Hack gets you free Windows 8, but what’s the point

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A relatively easy hack has been uncovered which results in a free installation of Windows 8.

The hack relies on the Windows Media Centre upgrade replacing an illegitimate key used to install the OS.

First a pirate would install Windows 8 with any key and activate this using a key management system which accepts any key, which should result 180 days of Windows 8 use before the KMS is forced to call home and verify the install keys.

Next our eye-patched user simply applies for the free upgrade for Windows 8 Pro that adds Windows Media Centre, which does not check if the current installation key is valid. The new key replaces the old, invalid key, and our pirate is home free.

Of course one can ask what the point of all these shenanigans are, when Windows 8 costs as little at $39. Now seems the perfect time for long-time pirates to come in from the cold and finally use their operating system guilt and worry free.

Via WindowsWave and Neowin.net.

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