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The first thing I usually do in these cases is to check if the executable is compressed or not. The requirements for security were identified by the author of the Wordcraft word processor, Pete Dowson, and his colleague Mike Lake. EDIT: Also, the increasing sophistication of Microsoft's attempts to guard against OEM license exploits certainly explains why so many pirates found shelling out a paltry couple hundred bucks for a TechNet subscription and its juicy, totally-legitimate licenses a much better value proposition. With Vista and 7, I never ran into this as a problem.


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Anyway, try again the trick and check if you are able to unlock it one more time. First you'll need a copy of your original Windows 8 Professional DVD or an ISO of it. Booting the DVD in UEFI mode works, but when it gets to the part of the installation where it asks for my product key - the windows installer grabs the keys off the motherboard and tells me they don't match.


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Sims 3 Serial number - Values are listed alphabetically so if you don't see it right away, scroll down until you get to the P's. With the headache that DRM can cause, it's not fair to the users who have actually paid for it to suffer.

 

For those who aren't already aware because this has apparently been happening for along time already , you may encounter the following situation. I make note of it however as this is my first encounter of it: 1. Buy OEM hardware 2. Reformat HD per usual OEM bloat removal. Prepare a superior version of Windows key that you have never been used license. During OS re-installation process, notice that the setup never asked you to enter the license key. After installation, note that Windows is already activated. Attempt to activate your unused license to unlock additional features e. Get an error message stating that the license key won't work... There is no way to alter the license key that is stored in the BIOS. It is possible to view it using BIOS tools or even use more commonly known programs such as Belarc. But there isn't much use in that. We need a way to actually stop the Windows setup using this license in the first place. It is at this point I learnt that it is possible to exploit legacy Windows setup behaviour. Here's what you need to do: 1. Copy the content's of your Windows setup media in the case of a CD or extract it from the ISO in the case of a DL. Depending on your boot media type, re-build the. Reboot your machine and boot from the media you just created as you would normally when setting up Windows. Note that this time, the setup process will prompt you to input a license key thus bypassing the BIOS version! Enjoy reclaiming control over the legitimate hardware and software you purchased. Hopefully this information will help keep you 1 step ahead. At least until MS patches the exploit. It's a brave new world. EDIT: Updated to reflect extent of practice. Dude, welcome to 10 years ago. It's called , and it's been going on since the Windows XP days. Well damn, i've bought many an OEM machine over the years and this is the first i've ever encountered it. I guess it just depends which vendor you use. Either way, it took me a while to find out a procedure that works to bypass it so hopefully this will be helpful to someone like me who, somehow, managed to bypass this 'convenience' for so many years. Although I guess a large part of that that is because for along time I was just building my own hardware - which I will revert to doing once again. The full Service Pack downloads had the files embedded, but you had to put them in place yourself. Most OEMs distributed their own customized XP installers that used the SLIC data properly, but had their own extra crap rolled in on top. The availabilty of VL keys meant that most enthusiasts simply didn't have to give a shit about that though. With Vista and 7, I never ran into this as a problem. Either the edition I chose to install matched what was stored in SLIC or it didn't and I was prompted for a key. The license key is NOT stored in the computer BIOS. The OEM install app check in the BIOS for the OEM manufacturer name and if it is not found or different than what is hard coded in the install app, then the Windows install fails. If the volume name is different then the install fails. You can change the install type from Home to Professional to Enterprise simply by burning a new disk with the appropriate volume name. The license key is NOT stored in the computer BIOS. The OEM install app check in the BIOS for the OEM manufacturer name and if it is not found or different than what is hard coded in the install app, then the Windows install fails. If the volume name is different then the install fails. You can change the install type from Home to Professional to Enterprise simply by burning a new disk with the appropriate volume name. Where is this 'install app' located?. I've run RWEverthing on my system and sure enough, found my OEM Win8 license key embedded in... I wasn't using some custom Win8 image, I was using a vanilla. I believe Windows 8 does not use the