Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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  • Blo0dbound89
    Blo0dbound89 Day ago

    just disable the stupid watermark in the registry x)

    AZ MUZIK 2 days ago

    All you need is uninstalled the driver first before swapping any hardware.

  • Jason Hatt
    Jason Hatt 3 days ago

    2:31 The Ship of Theseus is flying a Jolly Roger!

  • Heino Brummer
    Heino Brummer 4 days ago

    If you want a legit key for windows 10 pro or home just go to CJS-cdkeys.com I bought 3 keys there for like $13 a key and they worked everytime.

  • ashtar assadi
    ashtar assadi 4 days ago

    I wouldnt care if it was in the vid

  • 505Cent
    505Cent 5 days ago

    I had to swap my motherboard once. After I got the activation prompt it gave me the option to reenter my Microsoft password and my license got renewed. No calling support needed.

  • SysPowerTools
    SysPowerTools 5 days ago

    Solution. Use linux.

  • Willam Millar
    Willam Millar 5 days ago +2

    Bought a win 10 pro license for 1 pound 20 it works perfectly lol
    Off Ebay
    Basically a dollar

  • skinoku
    skinoku 5 days ago

    Use HWIDgen every time it gets unactivated and then tell your fans you bought it. They are happy and you keep your money!

  • Jay Time
    Jay Time 5 days ago +1

    This shows you just how ignorant people are who hate & troll others. Before they even ever thought about researching they spewed poison onto the comments section

  • Natsu Dragnell
    Natsu Dragnell 6 days ago

    9:20 you lil bastard I hat you I hate you I hate you

  • Natsu Dragnell
    Natsu Dragnell 6 days ago

    0:31 This sneaky bastard is too fucking good

  • Aaron Fleisher
    Aaron Fleisher 6 days ago

    This is the ship of Theseus conundrum. Windows doesn't perdure. There lies the problem. Microsoft needs to make Windows a temporal worm if wants to accommodate Linus' usage.

  • Igor Lacko
    Igor Lacko 6 days ago

    Just assign key to microsoft account and no problem :) and each time when you login with it will be activated. Regardless hardware change.

  • Specialopsdave
    Specialopsdave 7 days ago

    Not piracy, clickb8

  • Szymon P
    Szymon P 7 days ago +1

    windows 10 key is less then 2 bucks cmon

  • Sejr
    Sejr 7 days ago +1

    Now what about that watermark on his shirt ?

  • Davi the Human
    Davi the Human 8 days ago

    microsoft actually activated windows for me when i clicked problem solution and then activate windows

  • Planting Gem4161
    Planting Gem4161 8 days ago +3

    Why were so many people mad about a water mark lmao

  • Valters Rutulis
    Valters Rutulis 8 days ago


  • Valters Rutulis
    Valters Rutulis 8 days ago

    I call dibs on linux

  • RapidCoyote
    RapidCoyote 9 days ago

    I had this issue when I swapped my mobo

  • Zaal'Koris Vas Qwib-Qwib

    **cough** *KMSPico* **Cough**

  • Lucia Anihali
    Lucia Anihali 10 days ago

    Ayyy monstercat

  • ACguernica
    ACguernica 10 days ago

    To think that you would actually have stupid Apes I mean humans arguing over you not activating windows on your testing devices. Some people just need to be ignored.

  • Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad Ali 10 days ago

    Fuck these stupid commentators and corporate- dicks ...... I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU !!
    Piracy is always needed !!

  • Israel Lai
    Israel Lai 11 days ago +1

    I got confused and thought Linux was pirating Windows through wine

  • Fly Kriki
    Fly Kriki 11 days ago

    activate youtube linus

  • Greenfirefist
    Greenfirefist 12 days ago

    I’m about to install windows 10 free version to my first PC will the watermark still be there when playing games ?

  • K3 Tsunami
    K3 Tsunami 12 days ago +13

    That was the best sponsor transition I've seen yet.

  • Hawk_ish
    Hawk_ish 13 days ago +2

    The driver part pisses me off. The pc I built doesn't recognize the USB I installed.

    • Corey Hopkins
      Corey Hopkins 9 days ago

      there was probably a failure in the download to the usb. happens often. try it again.

  • Wind of change
    Wind of change 13 days ago

    Cause its not worth the overprice MS charges.

  • DuceQuestionMark
    DuceQuestionMark 13 days ago +1

    Dually noted. Let it officially show this matter should be closed.

