updated 01:05 pm EDT, Wed July 29, 2009
Windows 7 Ultimate cracked
People have already managed to crack Windows 7 Ultimate and distribute it online, accounts say. The pirated version is based on a Lenovo OEM release, from which an ISO file was created and posted on a Chinese forum. Hackers subsequently managed to extract the OEM-SLP key and the activation certificate, allowing users to bypass Microsoft's Genuine Advantage copy protection. The technology normally requires online validation.
The key is claimed to be a master one, allowing any OEM edition of Windows 7 Ultimate to be broken. The fault may prove costly and embarrassing to Microsoft, which has placed increasing emphasis on piracy prevention, and will only ship the legal operating system on October 22nd. Microsoft posted significant declines in its most recent financial quarter, and has said it is counting on products like Windows 7 and the Zune HD to revive its fortunes.