copy of Windows is genuine. Genuine Windows software is published by Microsoft, properly licensed, and supported by Microsoft or an authorized partner, giving you full capabilities, access to all the latest updates, and confidence that you are getting the experience you expect. Microsoft continues to invest in education, engineering, and enforcement in order to more effectively combat software piracy. It’s part of Microsoft’s commitment to help protect its intellectual property and to help you avoid problems before they happen."
Please make sure that you have a officially licensed microsoft product which can be ordered directly from Microsoft and Authorized Resellers:
Windows 7: Get ready to buy Windows 7 for your own PC or a new one
John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team


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Hello John,

I am not implying in any way that people download Windows 7 illegally.

This is simply a news story.