Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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  • matthew keissard
    matthew keissard 3 hours ago

    lol i've been pirating windows so long, i never even realised this was an issue xd

  • Aura
    Aura 4 hours ago

    When I built my PC at the beginning of this year this was really helpful. Instead of shelling out like 100 bucks for Windows I went with the free version. Which was good since I swapped actually every part because my PC was super unstable. (Runs Smooth as f*ck now btw)

  • Ultimite Ethan Gaming
    Ultimite Ethan Gaming 6 hours ago

    Anything free is good for me :D

  • Cereal Pirate
    Cereal Pirate 8 hours ago

    for me it is principal. I have a computer with windows and I either salvage the guts to build something better or I trash it and build a new one. technically I am still using the same 1 copy as with the original however they ask for the stupid activation. I used to call india until I realize .... your Operating "System" should never have to be activated... it is the system. now any software you buy I agree with that 100%. and Microsoft kinda screwed themselves when they GAVE us a FREE upgrade to Windows 10 ;) Oh and pc manufactures not giving you a restore disk is just shady. I dont want 6 or more different partitions on my hard drive. a clean install of windows 10 only has 3 at the most. I dont like how windows 10 is bundled. you cant start off with a clean slate like Mac or Linux. all of the windows defender, my cloud and god knows what else is running in the background. I just dont trust Microsoft. but I need them .... damn 3d work.

  • trustymove
    trustymove 13 hours ago

    Windows should just save the key to the driver idk what Im talking about but thats a possibility.

  • Adam Mann
    Adam Mann 20 hours ago

    you shouldnt use the word pirate, it implies you stole a license!

  • X Treamer
    X Treamer Day ago

    Is it only the oem versions??

  • michael christian robles

    He said, they tried it before and it works, (deactivated windows), and doesn’t work during actual demo, may be because the hardware ID used for demo is already registered on your licence key activation history. So it retains activation?

  • michael christian robles

    He said, they tried it before and it works, (deactivated windows), and doesn’t work during actual demo, may be because the hardware ID used for demo is already registered on your licence key activation history. So it retains activation?

  • Brandon H
    Brandon H Day ago +2

    The way you transition to the sponsor plug is elegant.

  • Roland Cole
    Roland Cole 2 days ago

    7:38 Linus why didn't you just hit Windows Key + D?

  • Dexter Estacion
    Dexter Estacion 2 days ago +2

    You can just use KMSPico For unlimited Activation

  • Carl Lindberg
    Carl Lindberg 2 days ago

    the motherboard holds all the PC components together replace that and its technically a New computer

    • Nikhil Playyz
      Nikhil Playyz Day ago

      But the windows is stored on a hard drive and the same hard drive on a different motherboard can cause that issue which linus stated

  • Dysastus 21
    Dysastus 21 2 days ago

    Linus... i got one word for ya... KMSpico... that is all

  • Tetra Enforcers
    Tetra Enforcers 2 days ago

    Click bait

  • Evergreen
    Evergreen 3 days ago

    7:23 FBI open up

  • SkullMinePro
    SkullMinePro 3 days ago +1

    Once I pulled out my memory to see what it was, then put it straight back in to test and when I restarted my computer it said:
    "aCtIvAtE wInDoWs"

  • Shpoink
    Shpoink 3 days ago

    The key is in the bios, Microsoft account, cloud, and linked to your IP to lower the chances of a false positive with deactivation

  • YOSHI43 Official
    YOSHI43 Official 3 days ago +2

    I remember that I lost my Windows 8 license a day before activation...

  • fofal
    fofal 4 days ago +5

    How do I know its legit if I didn't see the license key???

  • Tony Sutherlin
    Tony Sutherlin 4 days ago

    You seriously had to explain this to your subs, Linus? I thought we were all geeks here... but, I'm glad you made the vid as I sent it over to my son to explain what happened with his new gaming hardware. (He's a 15 yo fledgling geek otherwise known as padawan)
    Always enjoy the show, thank you!

  • Can we get me to 1,000,000 subscribers?

    add the activate windows watermark to all your videos

  • Ýôû Çéf
    Ýôû Çéf 4 days ago +4

    Bill Gates says : pay the bill or you will enter the hell gates

    • Upload-No-Evil
      Upload-No-Evil 3 days ago +1

      No, I paid the hell to avoid entering the bill gates

  • Witgang Younotube
    Witgang Younotube 5 days ago

    i really hate Microsoft for the way they turned to be and also Google for killing android.

