Key Generator Beats Windows Product Activation
A key generator capable of creating unique, valid installation and activation codes for Windows XP comes to light."All IP protection technologies will be cracked at some point; its just a matter of time." Thats what Allen Nieman, product manager of Activation at Microsoft Corp., told BetaNews in an interview last May. But this week Niemans concession became a reality as a key generator capable of creating unique, valid installation and activation codes for Windows XP came to light. While patches and cracks for Windows Product Activation have existed since the release of Windows XP, would-be pirates were forced to physically modify system files and risk invalidating their operating system with updates. If it desires, Microsoft has the ability to instantly void such cracks or leaked keys with service packs or security patches. The key maker, apparently released by a group calling itself "The Blue List," poses a more significant problem to the Redmond, Wash., company--discerning legitimate keys from those generated by users.
Microsoft has always been quick to point out that pirated copies of Windows are ineligible for technical support and warranty protections. However, if the created keys are indeed genuine, a user running a shared or downloaded copy of Windows will appear no different to Microsoft support personnel than one who purchased a copy in the store.