It is hard to believe that a crack for Windows 7 Ultimate has already been found, in view of the fact that the final RTM hasn’t even been released. But a Microsoft spokes person has confirmed to Neowin the following:

A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin: “we are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation & validation in Windows 7, and we can assure customers that Microsoft is committed to protecting them from counterfeit and pirated software. Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites is piracy, and exposes users to increased risks – such as viruses, Trojans and other malware and malicious code—that usually accompany counterfeit software.”

According to the Neowin article the exploit came about from a ‘leaked Lenovo OEM DVD .ISO file’. One may recall that a leaked activation had also occurred for Windows XP. What eventually happened is that the leaked key prevented updates, fixes and patches from being applied.

So as the spokesman states, be careful out there in Windows land.

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