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I’m guessing you’re talking about the way of changing the KMS server to their one, which accepts the license key.
How it works, from a quick look, is you change the License Key, to one which Microsoft will say, “Yup – that’s fine, you can activate if you ask, and we tell you it’s not used.” Of course, the one they give you has already been used, but it’s a valid Windows 10 valid key nonetheless.
Then, you change your KMS Server to theirs. KMS Servers are usually used in enterprise applications, where lots and lots of computers are activated at once.
From what I know, there’s not much hosts can do with people using their KMS Server, apart from having your IP, which doesn’t really mean much. Any website you access will have your IP, whether it’s logged is up to the host.
I’d question whether it’s legal, except probably don’t let that scare you – I highly doubt Microsoft will go out of their way to sue everyone who uses this method.
So from my knowledge, yes, it’s safe, just questionably ethical, however personally, I don’t really think Microsoft need you to buy any more Windows 10 Licences, especially with the obscene amount they cost.
Hope I was a help 🙂
No, Don’t do that,
Guess how I found your que? I am struggling to remove it from my pc as my windows get reactivated within a week after removing the licence from my pc.
The only option I have is to reinstall windows which I would eventually do if I don’t get any solution within a couple of days😭.
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Yes. They know that.
But why haven’t they patched the Windows?
Because they want all the people to use Windows. The people who use cracked Windows are mostly personal users and students or people who cannot afford it. They get a chance to be familiar with Windows environment. There is no point in forcing them to buy as they will turn towards Open source OS.
Once they (people who used cracked Windows) join on jobs they will prefer to use Windows in their work environment to be more productive. This will require businesses to purchase Windows licenses in bulk.
Businesses will not use cracked Windows since there is huge security risk, and if authorities find out that a business is using cracked Windows, they will get fined severely!
After all, people are familiar with Windows (since it is crackable). Businesses are forced to buy Windows (since their employees are more productive with it).
So it is a “Win” for Microsoft and of course for the user.
Microsoft View on KMS server:
How KMS Works
Planning a KMS Deployment
KMS activates computers on a local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft. To do this, KMS uses a client–server topology. KMS client computers can locate KMS host computers by using a Domain Name System (DNS) or a static configuration. KMS clients contact the KMS host by using remote procedure call (RPC). KMS can be hosted on computers that are running the Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
How KMS Works:
KMS activation requires TCP/IP connectivity. By default, KMS hosts and client computers use DNS to publish and find the KMS service. The default settings can be used, which require little to no administrative action, or KMS hosts and client computers can be manually configured based on network configuration and security requirements.
For Activating the First KMS Host:
KMS hosts on the network need to install a KMS key, and then be activated with Microsoft. Installation of a KMS key enables the Key Management Service on the KMS host. After installing the KMS key, complete the activation of the KMS host by telephone or online. Beyond this initial activation, a KMS host does not communicate any information to Microsoft.
Users concern about it:
KMS Activation of office 2019. The person who activates the office 2019 by this process is putting his sensitive data at risk. The PC regularly i.e for every 7 days, connects to KMS Server. Your sensitive data may be sent to the KMS server. The develop may install some malware into your pc with that code.
- KMS is usually a corporate in-house situation, so tracking is irrelevant.
- If you happened to buy an Office (Pro) license that requires KMS activation you most likely have a bootleg copy.
- Your computer sends a license validation request to the KMS Server. The server needs to get back in touch with you, so it needs to know where you are.
- KMS Server has no other rights or privileges on your computer.
Content Copyright Source:
That depends entirely on what the batch file contains in the way of commands. You can find out what the commands are in a batch file by right clicking on the file and selecting edit. This will open the file in windows Notepad which will display the contents of the file and allow you to change them.
For a home or personal user, there is only one possible command that legitimately activates Windows.
That command calls the built in Windows 10 component responsible for managing the system license and instructs it to attempt an online activation. If that is the only line in the entire batch file, then yes, it is perfectly safe to use.
Another line which could exist prior to the above line is
- Slmgr.vbs /ipk
is the actual license key for your specific copy and version of Windows 10. This command instructs the Windows 10 component responsible for managing the system license to install your specific license key and is necessary for any machine that does not have a digital license. If your batch fileonly has the /ipk and /ato lines in them, then it is safe to use.
If a batch file has any other lines, what they do could make them very unsafe to use. Some lines could attempt to copy a virus onto the system, modify key files of the operating system, open holes in your computer’s security to allow someone else to gain control of your computer, or even install an illegal component aimed at bypassing the legitimate licensing of Windows 10 in an act of copyright piracy.
My advice is simple. If you do not know what the batch file is designed to do and how it is supposed to achieve that goal, consider it to be unsafe to use.
Again, the only legitimate lines of code within a batch file to activate Windows 10 are the two listed above. Any and all other lines of code should be considered suspect. There are lines which would be safe and have no effect on the licensing system such as commands to clear the screen, display text to you, ask you questions and get your answers, and even inform you of the results. These would be non-consequential and would not affect the safety of the batch file for use or not.
If you have such a batch file, you can right-click on it, select edit, then copy its entire contents and post it in a comment to my answer and I will analyze it for you and give you a line by line description of what the batch file does. The only thing I would strongly suggest is that you replace any product key listed in the batch file with the phrase
I have kept Windows10 in a virtual machine, for 2 months, legally obtained as technical preview.
Here what I like of it:
- It’s friendly!
it’s the first OS which tells me to relax.
- Wonderful desktop wallpapers graphics and colors. This was my welcoming screen. And universal search bar(pc resources + internet)!
- Lateral contestual side panels. This is really handy!
- you can opt out and have privacy :’) (Just like Ubuntu, but on Ubuntu is easier)
And, well, for the remaining parts is kind like of stable like Windows7, but with same look and feel of Windows8.1 .