  • Vasilios Sotiropoulos
    Vasilios Sotiropoulos 14 days ago

    this guy's ads are so smoothly introduced

  • Hippity Hop
    Hippity Hop 15 days ago

    Does sli solve this

  • PsychoCaki
    PsychoCaki 15 days ago

    0:53 that pose Linus, Well why dont we talk about

    SEX :))

  • RaRe Barney
    RaRe Barney 15 days ago

    People really mad that he pirated windows lol. They just mad that they didn't do it first.

  • Zak Craven
    Zak Craven 15 days ago

    Not really pirated there is just no point in paying for it cos you can get it free

  • Volkan Birgin➊
    Volkan Birgin➊ 16 days ago

    I think its because of your microsoft account

  • jay t
    jay t 16 days ago

    Makes sense... but digital licences in Europe are like $3 on reseller sites and they are mostly legit and work. Enterprise w10 cost me £2.

  • Heath Barker
    Heath Barker 16 days ago

    I can't get passed the earrings.

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube 16 days ago +1

    2:52 It's like "the old ship - new ship by replaced parts" paradox. wow

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube 16 days ago

    When the sponsorship jumped in, I drank something therefore I almost suffocated

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube 16 days ago

    I watched this video "VFX Artists React to Bad & Great CGi
    " thexvid.com/video/_4WrKeoeZhk/video.html so I had to come here.

  • Jonathon Fleming
    Jonathon Fleming 17 days ago

    I had my time limit run out on my pc but I hit restart right when it happened and it let me keep windows.

  • Bo Petersen
    Bo Petersen 17 days ago

    If you have bought a full license - the one that usually cost $2-300 - you will have that available, for life, for any (one at at time) installation you will do - even if it is 50 new installations a day.
    You could, even if thats not strictly legal according to the EULA, have 10 PC's installed with the same license. And MS wont sue you as long as you only boot one at a time - you only have to reactivate the last booted and no other PC (with the same license) online.
    There are NO clause in the EULA that states the maximum activation's you can do with a full license !!!.
    But doing what Linus do it would be a hell of a mess to clear/clean-up in just a few weeks. And yes, I do the same - skip the license key untill I'm absolutely sure the HW setup is right - then comes the license key and activation :-)

  • Rams Hacks
    Rams Hacks 17 days ago

    I'm so happy I still have my pirated windows 10 pro I'm never getting rid of it👌💯

    • Lalak Balazs
      Lalak Balazs 16 days ago

      Lol. Windows 10 Enterprise Editition Pirated was here, with an activator :D

  • flakey
    flakey 18 days ago

    windows tos suck ass lmao

  • P Henry
    P Henry 18 days ago

    Who gives a shit even if it were pirated, those money hungry ass hats don't deserve my money

  • Garry Smith
    Garry Smith 18 days ago

    Only happens when you change your motherboard

  • Slavisa C#
    Slavisa C# 18 days ago

    Windows is technically a rippoff. Buying windows and activate it to many times ends you up buying new copy of windows is completely ridiculous and should be illegal.

  • BeginLinux Guru
    BeginLinux Guru 18 days ago

    Hey Linus! I also had a Technet Pro account back in the day, before Microsoft discontinued it. I'm primarily a Linux guy, but I needed that Technet Pro account in order to set up and test Nagios monitoring solutions for Windows servers. After Microsoft discontinued Technet Pro, I had the chance to attend a Microsoft event where there was a live demo of their new version of Virtual Machine Manager. When I complained to the official Microsoft evangelist about how I really needed Technet Pro in order to test things for my clients, he told me to just use the trial versions of their software. He then told me to create the Windows Server virtual machines on Hyper-V, and to disable the time synchronization between the host machine and the virtual machine to keep the trial versions from timing out.

    Bottom line for me--If an official Microsoft rep says that it's okay to do this sort of thing for testing purposes, then it's also okay with me.

  • Plex Matzke
    Plex Matzke 19 days ago

    coz of the video title I thought linus torvalds pirates windows... silly me.

  • bboychopsuey1
    bboychopsuey1 19 days ago

    Happened to me when I upgraded

  • Matt Nuthak
    Matt Nuthak 20 days ago

    LTT is the bomb! I appreciate the keen dialogue, Linus rolled 10 charisma and speech. Keep up the good work, guys!

  • James Ellison
    James Ellison 20 days ago +8

    Just change your desktop background to the same colour as the watermark text

    • nowonmetube
      nowonmetube 16 days ago

      Great, so you won't use any software because you're afraid to see the watermark.