  • Tyco072
    Tyco072 5 days ago

    But are you using a OEM or RETAIL license? As far I know, with the retail version you have not limits in changing hardware or migrating to another PC (license transfer, in this case)

  • SiViX
    SiViX 5 days ago

    Windows licenses are restricted by the motherboard. You get a new mobo, you need a new license, you will never need a new license for changing anything else on your PC besides the MOBO. I can't believe you don't know this, Linus. What kind of "tech pro" channel are you running, here...?

  • Viktor Afaunov
    Viktor Afaunov 5 days ago

    If you borrow a book from a friend, that isn't "theft". Without "Microsoft" the world was much better.

  • Aidan Forrester
    Aidan Forrester 5 days ago +8

    I have been using an unactivated windows 10 copy for literally years. The watermark sometimes does not even show up when I boot. I don't think that windows actually is meant to run without a product key for that long... I have been using it for over 2 years... I'm going to build my new rig, and hopefully use the same boot drive soon sooo fun.

    • Aidan Forrester
      Aidan Forrester 22 hours ago

      +Quidnatawd Bidness on the other hand I would pay 100 USD for a legal copy of osx that had driver support for and CPUs and Nvidia cards. OSX > Win 10 but Win is neccicary for gaming and a lot of productivity apps to.

    • Quidnatawd Bidness
      Quidnatawd Bidness Day ago

      Same lol, not bout to drop any money on something I can have for free with the slightest little watermark. Can't imagine why Microsoft thinks the full version is worth almost $200 CAD...

    • alextwist8
      alextwist8 Day ago +1

      Same here. I don't even notice it anymore.

  • Mr. Smity
    Mr. Smity 5 days ago +1

    BSA!! OPEN UP!!

  • Ali Abdallah
    Ali Abdallah 6 days ago

    Just kmspico it

  • D Neiroukh
    D Neiroukh 6 days ago

    Digital licence = your Microsoft account Linus...

  • Ajila Waya
    Ajila Waya 6 days ago

    What about scdkey? Does the buying in bulk and selling cheap violate terms and conditions?

  • Dystar 924
    Dystar 924 6 days ago

    I can only suggest not to buy used PCBS, even the newer have bugs, at least, check the CMOS or another hardware firmware application... 🗨😘💻🔌➿🔋〽️

  • Zewwy
    Zewwy 6 days ago

    Why is the tag sticking out the back of your shirt!

  • KKMasterYT - PC Tutorials and Minecraft Videos

    Microsoft: "Windows 10 offers more safety"
    User: "Nice! I'll install this in my ineffective spray that kills pests to be more safe!"

  • Jay Playz - ROBLOX & More!

    should've put "Activate Windows" at the bottom right of the screen, for the whole video.

  • MrFaceeatingcancer
    MrFaceeatingcancer 7 days ago

    Are we Turtley enough to be in your turtle club

    DBNROP 7 days ago

    Recently sold my whole build for another one and all I kept was the hard drive, Put that hard drive in the new computer and boom.... Windows is not activated.. Even though I linked it to a Microsoft account.

  • Diego HvH King
    Diego HvH King 8 days ago

    Just crack it lol.

  • Stygian Abyss
    Stygian Abyss 8 days ago

    Action Pack works well too for test benches.

  • DovahKiinL
    DovahKiinL 8 days ago

    Man that sponsor was smoother than a baby's asscheek

  • TheSweeTiger Chun
    TheSweeTiger Chun 8 days ago

    and what about the windows server with the activation liscence inside of your installation

  • håvard windingstad
    håvard windingstad 8 days ago

    why would anyone use windows 10?

  • Abu Umar
    Abu Umar 8 days ago

    I love the way you introduce your sponsors!!

  • Patrick Givens
    Patrick Givens 8 days ago

    So my windows 8 was force updated to windows 10 last year, oh well. Fast forward to a week ago when the hard drive died and I realized I had never made a restore point with the windows 10. Now I'm learning windows 8 again(currently unsupported) and microsoft says they can only help me if I resubscribe to their tech support mafia. This video gave me inspiration for other ways to try and transfer my old windows 10 to the new rig. It's a fools hope sure, but I appreciate the random tidbits that just happened to spark an idea. Happy St. Patty's day!

  • None
    None 9 days ago

    That's exactly why MS have the skip button for license, or don't ask your linked e-mail right in the begging of setup.
    They wouldn't state that Windows can be used for tests and stuff without a license, because ppl can find ways to use it in environments that are not actually for that, you know...
    This is a LOT better approach instead of the old TechNet program, you can use it freely for this purposes, MS won't care, everyone is happy.
    Any MS restriction in this matter wouldn't prevent ppl that already use cr4cked software to cr4ck Windows too. So... why to bother when someone doesn't activate Win for tests when MS gave you this option from the beginning?

