A new crack available for download in the wild for Windows 7 is designed to break the limitations associated with some of the platform’s editions and allow users to upgrade to a feature-complete SKU without having to pay a single cent.
Just as its predecessor, Windows 7 features all editions on a single disk, and also like Windows Vista the last iteration of Windows enables users to easily upgrade between the different SKUs of the operating system.
Windows Anytime Upgrade is a Windows 7 feature that users can turn to in order to make the jump from a more modest edition of the platform to a fully-featured SKU, from Home Premium to Ultimate for example.
Of course, users will need to buy a valid license for a more complete Windows 7 edition before they can upgrade.
They can do this by purchasing upgrade keys online from a number of authorized retail outlets.
Hackers have put together a code generator set up to offer Windows 7 customers the possibility to generate upgrade keys that can be used with Anytime Upgrade, and released the tool in the wild.
The Anytime Upgrade key generator for Windows 7 is available for download from a variety of warez websites and torrent trackers.
However, users should be advised that even if they paid for an edition of Windows 7, bypassing the normal Anytime Upgrade process is illegal, and the resulting SKU is a pirated copy of the operating system.
“No disks, no delays—and no leaving the house. With Windows Anytime Upgrade, you can upgrade to a more advanced edition of Windows 7—say from Home Premium to Ultimate—in as little as 10 minutes,” reads the description of Windows Anytime Upgrade.
“That way, you get to take advantage of extra features while keeping your current programs, files, and settings intact.
“In the past, upgrading Windows could be a bit of a hassle. In Windows 7, the software you need comes preinstalled.”
According to Microsoft, only customers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States can purchase Windows Anytime Upgrade keys online.