    • Cicero 219
      Cicero 219 20 days ago +1

      James Ellison about that.....

  • Pyro Head
    Pyro Head 21 day ago

    I remember in Windows 7 being able to remove that prompt with a few commands in the command prompt.

  • Vault Boy 636
    Vault Boy 636 21 day ago

    Linus pirates Windows because he has Linux

  • Sebastian Erives Mejia
    Sebastian Erives Mejia 22 days ago +1

    I’ve never paid for windows, but for some reason there is a key linked with my Microsoft account that has activated windows 8.1 and 10 for me...

  • Augden Fischer
    Augden Fischer 22 days ago +1

    Because it doesn't fucking matter. Who really fucking cares. If you care pulls on Microsoft stick out your ass.

  • teleturbo
    teleturbo 22 days ago

    I'm a Linux user... Made me smile a bit...

  • Christopher Tavarez
    Christopher Tavarez 22 days ago

    Idk if anyone can help me but is it possible that not having windows activated can cause 100% disk space?

  • Jhoooj
    Jhoooj 22 days ago

    KMS >>>>> waste money

  • Adrian Jarvis
    Adrian Jarvis 23 days ago

    lol. paying for an OS

    • BoHjalmarGames
      BoHjalmarGames 22 days ago

      How would MS make money from Windows otherwise?

  • MaQuGo119
    MaQuGo119 23 days ago


  • Mahdi Ahmed
    Mahdi Ahmed 23 days ago +4

    just run a kms.bat file by one of the indian tech channel

  • Fyriiee
    Fyriiee 24 days ago +17

    just remove the watermark completely from the registry editor, it's pretty easy lmao

    • nowonmetube
      nowonmetube 16 days ago +1

      +Fyriiee That's how you create bugs: A software is intended to show an image -> image doesn't exist -> software shows, that a file couldn't be loaded - or -> software just crashes - (or both)

    • Fyriiee
      Fyriiee 17 days ago +1

      Slav4o911 If the HDD/SDD stays the same, wouldn’t the watermark not appear if he image itself is deleted from the registry? Just some of my thoughts

    • Slav4o911
      Slav4o911 17 days ago +2

      It comes back after a time... or if you change some hardware... also the watermark shows me the computer is working OK. If watermark is not present something is wrong with my machine... we are best buddies with the watermark now... :-)

    • Fyriiee
      Fyriiee 20 days ago

      the DEFAVLT gamer It’s pretty easy, try searching it up on youtube.

    • the DEFAVLT gamer
      the DEFAVLT gamer 20 days ago


  • RoachMcToast
    RoachMcToast 24 days ago

    Linus explaining to idiots that they are idiots but being patient. 🤣

  • Zac Zoon
    Zac Zoon 24 days ago

    Is a windows volume licensing not applicable?

  • StarCoinHero
    StarCoinHero 25 days ago


  • tomtalk24
    tomtalk24 25 days ago

    Hahaha, those people who complained have never built a PC. The simplest of tasks.

  • NPC # 34243424234
    NPC # 34243424234 26 days ago

    that's why Linux is better

    • Solos
      Solos 23 days ago

      NPC # 34243424234 please say your joking

  • workingusername
    workingusername 26 days ago

    Hmm now I’m seeing a contradiction from the supposed PC master race build your own pc ground up or your a pleb peasant community. If they are as purest as they claim and insult anyone who just bought a built PC, then that would of meant they are very familiar with installing Microsoft OS and would’ve known that this skip activation during install has been a feature for a really long time.

  • Vincent Hildebrand
    Vincent Hildebrand 26 days ago

    I embraced not activating a spare computer... All that I do on it, resides in a hard drive I plug into the USB port. Bit of a drag to keep re installing it but win 7 will be de platformed soon anyway.

  • Daimien Taylor
    Daimien Taylor 26 days ago +1

    The 5.1K people that dislike this probably work for Microsoft.

  • Harris Papadopoulos
    Harris Papadopoulos 26 days ago

    Or use ms guides

  • usertjr59
    usertjr59 26 days ago

    I had a hdd fail on a new laptop.i dl win 10 from microsoft website to stick.no problems all went well with new drive.have not been asked to activate.not sure why

  • Nite Hawk
    Nite Hawk 26 days ago +1

    i paid one time at windows 95. it has booklet and cd too :)

  • Magnus Nilsen
    Magnus Nilsen 26 days ago

    Active Windows or m8 die
    Go to settings and active FU*****CKIN WINDOWS

  • Adrian Östberg
    Adrian Östberg 26 days ago +1

    It is exactly the same reason why I use AdBlocks

  • dimitrius sergivius
    dimitrius sergivius 27 days ago

    i wasnt listening, can you repeat the whole thing but with a British accent?

