If you are using illegitimate version of Windows 7 using a crack or an activation bypass code, beware! Microsoft is going to deploy a new Windows update to validate & detect 70 known exploits on your system.
The update seems voluntary though, so unfortunately there is still a loophole for those smart enough to find out about the update and choose not to install the update. If you are using a genuine Windows 7 license, no need to worry at all, of course.
Below if the press release I got from Microsoft.
We wanted to let you know that from February 16, Microsoft will deploy a new Update for Windows Activation Technologies (WAT), the set of activation and validation components built into Windows 7.
This update will detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits, which attempt to bypass or compromise your version of Windows 7. The update will be released via Windows Update to customers who have elected to receive updates automatically. Windows 7 customers will also be able to download an update to WAT from www.microsoft.com/genuine beginning 16 February and from the Microsoft Download Centre beginning 17 February.
WAT is designed to determine whether the Windows 7 software installed on the PC is genuine, and to trigger periodic validations (initially every 90 days and in the case of systems with tampered, disabled, or missing licensing files, every seven days) which help protect customers’ PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact.
If any activation exploits are found, Windows will alert the customer and offer options for resolving the issue – in many cases, with just a few clicks. Machines running a genuine copy of Windows 7 software with no activation exploits will see nothing – the Update will simply run quietly in the background, protecting the Operating System.
The Update is designed to run on all editions of Windows 7 and will be distributed to Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise users. Later this month, the Update will also be offered via Windows Update as an ‘Important’ update.
It is important to know that the Update is voluntary and that customers who choose to download it will see no reduced functionality in their copy of Windows – applications will continue to work as expected and access to personal information will remain unchanged.
For more detailed information on Genuine Microsoft Software can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/
Please visit the Microsoft Windows blog for further information on;
- The risks of obtaining and using pirated software
- How to tell the authenticity of your Windows product
- How the WAT Update works