same SLIC method. It appears that the bios stores the OEM Windows key, and the installer reads it from there if one attempts to install a different version it will fail. I ran in to the same issue as the op, you can also get past this by creating a file called PID. Activation not invented yet. Windows XP: Online activation and OEM SLP bios locks: Commonly defeated by pirates by simply using VLKs. Royalty OEM activation at this point used generic XP keys which simply provoked OEM validation. OEM validation consisted on checking the oembios files. If the OEM check scanned the appropriate memory addresses and found one or more matching strings, activation was done, OS was activated. This wasn't widely abused by pirates because VLKs were easier, but towards the later days of XP, it grew in popularity because it was easy to abuse, and hard for MS to check and invalidate. Windows Vista: First generation ACPI table locks SLIC : With the lessons learned from XP activation and the abuses thereof, Microsoft decided that a more active approach was needed in later OSes. Starting with Vista, VLKs as they had been were over. Since the old VLK path was now fully locked off, pirates now looked into Royalty OEM methods. Microsoft had observed some limited abuse of the old oembios system in the latter days of XP, and they wanted a new, more tamper-resistant method. SLIC was a custom ACPI table that contained a public key encrypted OEM certificate. When Windows installed, it could be given certificate files with appropriate OEM information and public keys. The certificates themselves were signed by a Microsoft private key to resist tampering. The Royalty OEM process was triggered by use of a generic OEM serial number, common to all computers sold by a particular OEM. Once an OEM serial had been given, the system firmware would be checked for a SLIC table, and the contents compared to any and all OEM certificates that had been loaded by Windows. If the SLIC table was present, and matched a signed certificate, Windows would activate, completely offline. Many BIOS modifications were used to exploit this method, from initial ISA module loaders to rather complex ACPI edits. Windows 7: Exactly the same as Vista, just the certificate version was increased from SLIC 2. The system had not been successfully exploited by many pirates, partially because bios modification was more difficult than prior methods, but also because Vista was widely disliked. With Windows 7 being massively more popular, BIOS modifications to exploit SLIC became more and more popular. As the tools advanced, the process became simpler and easier to apply. Microsoft did not overlook this, and prepared a third generation of OEM activation. This system is a further development and refinement of the previous SLIC 2. Windows 2012, in fact, uses SLIC 2. Windows 8 uses a new generation system, looking for an OEM ACPI table called MSDM. The MSDM table contains a hardware hash that matches the machine it is installed on, along with a full OEM Windows key, which is specific to the machine it is installed on. There are no longer generic OEM keys that will trigger OEM activation, each OEM machine has a unique key. No system is perfect, and MSDM could probably be overcome by pirates if there were no other methods, but since there are alternatives, attention has focused there. Specifically, local KMS server emulators are very popular for the purposes of Windows 8+ and Office 2010+ piracy. To further refine my post and get a little closer to OP's point, some additional information on Windows 7 and Windows 8 OEM licensing: With Windows 7, OEMs generally had one key for each major product version Home, Pro, etc , and you could change versions by simply using a different OEM key. The BIOS certificate SLIC was specific only to the OEM, one SLIC was used for any and all Windows versions. With Windows 8 and SLIC 3. If your new laptop has a Windows 8 Standard preinstalled, and you've purchased an OEM System Builder OEMSB copy of Windows 8 Pro, you will encounter the problem OP had. Installing from Windows 8 Pro OEMSB media, the installer detects the valid Windows 8 non-Pro MSDM table, inserts that key, and installs non-Pro. You are not given any opportunity to override this. You are also generally not allowed to change edition easily post-install with the OEMSB keys. In order to keep your install media from using your MSDM key, the methods mentioned here generally work. By creating an ei. Since retail does not have MSDM, it never checks for it and will instead ask for the serial to use. Likewise, forcing a PID via pid. Sphynx - You had most everything correct. Congrats on figuring this all out by yourself! It's not an exploit, though, it's MS's backdoor designs, so don't worry that this will ever go away. Ardax - As you can see in my posts, it's a little more complex now. You've mixed up info from OEM SLP, SLIC 2. Also, Windows edition hasn't been determined by the volume name, not ever. There are other places and switches on the media to set that, ei. Windows Vista and 7 both had an ei. With Windows 8, it's reversed. If there is no ei. If you create and add an ei. That's what is done here, by creating an ei. That was one