  • Little Temmie
    Little Temmie 9 days ago

    I think the reason why the Windows 10 pro didn't reset the license because the pro has different because the hardware was burned in

  • Brian
    Brian 9 days ago

    Linus is really God at segues...

  • John McKeon
    John McKeon 9 days ago

    That sponsorship transitions

  • Lurius Sky
    Lurius Sky 9 days ago

    Hello linus. have to correct you ... we did the skip, later internet connection is block, some features are block. if you dont activate not true you can update.

  • minecraftlols minecraftlols

    who reads eula/tos??? lol

  • Twisted Wheelerz
    Twisted Wheelerz 9 days ago

    Interesting thanks for the brain food!

  • Tuvshintugs Erdenebat

    he don't know what he talking about

  • JustSomeRandomGamer - Gaming & More!

    Who doesn't pirate Windows?

  • 666rogdog
    666rogdog 10 days ago

    If you can talk French!! Fuck English!!

  • Matthew McLearnon
    Matthew McLearnon 11 days ago

    My Chemistry teacher has a pirated version of windows!

  • Jim Garbe
    Jim Garbe 11 days ago

    It's very interesting! I'm a Linux user and ran across this video. Windows may be appealing again- after seeing this video.

  • Dindu Nuffins
    Dindu Nuffins 11 days ago

    Your full of shit nigga, you pirating dat shit.

  • Mike Mitchell
    Mike Mitchell 11 days ago +2

    I have never watched your channel before, but this was interesting. Thanks for the info. I learned stuff. And stuff is good.

  • tedwutang
    tedwutang 12 days ago

    Real problem with big company like ms they should make the license stick no matter hardware change.
    The very reason Linus should pirate and pirating ideal is on. Not to steal copyright as much as it is to make statements company need to be more open and properly set how they detect genuine products

  • Kitsune's Den
    Kitsune's Den 12 days ago

    5k white knights defending Gates

  • mahlon paku
    mahlon paku 12 days ago

    Lol still remember when devilsown came out it took me a week to download on a dial up connection.

  • Rufus Was Cool
    Rufus Was Cool 12 days ago

    Ok, this was actually pretty great, haha.

  • the40rk
    the40rk 12 days ago

    Nah, this is pretty legit. Ran into the same issue on my PC. Annoying to say the least.

  • Klepto
    Klepto 12 days ago +4

    didnt see that sponsor plug coming to be honest

  • Verum Semita
    Verum Semita 12 days ago

    the idea of buying license every year is outrageous,,every software should be free at first, if you want an update that is when they should charge it, i think that is fair considering they make money on other ways

  • Дима Тилляев

    The lesson is - Don't use Windows

  • Vladimir Marin
    Vladimir Marin 12 days ago

    Windows sucks.

  • PurPlex Geometry Dash
    PurPlex Geometry Dash 13 days ago

    I always thought it was so you could say you built the PC for 500 and not 600 because you had to buy Windows 10 Home.

  • clavin cicilia
    clavin cicilia 13 days ago

    This dude and his sponsoring skills

  • Keith Rodgers
    Keith Rodgers 13 days ago

    users are swapping out pieces of hardware all the time , its ridiculous . There has to be a way to move your license without deactivating your account.just ditched windows for that very reason, 3 laptops switched over to SSDs and they shutdown the licenses, thats it done with Microsoft !

  • TheEnderman - MC And RB

    0:13 aaactivate winnnnndowwws

  • gris186
    gris186 13 days ago

    Yarrr me hearties, have ye swapped out ye hardwarrrrre lately?

  • Zenree G
    Zenree G 13 days ago

    Windows attached to MB..

  • TheHornet79
    TheHornet79 13 days ago

    Just install it and buy a activation key on eBay. I spent 4 dollars and no problem at all.

  • Robert Conde
    Robert Conde 13 days ago

    Anyone that actually does IT for a living knows this...

  • Cameron Something
    Cameron Something 14 days ago +2

    8:51 so you're saying windows updates are a good thing?

  • MadScientist1001
    MadScientist1001 14 days ago

    so this means im gonna run out of reactivations every time i upgrade my pc?