Things I didn’t like (short list of 10):
- 10 pages of contract with all privacy opted out by default
- you can trust Microsoft. Let Microsoft help you
- All is square. Real men like curves.
- still closed source. I don’t feel the need to remind why the OS must be open source.
- Edge? another browser to care about when doing web development?(phew it uses WebKit)(but not completely compliant grr).
- You can’t use your PC without registering to Microsoft(maybe this was brought back, I hope)(now there is a local account).
- Cortana is a ball. Nothing against the balls, but the ads were showing a sexy digital woman, not a bicolor ball. Not dealbreaking, but…(still an annoying ball like Clippy)
- Big use of background data. Let’s use these quadcore beasts! Why? you need to fetch the latest news of soccer, bank indexes and politics.
It’s refreshing to open your pc and learn of the latest about international crysis.(now you can set a limit of data usage)(news can be opted out)
- Still no sudo apt-get update. New programs, rebranded as Universal Windows Platform Apps are updated like in Android. Ok, Chocolatey – The package manager for Windows exist, but it should be more popular.(Ubuntu shell is a welcome additional feature, but it is crippled compared to the full Ubuntu shell)
- still no plug and play drivers. Linux- you plug in a mouse and it works, even if the computer never ever saw it before. Windows- pause. Hey I found a device. Oh here a driver, I’m gonna install it for you <3. Here you go!( No progress after a year)
Seriously I can’t grasp why software and features which are free and mainstream on Linux are still missing on Windows, or only in premium licenses.
For example remote desktop, disk encryption, FTP file manager, all languages in the world, enterprise network management.( Now there are more utilities included by default)
At least this version acknowledges that is not perfect and
Just kidding that didn’t happened in two months of everyday use. Ok maybe just that time I asked it to instantiate a JVM with 8Gb stack with only 2Gb free, but a normal user should be fine.
HAL_INITIALIZATION, for curiosity sake stands for Hardware Abstraction Layer, obvious! That will happen when somehow a driver crashes on wake up.
Use it only if you need it. Or threatened if you don’t.
I now use a Windows 10 computer at work, and most of the review remains valid.
My advice is still to opt out all the out optable like news, ads, reports. Gaming ads at work are the most cringey. Why in Windows 10 Pro you would want to install Candy Crush?
It will likely ship with a trial antivirus. That is utter garbage and it will try the worst to scare you into paying for “protection”. Reactivate Windows Defender and updates, they are the only effective security. Or maybe use Avast if you don’t know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS and think peypal .com and paypal .com are the same website.
Deactivate and uninstall all the preinstalled “game hubs”.
Customize start menu and boot time services.
Install Chrome or Firefox. Libreoffice maybe, else the windows office stubs get really annoying.
And then it is a good OS to use.
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I should disclose – I work at Microsoft, as a developer. It is a pain for me to follow all rules for collecting of personal data. Phone has your location, but we cannot use it to suggest commute unless we disclose that we use your location.
If we collect our application usage (how many times you use a feature, for example) or if we send crash data, we need to strip all personal data. It is a pain. We have mandatory training for dealing with customer data.
Finally Microsoft wants to make money (I am interested too, to get salary). The worst nightmare is to accidentally collect and then leak personal data, so we take it very seriously. For example, Windows 10 has a feedback tool where people can describe their problems. People sometimes put their name and e-mail addresses and, since we want to share this feedback with device manufacturers, we need to clear personal data from the feedback. This is a huge problem and there is a whole project dedicated to this, but finally they hired contractor to do it manually. It did cost a lot of money.
The bottom line we use personal data (for example Exchange servers keep a lot of e-mails ), but take special efforts to protect it. For example, I work on project that automatically checks you into meetings. We have to take special extra steps to make sure your data is stored properly and that delays our project.
Sorry for long answer, but the bottom line is that if my code leaks personal data and then people sue Microsoft, Microsoft loses money. That would not be fun for me.
One theory is that the number nine is considered unlucky in Japan and since Microsoft has such a large presence in Japan, they skipped version 9. Another theory (which makes a lot more sense to me) is that because Microsoft already had Windows ’95 and ‘98, a lot of code had something like this, which was posted by someone claiming to be a Microsoft developer:
EDIT: For those commenting about Apple’s decision to skip the number nine as well, the reasoning was because 2017 marked the tenth year anniversary of the iPhone.
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There are often people who find new ways to defeat the authentication. Why Microsoft is not taking action is a very good question. There just maybe too many of them.
The site looks super sketchy, so much so that I personally might be concerned that it is a transmitter of malware, although that seems unlikely when you are downloading genuine Microsoft software, and just typing out the key.
People are writing back saying “I got an inauthentic version message what should I do” and “there is a watermark on my screen, how do I get rid of it”. So you can see there is already customer dissatisfaction with this site. And you have to ask yourself, how is the site owner earning money from this? That is sketch right there.
This is an example of you get what you pay for. Or maybe what you see is what you don’t get. If you bring this to Microsoft with one of these keys, and it’s an inauthentic key, you have no warranty, you will surely get zero support, and they will cripple your OS.
Take a look at this article from Tom’s Hardware, a well-known source. Scroll down to “Buy a Cheap Windows 10 Key From a Third-Party Seller: Around $30”. The article is poorly wqritten, because it does not clearly segregate authentic key purchase from third-party sellers that may be dubious.
The retail price for Microsoft 10 Home is $130, for Windows 10 Pro, $200.
You might find it cheaper at the big boxes like Walmart. You have to carefully review exactly what it is you’re buying.
Now for the funny part. While I was writing this I dozed off probably 20 times and dropped my tablet. Every time I did, I had keyed in some random stuff so I had to go back and proofread it. So you better like it.