of the best first and second posts I've ever seen. Welcome to Ars Technica! EDIT: Also, the increasing sophistication of Microsoft's attempts to guard against OEM license exploits certainly explains why so many pirates found shelling out a paltry couple hundred bucks for a TechNet subscription and its juicy, totally-legitimate licenses a much better value proposition. Which thus explains why Microsoft neutered and eventually euthanized TechNet. Thanks for the detail, Forge64. Just to add my own recent experiences, since I've wiped the OEM installs on two laptops Sony and Lenovo and had some issues: - I tried installing with clean 8. During installation, the BIOS key was not found, as far as I can tell. Without using Belarc to get the key before wiping the computer, I found no way to get Windows installed. If you don't, you can enter your key or a temporary key, which are sometimes posted on the internet to get past this step. I found the key I extracted from Belarc was rejected during this step possibly because it was an 8 key, not 8. It worked after installation to register and activate Windows later. I normally don't necro, but this thread got under my skin, and I felt compelled. MartinH - Actually, your media did detect and use your MSDM key, it's just that 8. My Dell Precision M4800, ordered a few weeks ago, came with a factory 8. For my own personal reinstalls, I'll pick an edition in ei. If I don't have prep time, and I have to use my usual media, I'll use the GVLKs Google turns up to pick an edition and install it. I'll switch to the MSDM key and let it activate after install. EDIT: Also, the increasing sophistication of Microsoft's attempts to guard against OEM license exploits certainly explains why so many pirates found shelling out a paltry couple hundred bucks for a TechNet subscription and its juicy, totally-legitimate licenses a much better value proposition. Which thus explains why Microsoft neutered and eventually euthanized TechNet. Yes, at this late date it's very easy to draw a line from the first activation, through to the refinement and lockdown of OEM activation, straight towards TechNet getting the axe. If I had to guess, MS will go after KMS next, but that's a slippery slope. MS would be very ill-advised to attack any other traditional Windows supporters, just to attack piracy. Thanks to everyone, especially Forge64, for the education on this topic. I've been looking into this for about a week and have tried all the approaches I could find to do something that I've done easily many times before: install a new copy of Windows on a larger hard drive in a laptop. Despite all my efforts bootable USB drive with licensed Win 8 image, PID file, ei. I don't want to use the pre-installed Win 8 on the original hard drive because I believe it's compromised. If it sounds like I'm at my wit's end it's because I am. Any suggestions will be proundly appreciated. Sorry if I'm prolonging a thread that should have been retired, but I didn't have anywhere else turn. If you are like me and have a licence key , but you don't know what type it is retail, OEM. Volume etc Then i used this great app that can tell you what Type your licence key is and the vendor that issued it Dell, samsung, HP etc go here The Ultimate PID Checker Download ir RAR use 7zip Free download to unpack it It runs without Installing portable For me I confirmed it was an OEM licence -- Dell --- so run Any Dell OEM disk to repair Same OS disk I had to also use For my particular case Its too complicated to make any other notes as your case will be particular to you Its not easy but i did it Thanks to all who are so knowledgeable here. Noobie to ars technica but hardly a n00b. Maybe I am asking a dumb question: I am NOT trying to beat the OEM licensing, I am just trying to reinstall 8. And of course no installation media. I partitioned the disk and did successfully get a retail 8. First, a slight digression about installation with partitions and Windows 8: On my own machine, I want to have XP, Vista, Win 7 Pro and Win 8. When you get to the similar portion of the install, you get a subtle difference in the screen with the partition choices: Instead of just partition by number, you get the actual logical volume as well! Thus, for example, I was able to install Vista on E: and Win7 on F:, etc. When you do this with 8. However, it is otherwise properly behaving in the logical drive letters sense. What do I need to do the install so it doesn't ask me for a key and uses the key in the BIOS? On my own machine, I want to have XP, Vista, Win 7 Pro and Win 8. Most modern VM software will let you define multiple virtual displays of whatever resolution you want -- which is far better for testing than being limited to whatever your display currently supports. I cannot get the 8. What do I need to do the install so it doesn't ask me for a key and uses the key in the BIOS? That should force it to read the SLIC 3. If you're prompted for a key anyway, just skip that step in setup and it activate once you get through Setup. Thanks for replying to me. I don't really want to get involved with VM's both on principle and also it's merely a sample of what I do. This all works fine. My display is