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Microsoft Security Hole Allows Pirates to Get Legitimate Windows 8 Activation Keys for Free

Microsoft seems to be giving out pirates free Christmas gifts as a they are accidentally allowing users to fully and legally (not ethically) activate Windows 8 Media Center Edition.

The blunder/loophole works like this - to promote Windows 8, Microsoft not only offered cheap Windows 8 product keys but also topped it with some nice icing by offering free Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade Pack till January 31 2013. Now, the problem is these free Windows 8 Media Pack keys can be used to activate a fully-functional, activated genuine copy of Windows 8 without paying anything !!

Windows 8 Media Center Activation

The security loophole exists because Microsoft is not doing any checks for a valid Windows 8 product key purchase before activating the Windows 8 Media Center Feature pack. It simply checks for an existing activated Windows 8 copy, which can be activated without paying anything using the KMS activation shared earlier.

Here is how this Windows 8 activation loophole works :

  1. A user downloads and installs Microsoft Windows 8 and gets it activated for 180 days using legit KMS Activation Keys provided by Microsoft.
  2. The user now simply goes to Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade Pack offer page and requests a free upgrade key.
  3. Free upgrade offer
  4. The user receives the free upgrade pack key in their email.
  5. Windows media center upgrade key
  6. User clicks the "Get more features with a new edition of Windows" from Windows Properties page and Windows 8 feature edition wizard launches.
  7. User enters the Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade Key and continues.
  8. Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade
    Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade
    Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade
  9. The key GETS VERIFIED by Microsoft Activation server's and Windows 8 gets activated with the new product key.
  10. Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade
  11. Well now as you can see the Windows 8 copy which was activated for 180 days using a KMS key as shown in Step 1 above is fully activated to Windows 8 pro Media Center without any time/functionality limitations using a completely new key as shown below.
  12. Fully activated windows 8


I had requested the free upgrade from the promo page but have not yet received the mail containing the key from Microsoft. Don't know why? Has anyone else also faced the same problem?

you will get if after minimum 48 hours after requested.

I know that the page displays the key will be mailed to your address within 72 hours. But now its been more than 4 days since I had registered, but still I have not yet received from Microsoft. This is not working guys, don't waste your time.

I personally got the key 2 weeks after registering to get it, back when it first came out.
It works, just... a longer time than needs be.

take all the coputer games take the new win8 take all software which is available for free,crack the hack them sleep with them and enjoy your time being very cruel if you mean you are doing a crack,not cause you would really need the games and couldnt effort one or two.

some people just take it as they get others really feel cruel and hacky or cracky when downloading cracked games

but in about 1 or 2 years you all cracky and hacky will get your own 95 win98 win 2000 win xp win vista win 8 and all the games for them,no one will probably even try to catch you people cause microsoft will publish a new operating system,and everyone knows that has to be,secure vpn servers which have to be hacked before anyone can arrive a pc,firefall and scansystems not from harddisc you funny hackers,from those servers which you people will never be able to hack or delete antivirus,trojanfiles scanning just one port,all others you can have for sticking something into or your cigarette.even if it would use all ports like any other win systems until today,it would scan those and it would defenetely know the ip adresses of the websites or whatever and defenetely hackers wouldnt know or have them,that why not able to get into the system or server.

the best thing you people will succed is to create one day from one of that thousand games one game which you encode and are able to play with more than 32 players,-possible that ea arts gives you hackers the multiplayer code of the new browsergames?not sure.

but poeple who will pay microsoft their money will suddenly be able to play over microsoft network with any count number of people,with any new games-who is interested in those all stupid closed military simulations which are hard to feel?

download them,play them.surely still not legal,but what shall be the difference to today.

thats the end of hacky days,or all will be free to hack you guys hackers and people who will stay at their old windows systems.which will be also no problem,cause you can use similar at that computer any of the old systems AND the new system,and any trojans or virus will get deleted as soon the network takes over the computer-or you will not allow to scan your system,but wont be able to use any files from hd(probably there will be a file transmission tool,for those who still dont want to open their hd for the server win system,but dangerous cause able to flash all data,if trojans or viruses are viral at all/any date streaming forward or backward to hd- which is not in the secured part-viruses cant have any chance,you will understand.trojans and viruses are dangerous things)

wtf dude?

I don't have the "add feature" thing, I just can't find it.

Right-click My Computer icon and click properties, this will show a screen similar to this - , use the "get more features...." link shown in the picture below "Windows 8 Logo" to get started.

Will this work MSDN Retail?

i got a key from micosoft but it says.."activate ur current edition"..what can i do..tell me pls..

Same here: i got a key from micosoft but it says.."activate ur current edition"..what can i do..tell me pls..



Microsoft will only contact you at the email address you provide to send you your product key and to remind you when the activation period for your product key is ending.


** Windows 8 Media Center Pack is available at no charge for a limited time only through the promotional page on If you obtain Windows 8 Media Center Pack through any other location, fees might apply. Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to one product key per email address. In addition, each product key can only be used with one computer. You qualify for this promotion if your PC is running Windows 8 Pro. Additional hardware may be required to watch and record live TV. You must provide a valid email address to receive your Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key. This promotion ends on January 31, 2013; your product key must be activated no later than February 1, 2013. Microsoft will only contact you at the email address you provide to send you your product key and to remind you when the activation period for your product key is ending. Catalysis Corporation is a third-party company we use to collect subscription information and process the delivery of these emails. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store. Get the full details on our special offers.,7918.msg19837.html#msg19837



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ah hey...
thanks... its works...

Great post here

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