Loophole enables anyone to get a Windows 8 license for free

By Jos ยท 73 replies
Nov 21, 2012
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    I'm going to stick with the virtually endless string of naked slavic beauties on my Win 7 desktop. People can use the Fisher-Price set of blocks on Metro, if that's what fires their imaginations.

    If my HDD Win 7 install doesn't boot as fast as as a Win 8 with SSD, no problem. I just consider it "foreplay".
    wildrage, magaman598 and Lurker101 like this.
  2. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    Can anyone confirm this?
  3. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Well I am at work, so I guess It's fitting.Didn't come off as a joke, but I guess many things don't on the net. And I just offered it as a opposing opinion, I wasn't really serious...as it wouldn't be my money being hurt. That's just something I'd expect warez-here.com(random name don't know if it's real) would do.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    Well, they took away my beloved, "rolleyes" emoticon, which was my "tell".

    Why can't just you conform with your co-workers, and surf for pr0n during working hours?

    Getting bogged down in an internalized ethical dilemma, does no one any good, and in extreme cases, could lead to temporary impotence.

    All kidding aside, the emoticons in this software all look alike to me. They pretty much share the same expression as someone who just sat on their own thumb, and doesn't know whether to enjoy the rush, or make a mad dash to the nearest confessional. (Phew, talk about ethical and moral dilemmas),

    What are you still doing at work anyway? Don't you have a headache to fake, and a turkey to buy?
  6. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    @ captn. Well we're the relatives that the entire family seems to converge upon come the holidays, so there isn't much hustle and bustle for me this holiday season. A bunch of us opted to take a non-traditional holiday off earlier this year. We'll be off thursday and friday just not today.

    Christmas time though, a entirely different story.
  7. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    OR... MS doesn't say anything about it being a "free" copy in hopes it boost sales in the Apps dept.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    In all reality, Windows didn't come with "WGA"s as part of its feature set. It was added later.

    With that said, I'm going to cling to my conspiracy theory, and I extend a joyous invitation for you to join me in paranoiaville, by clinging to yours also.

    We can have, "separate but equal" conspiracy theories.

    People are going to start paying for Windows apps? What the hell is this world coming to?
  9. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Ok, so what is the product key to install Windows 8 RTM for x64? I'm at a standstill trying to install this in a vm.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    I'm getting that you don't need one from reading the full news article. You need the key to the Media Center add-on. (Big question mark there & a couple :confused: :(s for good measure).
  11. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Great comeback, bravo sir.

    I want to try out W8 but, doubt il stay with it long, W7 till W9 unless W9 will blow.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    Just a thought, but wouldn't Windows 9 be almost guaranteed to blow even more, if people take to liking Windows 8. If M$ thinks they can get away with it, they're liable to bring 9 out sooner, given a public outcry for it.
  13. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    That's how I took it as well, however, I'm stuck on the "Enter the product key to activate Windows" screen.

    I heard windows 9 would be in RP next week.
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    peperonikiller Win7 and Win8 have the same kernels as the server variants. Server does not have MCE though. I use Win7 Ultimate as a file server (smb & ftp) and media centre. Depends really on what the other poster was referring to when they say "server".
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

  16. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Yeah, I tried that. I found 3 keys to try, though none of them worked. I remember reading something on TS about it a while back, though I got tired of looking. Logic tells me that TS would post something about it on the Win 8 RTM download page they linked to in the article, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    At this point in space in time, isn't it possible that good old M$ isn't as far out of the loop as this article would lead you to believe? I couldn't find a trial of 8 anywhere on their site.That's not to say it wasn't there, I'm just fessing up to my own incompetence
  18. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I've considered the same thing, and have come to the same conclusion. Oh well... NASFWG
  19. To be fair, I think MS is well aware of this exploit and couldnt care less about it. The goal is simply expose W8 to as many people as possible and make big bucks from Windows Store once paid apps start rolling.

    Similar to Google's strategy of selling cheap Nexus devices with little profit but heavily invested on Google Play.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    This is, as "prismatics", pointed out, "commatose"...... LOL
  21. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    no kidding, especially when you think this has been around a month and everyone is talking about it. A company like microsoft would have already fixed this issue by now! btw is this media center part of the app store or bundled in win 8? Does the kill switch rules apply to media center like other apps? heh good luck
  22. I forsee M$ will turn a blind eye to this exploit while some users become completely dependent upon Win8 for their pc/internet time. Then they will simply release a service pack that voids all these exploit keys, leaving all these "trapped" users with no option but to buy the Win8 properly and thereby rescue their games; music; assignents etc.
  23. This is prolly why they just sacked the head of Windows Division. That and when Steve Balmer showed it to Bill Gates, Bill said "fuc# Steve, this is sh1t". Yes folks, Steve Jobs has taken possesion of Bill Gates' body. Steve, as Bill, is now planning to get back all the cash he gave to Africa etc by giving them free RT devices with cached credit card details so their kids can 'accidentally' spend the money Bill gave away in the first place.

    Steve can't die....he just caaaan't.
  24. HellcatM

    HellcatM TS Rookie Posts: 35

    You'd get the key in 24 hours? I got this message when I signed up for it
    "Thank you
    Your product key will be emailed to you within 72 hours. If the email doesn?t arrive in your inbox, be sure to check your junk email folder. "

    I think they're going to patch it.
  25. Please tell us if Windows 7 legalize whit similar method. Thanks

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