  • Raven1g
    Raven1g 27 days ago

    Windows 10 activates with Microsoft Account, when no one else is using the same account. When Microsoft Account Service detects two connections from different IP, they'll block license linked to this account.

  • Baldi
    Baldi 27 days ago

    Steam in here audacity here google in here activite windows
    Activite sex tips

  • Rayhant Aji Chatulistiwa

    it might permanently activated on HDD

  • let's molt
    let's molt 28 days ago

    Just unactivate mse, download WindowsLoader and activate windows for free

  • Pros and Cons
    Pros and Cons 29 days ago

    5 ways to get windows 10 nonactivated cracked genuine activated but gray market or not genuine

  • nxtFighter
    nxtFighter 29 days ago

    Why don't you use Windows 10 Enterprise?

  • Ben Hill
    Ben Hill 29 days ago

    Changing my mobo did this and ringing msoft is a pain.

  • MWB Gaming
    MWB Gaming 29 days ago +8

    i never pay for windows, when i need a key, i just go to a store and write down an OEM key from the bottom of one of their laptops XD
    i have acquired about 30 keys for various versions of windows 7 and about 5 windows 10 pro keys over the years

  • Nick Figueroa
    Nick Figueroa 29 days ago

    Wait a second so your saying technically companies that offer cloud gaming are illegal cause you are basically using windows like a remote right?

  • Krus
    Krus 29 days ago

    Everybody can do this with mediacreationtool

  • SilentGhilly
    SilentGhilly 29 days ago

    btwI could carless if you activated them or not its part of the hardware an should included free. AND if that's not the case then start removing it from all the systems on the shelves an see how many you sale you greedy bastards. When you sell them xbox's You don't make people activate the fucking dashboard!? I understand your greedy an trying to hoard all the money in the world but I think its safe to say you get enough from pc sales alone. How much money could possibly need?! Microsoft is a real shithole when you think about it. N before somone says OH yoU don't HAvE tO BuY iT . Oh yeah alright then wheres the competitive market at im not seeing?? lead me in that direction an ill gladly forget they even exist.

  • SilentGhilly
    SilentGhilly 29 days ago

    I gots a feeling im bout to but heads with windows durng my drive swap. Hopfully HOPFULLY it dosent pick up the swap an lock me out like you explained. I read online that once i connect to the internet it should reactivate but ill see. I didn't purchase this windows it came on the pc when I bought off ebay, an from what I can tell it is a legit version of windows 10 pro. Anywho if they think ima buy a new one because I swapped my drive they can suck fat cock. They already got the xboxs all mangled up to where your shelling money out left an right an cant change damn thing on it. Nxt will they'll have the pc's fuckerd Thank god for hackers or we would done be at there mercy Have us by the balls monthly subscriptions to connect to the internet you pay for!!

  • Eniel Gladiator
    Eniel Gladiator Month ago

    *A-A-A-A-Activate Window-ws*

  • Roberta Andreea
    Roberta Andreea Month ago

    me and my dad pirate windows looll because yeahh...😂😂😂

  • Frost IsNotHot
    Frost IsNotHot Month ago +2

    Linus: Uh dont hover your drink over the GTX Titan.
    Guy: Spills on the GTX Titian.
    Linus: You shall not have windows

  • Bobby Chakraborty
    Bobby Chakraborty Month ago

    OMG NCIX u used to work there, good old times

  • Paul Frederick
    Paul Frederick Month ago

    Next video Linux activation.

    • Paul Frederick
      Paul Frederick 29 days ago

      +Michał Kubicki I ran SuSE for a long time. I never paid for it. Was a while ago now though. Come to think about it I've run Red Hat a few times too before they went subscription.

    • Michał Kubicki
      Michał Kubicki Month ago

      RedHat Linux or SuSE Linux distro are in paid version so...

  • Mr.Think Lap
    Mr.Think Lap Month ago

    Use oem key instead and swap the mobo without linking to microsoft account.Tada,had a bad day

  • Emil Popovic
    Emil Popovic Month ago

    Don't activate windows, guys. Please.