Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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  • ChrisHallett83
    ChrisHallett83 Hour ago

    I don;t know if they've changed it to be more comprehensive (seems like they probably reference more hardware in the data polling for the identifier now), but it used to tie your motherboard serial number to your Windows license. You could change everything except the motherboard and be fine.

  • krispykr33m2
    krispykr33m2 Hour ago

    As much as I have paid MS over the years windows should be free.

  • pewize
    pewize 2 hours ago

    Wow, you guys care so damn much about this LHEEGHXAAAL stuff. The thing is, no one really cares. Just download an LTSC from your nearby torrent website and you are done. Why the hell do you complicate everything so much? OHHH BY THAT'S STEALING!!!!1. No, it's not. You are not taking things away, you copy them. It's not stealing. I know that this video is a year old, but this is just retarded.

  • Nathan
    Nathan Day ago

    That was such a nice way on how to advertise in the begining

  • Cole Dewitt
    Cole Dewitt Day ago +1

    I lost a windows copy cause I dared to replace my motherboard and damaged ram

  • Michael De Santa

    Use cracks

  • Steven
    Steven Day ago

    So basically, it works, unless you try to use it with entirely new hardware, then it doesn't work because of a weird hardware check.

  • Cylenc
    Cylenc Day ago

    Activating windows actually hardly limits you at all besides having a watermark and disabling a few personalization settings. It really isn't that surprising that they don't always activate it.

  • jacob Snyder
    jacob Snyder Day ago

    last update 2015 WHAT

  • SmashDog
    SmashDog 2 days ago

    So whats the point of having a legit copy of Windows if you still get updates?

  • CAN AM DS650X Baja - Bombardier

    I'm the worlds biggest pirate of windows, I hold the claim to fame on that one, as i worked for a large computer company (not mentioned) that didn't pay MS for licensing and i pre loaded windows onto hundreds of thousands of machines, obviously the company got taken to court and eventually folded and closed down that was in the 1990's I was an employee so they couldn't touch me for that one.

  • Lee Taylor
    Lee Taylor 2 days ago

    linus does not pirate windows, linus uses the grace period

  • Siddhant Moitra
    Siddhant Moitra 3 days ago

    Like srsly thats why the old Microsoft was so so good with good old simple, easy to use and actually a usefull windows 7 not like windows 8 or 10 which give us the tools and service that we don't want thats why windows 7 will always b the best windows ever but sadly Microsoft is killing in soon :(

  • PooCruncha!
    PooCruncha! 3 days ago

    km spico activates it for free

  • Tony Elsom
    Tony Elsom 3 days ago +1

    Never bought an os my entire life, and I'm a pre- pc dinosaur..as for winx, they can shove it..oh wait, there's no more room to shove anything .. 🤣

    • Tony Elsom
      Tony Elsom 12 hours ago

      @TheMetalsail Take a usb flash and install linux on it for internet..Use win7 for games only...or winx in a linux box..There are solutions...I'm on linux, and it's zippy(Linux mint Cinnamon)

    • TheMetalsail
      TheMetalsail 19 hours ago

      yeah why buy it if the game mode tab shit that should remove the updates during gaming and virus checks don't fucking work like seriusly why i do get 1 or 2 virus scans while i play skyrim about an 2hours ??? Fuck windows its a fucking virus itself imo!

  • Hari Krishnan
    Hari Krishnan 3 days ago

    His name is same as that of Linux's creator. Advocates windows :D

  • iMatanovi
    iMatanovi 3 days ago

    yeah I just changed my motherboard and my gpu and guess what, Activate Windows even tried troubleshooting with stated that I recently changed my hardware and nope, still had to buy a new license.

  • Andrew Nelson
    Andrew Nelson 3 days ago

    It's called file sharing not pirating.

  • joshua apolony
    joshua apolony 4 days ago

    Linus: 'Why does Linus pirate windows??'

  • Ali Raza
    Ali Raza 4 days ago +2

    More than half of the world uses pirated windows.. whats the problem?.

  • Chronicles of Bap
    Chronicles of Bap 4 days ago

    Working in an IT department you see that Activation watermark quite often... especially if you deal with HyperV

  • FoxGaming :L
    FoxGaming :L 5 days ago +3

    there still some stupid people who buy windows?

    • Fatih YAVUZ
      Fatih YAVUZ Day ago +1

      you were swimming in the viruses you know right?

    • N0LifeRada
      N0LifeRada Day ago +1

      There's still people that don't?

  • Fammo
    Fammo 5 days ago +1

    You are ful as stryk

  • Jani Tiainen
    Jani Tiainen 5 days ago +1

    Only Fortnite geeks would whine about something that really doesn't matter. Miicroblows gave us Windows, Linux game us /home.

  • PoopMan
    PoopMan 5 days ago

    It really boggles me that people like the guys at LTT haven't figured out how to use WDS or at least answering files for installing windows

  • TheAfricanPrince
    TheAfricanPrince 5 days ago

    download windows pro and buy a activation code from eBay

  • Sport/eSport And Much More

    Linus is worst looking nerd ever

  • Please enter a name.
    Please enter a name. 6 days ago +7

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  • bryant nonya
    bryant nonya 6 days ago

    Windows probably checks the MAC address for the main board...
    By the way use a VPN for the license key and tell Microsoft to go fuck themselves...