not a problem as I am quite adept at dealing with all resolutions, etc. The outcome is a system in the partition all the OTHER operating systems see as drive H: but it identifies ITSELF as C:. But this is avoided only by NOT booting to the install media. When the analogous part of the installation process gets to that part, the screen is DIFFERENT. Each choice of partition shows not only the same partition by number, but also the drive letter in the context of the booted system. In earlier machines I had such as WinXP on F: and also on G: so one is a maintenance system for the other. So, this is why it is NECESSARY to NOT boot to the installation media. Thus, it does get the job done, but it needs that time-wasteful step. Note: I've done the 8. It doesn't change the situation; it only likes my retail key. But I'm no expert on that aspect of things; help! Note: I have already backed-up the machine as I got hold of it and I restored it to another hard disk and it booted normally, all this before partitioning, etc. I can do anything anyone wants me to try and report back on what occurred, etc. This system does work, but I cannot reinstall it; counter to the entire thrust of this thread. On partitioning: I do most with Easeus with one exception: Easeus will not delete the C: partition, although it will allow resizing it. I solved the problem, stumbled on the answer by nosing around related topics regarding the ei. It turns out this is RETAIL-ONLY media and thus the problems mentioned do not apply. It also means that OEM installs cannot work at all. I chose the latter and used IMGBURN. The USB drive method is also more suitable to deal with creating the ei. Make sure they can work with the above 2GB size needed. The ISO has a volume label of ESD-ISO. But I went further: As I explained, you can install 8. It then was used to run the setup. A final pass will pare it down a lot. So far, I have no way to choose the 8. Sharing the information here, etc. Now all I have to do is delete a very large Windows. My friend has some interest in Windows 10! Thus, I will be installing either yet another Win 7 or Win 8. Your choices are to remove the hard drive or have multiple systems. I find the latter preferable to the latter. Beyond that, it's personal preference as well. Easily mitigated with a live disc when needed. Getting hit with a stubborn piece of malware or a rootkit should not be something you are encountering on a personal system very often if ever. If you are then that's another argument in favour of using VMs. I have viable systems for this application I develop that cannot run Vista, yet are perfectly fine for the purpose. The VM sloth on such systems is intolerable. I suggest you take a longer view as to what machines are viable and low-end. Malware happening is quite real; VM might help, if it could be tolerated to be sure, IF it were acceptable at all. And once your host system gets hacked, you are in the same exact situation I describe. So, unless you do literally everything virtually, there are some notions here that do not hold up. As this thread is still alive and kicking i'm going to lay my problem here for you people. Try to help me out. I've got this new Lenovo G50-80 laptop which came with Win10 home pre-installed. I have a very much legal Win 10 VL Pro key and I want to get Pro. I go to the store app and select that I have a key. I'm asked to enter it so they can verify it. The app says everything is hunky-dory and you, my lad, will get Pro. I say ok, on with it. When everything is done and I have restarted to my newly upgraded Win 10 Pro, I see that windows is not activated because the key ain't for this edition of windows error 0xC004C003. The windows support guys think its because of the conflict between the Key in the UEFI which says 'this shalt be Win 10 Home OEM' and my key which says 'but master, i'm Win 10 Pro VL here'. I know the problem can be solved by just doing a fresh install using the PID. Is there any way to solve this without fresh reinstall? I do know the key works because I helped my colleague use it on his non-UEFI laptop without any problem at all. Windows support can't do anything today 'cause it's sunday and the really knowledgeable people aren't in.

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How to Install Windows 8. Wordcraft's distributor at the time, Dataview Ltd. Con, once every new moon, they could format and reinstall Windows, and no one would be the wiser. This has to be applied during the installation on the respective step of the installation wizard in the web console. From there, you can associate your credentials with MySophos. Probably with older version of Windows using a non genuine license key like those license key bypass generated but still valid as keys it triggers an software exception that is unintentionally handled,which for you as end user will look like BSOD. The type of key entered in the product determines the activation method. KMS and MAK file The KMS and MAK activation processes for Office 2013 are basically the same as they were for Office 2010, except that the Office 2013 KMS host is not supported on Windows Server 2003.

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