  • Goofball Gaming
    Goofball Gaming 14 days ago

    Love this, so many snipers try to accuse others of nefarious deeds

  • Scott Rodger
    Scott Rodger 14 days ago

    its actually caused by switching hardware on windows copies that are proprietery for that system. such as i put my hp hard drive in a dell pc. and then my computer un activated. after much research this only happens with windows thats locked to specific hardware....

  • Levi
    Levi 14 days ago

    KMSpico saves the day

  • AJ Spitzfaden
    AJ Spitzfaden 14 days ago

    You want steal a car downloading is stealing

  • Zodiac011
    Zodiac011 14 days ago

    Never had the prompt on this PC in 18 months, I never had it on my old Motherboard either which I had for 18 months, but my Dad has the prompt yet he used same pirate version on the same USB

  • TECH 360
    TECH 360 14 days ago

    KMSPICO :) !

  • Fog
    Fog 14 days ago +1

    I sleep just fine at night even pirating Windows... Used to have a legit key but had to format PC without backup and... RIP legit key

    • Dem Diamond
      Dem Diamond 13 days ago +1

      you could have the license kept in your motherboard in some thing called SLIC or if you didn't format the recovery partition you could reset the entire pc from there licensed

  • Humans R Ants
    Humans R Ants 14 days ago

    I had to buy Windows 10 again when I built my i9 PC Microsoft support wouldn't have it that I wasn't going to use the old computer anymore.

  • David Ruedeman
    David Ruedeman 14 days ago +1

    So why don’t they use USB dongles?

    • jay lowkey
      jay lowkey 14 days ago

      "Sentinel HASP Key" and "Sentinel USB Key" are supposed to be strong protections )

    • jay lowkey
      jay lowkey 14 days ago

      because will get hacked too in matter of minutes. Check Mastercam crack..."MultiKey_20.0_x64_test_mode" it creates virtual dongle and tricks Flex....there is no limit to knowledge.

  • Fahad MK
    Fahad MK 14 days ago

    What how he's changing the motherboard or processor and still getting windows installed? I mean if I change something that I need to install windows again, can somebody explain me plz??

    • Heightist
      Heightist 14 days ago

      Usually you can swap one or two parts without having to activate again, unless it's the motherboard. Windows has a weird identifier that no one fully understands. If you swap too many parts it will deactivate.

    • Heightist
      Heightist 14 days ago


  • Shawn Hopscotch
    Shawn Hopscotch 15 days ago +4

    Here is a radical idea:

    Go back to strictly using the older (no activation required) Windows OSes. You would probably be more than a little surprised at the growing sub-culture of PC users who are actively breathing new life back into Windows 95, 98 and 2000. I kid you not! Some people are actually beginning to write new (unofficial) drivers and patches for new hardware for the Legacy Windows OSes to run on. And...

    There is your next video!

    *The Challenge:*

    Getting a Legacy Windows OS to run on your test bench with modern hardware with the objective of a final official install on a modern PC.

  • Dowell Boys
    Dowell Boys 15 days ago

    Linus is a pirate? Let's talk about that.

  • Malcolm Cleere
    Malcolm Cleere 15 days ago +2

    Just use removewatt problem solved 🕵️

  • dodo killeurs
    dodo killeurs 15 days ago +1

    windows is atache to your ssd or hhd you change your storage you lost

  • John McMahon
    John McMahon 15 days ago

    Business customers shouldn't be dealing with retail licensing. You should go talk to an MS account rep about enterprise licensing and if you need remote desktop or VDA licensing for your use case. I can't remember the last time I've dealt with physical license keys for windows. These days you could purchase a few user enterprise licenses through O365 / azure and it would solve your activation issues since they are per user (5 activated devices by default). If you exceed the number of installed devices you just have your o365 /azure admin remove the devices and carry on. Microsoft licensing for business customers is much friendlier.

  • theedrstrangelove
    theedrstrangelove 15 days ago


  • theedrstrangelove
    theedrstrangelove 15 days ago

    It's pronounced Lee nus not Ly nus.

  • manuel mane
    manuel mane 15 days ago

    1 eur on ebay the license LOL

  • Ronnie Roo
    Ronnie Roo 15 days ago

    I move whole hard drives from system to system and no deactivateionsmy school has none activated windows

  • David Karowski
    David Karowski 15 days ago +10

    not activating windows, YOU PIRATED IT! lolwut no you just didnt activated it

  • C u
    C u 15 days ago

    Now have 7 ultimate key 2019 free upgrading to 10 pro license is saved to my Microsoft account Haha

  • TotPYsera
    TotPYsera 15 days ago +1

    First thing I checked was if the date was April 1st.