  • peyu i krasyu
    peyu i krasyu 6 days ago

    using kmspico is the way to go , brother!

  • Chaosprince829
    Chaosprince829 6 days ago

    My question is where do you pirate from?

  • Shinji Ikari
    Shinji Ikari 7 days ago

    LOL now I know why I couldn't activate my W10 with licence keys, that I bought. Everytime I reboot my computers, they reactivate with the key embedded into my MS account.

  • It’s Melon
    It’s Melon 7 days ago

    *The Medic*

  • trii _ppyy08
    trii _ppyy08 7 days ago

    i honestly dont even notice the water mark im mostly paying attention to linus or anyone else thats talking, and if it was my own pc i still wouldnt mind the mark lmfao

  • Ray Hoover
    Ray Hoover 7 days ago

    I built my PC during my freshman year... I'm in my senior now and I still have not activate windows. I just personally think its dumb to buy widows and you can get it for free with the only issue being a water mark

  • Claudio H. Picolo
    Claudio H. Picolo 7 days ago +1

    I never had this kind of annoying stuff since 2013 when I upgraded all my systems to Linux Mint Cinnamon. :-D
    (And never wanted to roll back to Windows since that.)

    • Tony Elsom
      Tony Elsom 3 days ago

      Booting to LM via ext usb drive at the moment..Win7 still on laptop and pc with 5 displays between the two of 'em....fuck winx..🙂

  • ukpauliogazzio
    ukpauliogazzio 8 days ago +4

    This is why piracy exists.... why bother purchasing Windows when Microsoft continues to mess you about? KMS Pico offers you a better service for free.

  • Lopsang Lama
    Lopsang Lama 8 days ago

    Wtf ??? 😂😂😂

  • Vasiliy Postnikov
    Vasiliy Postnikov 8 days ago

    Go kms, bro

  • Chris
    Chris 8 days ago

    It's not piracy if you can download it from their website for free. I just look at it like a trail version that never runs out. Besides, they'll still make money on you if you allow them to collect your data. Think they've realized now that piracy is inevitable so there's no point in restricting access. You'll probably just end up pissing off normal users more than the pirates as pirates are used to restricted access, messages popping up and working around them anyway. Normal users not so much.

  • Matin Winchester
    Matin Winchester 8 days ago

    just get a crack

  • David Christian
    David Christian 8 days ago

    u look like the nerd guy in static shock.

  • Ego Alter
    Ego Alter 9 days ago

    I personally don't know of a single enterprise that uses legitimate windows. From schools through accounting firms to the fucking government.

  • Patrick Basquina
    Patrick Basquina 9 days ago +2

    It happened to me when I replaced the motherboard of my PC

  • Troy Ellis
    Troy Ellis 9 days ago +9

    The military doesn't activate windows on any of their computers. 😛

  • Roberto Giménez
    Roberto Giménez 9 days ago

    People still use Windows.

  • Darmi Games
    Darmi Games 10 days ago

    Will I have to buy new license key, if I move my SSD with Windows to another computer?

    • Chris
      Chris 8 days ago

      Possibly (as you seen in the video they're not very consistent) but there really isn't much difference between an unactivated and an activated version of windows anyway. A watermark pops up from time to time in the bottom corner and some of the settings options (think it's just the personalization options) aren't available but that's about it and you can work around all of them anyway.

  • John Da Beyonder
    John Da Beyonder 10 days ago

    Who else here use Reloader Activator?

  • lizzie McDonald
    lizzie McDonald 10 days ago

    so why ever by it if you could have it with the watermark

  • Jeff Lim
    Jeff Lim 10 days ago

    windows cd key is tied to your motherboard/cpu. If you are getting a retail windows key, you have only a limited amount of times to reset your windows activation.Then, you need to get a new license. But if you would to bought the cheaper oem key, there's no way to reset, you have to buy a new oem key, everytime you changed a motherboard/cpu.

  • TheLegendInYou
    TheLegendInYou 10 days ago

    I purchased a full windows 7 pro just for hardware swaps and rebuilding. they eventually just locked my key and auto hang up. even before it locked out, it took over an hour to legitimize. For $350 this is just nuts. Never again.

  • ThatOneInternetGuy
    ThatOneInternetGuy 10 days ago +1

    so can you not just remove it via regedit or something?

  • Arising-Tale
    Arising-Tale 11 days ago

    why does windows pirate linus?

  • Robert Speidell
    Robert Speidell 11 days ago

    the HAL hardware allocation layer

  • Ayan Daftary
    Ayan Daftary 11 days ago +2

    Oh man, C'mon , Am I the only one who snuck in Windows registry editor and deleted that '' Activate Windows '' watermark from my Windows is.

  • chris
    chris 11 days ago


  • Fry Em Up
    Fry Em Up 11 days ago

    dumb ad

  • Galatic Playzz
    Galatic Playzz 11 days ago

    Whosna PC here's here?

  • fly
    fly 11 days ago +1