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Loophole enables anyone to get a Windows 8 license for free

By Jos · 73 replies
Nov 21, 2012
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  1. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,952   +1,286

    Aye I did it while it said 24, now it says 72. they are trying to fix it im assuming.
  2. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +55

    Are they that desperate to get Windows 8 on everyone's desktops? LOL
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I got my key within 5 minutes.
  4. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +27

    If you use a free copy, don't come crying to me when they have to reimburse everyone 'cause it's crap!;)
    Zoltan Head likes this.
  5. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    I think that nearly makes sense! :D
  6. pmshah

    pmshah TS Enthusiast Posts: 96

    It was, sort of free up to Win ME !
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,952   +1,286

    Im confused as to how to get that windows 8 pro trial..the one I downloaded from here was enterprise edition..
    so how do I install windows 8 pro to activate the media pack for it in the first place?
  8. I'm reading this on Nov. 23rd and the links in the article don't seem to be what I was expecting them to be.

    In the first sentence it says
    "Copies of Windows 8 Pro are freely available from Microsoft’s website for anyone who wants to try out the operating system..."
    But when I click on the 'freely available' it goes to the Win 8 RTM page.

    Will Win 8 RTM update to Win 8 Pro?
    I somehow don't think so, but I'm hoping to be corrected.
    And if Win 8 RTM doesn't upgrade to Win 8 Pro, anyone wants to get Win 8 Pro (which is what the article is about, right?) will still have to go to M$ and pay for the Win 8 Pro Pack.
    Again, please correct me if I'm wrong.

    And the second link which I don't think goes where it should is at the end of the first paragraph in the sentence
    "But a loophole in the company’s Key Management System allows anyone to legitimately activate their copy of Windows 8 permanently, for free."
    But when I click on 'legitimately...", the link goes to a Reddit page discussing Bill Gates' philosophy about pirating.

    I can understand the relationship of that discussion to this article as a whole, but I don't see why that particular link sends you there.

    Hoping someone can clarify if Win 8 RTM will update to Win 8 Pro, and if it doesn't, how to get that "trial" that can be loopholed into a permanent license.
  9. Absolutely correct. I do not want Windows 8 Cr^p even if it is free.
    I do not need to be locked into their virus enabled bloated software.
  10. Are you replying to anyone in particular or did you just want to throw that out?
  11. My question too, Ike.
    Looks like no-one's replying.

    No TechSpot mods monitoring this?
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,757   +2,429

    Well, Techspot has never aided, abetted or condoned software piracy.

    In spite of many posters thinking, "they can get inside M$'s head". Or believing, "M$ really wants to give everybody a free copy of Windows 8", I'm quite skeptical about either.

    IMO, many posters are delusional. That notwithstanding, I think you'll be holding your breath for a long, long, time, before the staff publishes a "how guide", for your convenience.
  13. cduncan2

    cduncan2 TS Rookie

    Personally Windows 8 reminds of my XBOX 360 OS and everytime I see Windows 8 in a store somewhere It makes me want to run home and play Call of Duty. Is this the best MS could do?Personally I think this OS is a repeat of Vista with out the interface.. Let's not forget. Bill Gates had to come in and save the day with Windows 7 and since Chef Gates wasn't in the Kitchen to help with the building of Windows 8 it would be interesting to see how the public reacts to it. Personally I think the OS is rubbish and here's my suggestion to Microsoft(I'm sure they are reading this) .

    Ditch the wanna be mentality, Dont be a wanna-be apple OS, dont be a wanna-be Google Chrome or Netflix interface. In general DONT be something that your not. Like meeting your Boyfriends or Girlfriends parents for the first time it's best to be yourself.

    Your OS should contain 100% Fresh Code and not Legacy(why do you think your still on the hackers #1 list of things to Hack). Design it not be a resource hog. Next, The desktop looks of something of a Elematry School's cafeteria tray with Gobs of **** on it. Loose it. People know you for the start menu and easy to find icons not Not this boxed clutter mess. I mean God forbid I have to buy my mom a new computer. Teaching her how to use Windows 8 would be like teaching my dog how to fly a Private Jet.

    If Microsft took the above to heart I think they could have a lot going for them. Just Say'n
  14. No offense, CaptainCranky, but wasn't that the premise of this article and how it started out?
    I think all we're asking for is an update to the questions that we've asked (starting around Wendig0's second post or there about), or a confirmation that it is indeed dead in the water.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,757   +2,429

    Hey, no offense taken. If you want my take on this,I think it's a dead issue. I suspect the copy of Windows in question, would have had to be installed a while back..

    The staff isn't going to publish a guide. It would be against policy. Rant, rephrase, or cajole all you like, IMO, it's not going to happen.
  16. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Even free I don't want windows 8.
  17. Thanks, but no thanks.
  18. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,332   +135

    I missed this article first time around. Anyway if I'm going to get Windows 8 I'll pay the $40 for it.
  19. You're so paranoid about the mal-intent of Microsoft with Windows 8, and have so little to say about the OS to demonstrate real experience, it is clear as day you are a die-hard Apple OSX user.
  20. They can't even give Windows 8 away for free!!!
  21. Stuff windows go with Linux Mint ==== way better and its Totally Free with no WGA etc
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,426   +112

    They need to give MCE for free since the license been free ever since Windows 8 was released. Too much loops to go through. Once MCE it corrupted on 7 then you have not choice then to re-install it. There is no replacement download. Yes you can get MCE from MS for free with 8 with a free license for it.
  23. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I won't "downgrade" to Windows 8 even if it's free!
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,757   +2,429

    Down at the shore, they sometimes sell T-shirt that say, "I'm a virgin, but this is a very old shirt".

    And so it goes with this thread, "yes, Windows 8 is free, but this is a very old thread...."!:oops:
    Wendig0 likes this.

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