AlreadyA workaround designed to bypass the activation process of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has already been released in the wild, and is available for download from various sources of illegal content, including warez websites and torrent trackers. Dubbed the Windows 7 Loader, the activation crack is updated constantly, especially as Microsoft is also constantly tackling workarounds that illegally activate the latest iteration of the Windows client.
What is interesting is that the authors of Windows 7 Loader are indicating that the crack will also work with Windows 7 SP1. Microsoft only recently released the first public Beta development milestone of Service Pack 1, and the upgrade is also designed to render useless an impressive number of cracks, among other things.
According to the software giant, Windows 7 SP1 contains the Windows Activation Technologies for Windows 7 (KB 971033), an anti-crack update released by Microsoft earlier this year. At the time of the initial release, the Redmond company revealed that the Windows Activation Technologies update was designed to kill no less than 70 illegal activation exploits for the RTM Build 7600 of the operating system. It appears that Windows 7 Loader is one exploit that the Windows Activation Technologies cracks killer is not capable of, well, killing.
Of course, Windows 7 SP1 is only due in the first half of next year, most probable in the first quarter of 2011. By that time, Microsoft can update its cracks killer in order to tackle all Windows 7 activation workarounds, including those designed for the first Windows 7 upgrade.
The authors of the Windows 7 Loader underline that the crack is especially designed to render WAT (Windows Activation Technologies) useless. The workaround is set up to inject a SLIC (Software Licensing Description Table) into the Windows 7 system ahead of the Windows boot process, managing to bypass the activation process and pass the OS off as genuine.
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