As I wrote many times, Windows 7 (and Windows Vista before) is incredibly popular software, which is the fact. But I think Microsoft deliberately makes it available for crackers in a very hidden way. By doing this, Microsoft can kill two birds with one shot: people who buy software and the ones who don’t — both run the latest superior operating system — Windows 7. My point — one population will never merge with another one completely, so if you really restrict the illegal use, you will loose the other half. You’re only interested when everybody is using your software, because then there will be no real alternative. Linux? It is a free headache in short. Apple? That is a good example of those who want to exclude the dark side. Pirated Leopard is a very rare animal. Result? Look at their market share. Microsoft makes it in a very wise way: they say they fight piracy and they do, but in reality they leave back door open. So, you could ask: Well, how about that activation stuff and genuine software program? That really works, however the workaround is very simple.
The idea has become possible due to specific OEM activation mechanism (SLP): If the OS can match three things together (OEM information in SLIC table from BIOS + digital certificate (file) + product number), then the activation happens automatically and instantly. The first part is the most tricky one, because it is hardware driven, i.e. depends on PC manufacturer, all the rest can be simply copied, given the System Locked Preinstallation keys are common for one OEM (ASUS could use one product key for many-many computers, for instance). So what hackers did, they introduced a program loader that puts appropriate OEM info into memory before Windows boots.
Here is a very good explanation of the method, ironically called The Official Windows 7 Repository. Let me quote: “Activators, also known as loaders, add a script on the boot partition (Linux Grub boot loader (GRLDR)) which will put OEM information (SLIC 2.1) into memory before Windows starts. This way Windows thinks that the SLIC 2.1 come from the BIOS (which is false). Activators also install a certificate and an OEM SLP key to activate Windows”.
Windows Loader by Daz is the most popular activator which is kept steadily updated (last version is 1.9.2)
Look at the features and other details below. It is amazing! I mean the level of elaboration here is compared with Microsoft-type project approach:
•Can be run as a standalone application •Works well with all system languages •Argument support for silent installs •Can be used for pre-activation •Application integrity checking •Custom error handling •Support for hidden partitions and complex setups •Can work alongside Linux's GRUB or any other boot manager •Works with TrueCrypt and many other types of hard drive encryption applications •Add your own certificates and serials externally •Offers certificate and serial installation only for users with an existing SLIC 2.1 •Automated system profiling (The application matches everything up for you)
The rundown •This will run on x86 and x64 systems •This can activate all Windows versions at the same time, just install it on each •No core system files get modified •No extra processes are run so you have nothing eating at your RAM •All key parts of the exploit are encrypted with a custom encryption •The exploit runs before Windows so it's harder for Microsoft to prevent •The exploit patches all necessary tables making activation look authentic •The application will select the best profile for your system during installation •Each and every user has a unique version of the exploit installed on his/her system
Supported operating systems •Windows 7 Ultimate •Windows 7 Professional •Windows 7 Home Premium •Windows 7 Home Basic •Windows 7 Starter •Windows Vista Ultimate •Windows Vista Business •Windows Vista Business N •Windows Vista Home Premium •Windows Vista Home Basic •Windows Vista Home Basic N •Windows Vista Starter •Windows Server 2008 R2: Enterprise •Windows Server 2008 R2: Standard •Windows Server 2008 R2: Foundation •Windows Server 2008: Enterprise •Windows Server 2008: Standard •Windows Server 2008: Foundation •Windows Small Business Server 2008
And finally here’s a nice about notice:
“About DAZ loader: This is the loader application that’s used by millions of people worldwide, well known for passing Microsoft’s WAT (Windows Activation Technologies) and is arguably the safest Windows activation exploit ever created. The application itself injects a SLIC (Software Licensing Description Table) into your system before Windows boots, this is what fools Windows into thinking it’s genuine”.