Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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Komentáře • 19 651

  • 5PercentTint
    5PercentTint Před 3 hodinami

    That thumbnail smirk makes you look like Martin shkreli. Like you, Martin, offers a wealth of knowledge for FREE. Thanks

  • David Dewar
    David Dewar Před 3 hodinami

    so... this just happened to me when I got my motherboard APU upgraded, Can I have one of those keys Linus?

  • Kārlis Ešenvalds
    Kārlis Ešenvalds Před 5 hodinami

    I am a lawyer in Latvia. I really like your legal thinking in your videos! Keep up with the rights. The same in Mac Pro videos! Love them!

  • MaxAttack112
    MaxAttack112 Před 11 hodinami

    I think my teacher Pirates windows

  • Connor Daley
    Connor Daley Před 11 hodinami

    Ive been told you cant change the wallpaper on the pc if windows isnt activated. Is this true?

  • Debrian *
    Debrian * Před 11 hodinami

    2 sponsors in one video well done

  • patrick d.
    patrick d. Před 11 hodinami

    Haha. Dang windows.

  • MiKO
    MiKO Před 17 hodinami

    So if i get a new pc and put my old ssd with win 10 in it, i loose Windows?

  • Rafael Fryer
    Rafael Fryer Před dnem

    Just use Linux, no need for piracy or violation of terms and conditions.

  • Krazy Kanuck
    Krazy Kanuck Před dnem +1

    Windows will only allow you to re-install Windows 10 so many times (on the same machine), before they render your product key invalid. WHEN I get viruses, I dont like "patching" a virus with an antivirus, I prefer to wipe my drives, and reinstall my OS. I bought my copy of Windows 10 home edition in 2016, because for whatever reason the Free edition would not install on my ROG 751, and I really didn't need the pro edition. Fast forward to January 2019, and I reinstall Windows yet again (last week), and my Product key no longer works, I called Microsoft, and they want me to spend another $189 for another copy of Windows .
    Which is really fucking lame, because I already own a copy, yet they wont give me another serial number, without purchasing another copy of Windows.. All in All, Microsoft are fucking greedy bastards

  • The1RandomFool
    The1RandomFool Před dnem

    Haha, they actually told you to buy a new license every time you swapped a piece of hardware out? LMG would go broke!

  • Silvio Zlatar
    Silvio Zlatar Před dnem

    Or... you just have friends with the free windows 10 updater...

  • IOS HackZ
    IOS HackZ Před dnem

    its attached to the mobo

  • James Morgan
    James Morgan Před dnem

    Activating windows was never that difficult even back in the day, you could call straight to the telephone activation hotline, enter or say the key and they spit back your new activation key. I had to do this frequently.

    Windows 10 activation is now linked to Microsoft accounts, you own the product (windows 10 professional for example) if you purchased a digital license that didn’t come with the computer (tied to mobo under manufacturer agreement). You can remove that license and change it to another computer whenever and however many times you’d like...
    I’m not sure where you are staying “in Microsoft’s terms, they state that reactivation can stop working after a certain amount of times”, that’s simply not true lol but I’d love to see a link if you have one

  • Tiernan Wilson
    Tiernan Wilson Před dnem

    Why don't you get windows ten enterprise then?

  • Paul Gallagher
    Paul Gallagher Před dnem

    That was the best segway into an ad since paul harvey.

  • Nobody
    Nobody Před dnem

    Who wouldn't pirate windows?

  • Sebastian Muñiz
    Sebastian Muñiz Před 2 dny

    We, Linux, *BSD and Unix guys, miss the old days of copying garbage strings of nonsense text on keyboard. Wait... no, we don't.

  • Argentinian Shitposter

    KMspico Gang

  • Barry S1234
    Barry S1234 Před 2 dny


  • Matthew Pease
    Matthew Pease Před 2 dny

    Screw buying a license. what you need is.....A thumb drive a version of trial windows and Microsoft toolkit done fully activated windows for free. PS you also do not have to use trial Windows to get this method to work you can use pirated windows and run Microsoft toolkit and it will legitimize the windows you have just activated.

    • Nobody
      Nobody Před dnem

      Can you post a link to the thumb drive files so I can make one of my own?

  • Willy Behan
    Willy Behan Před 2 dny

    I actually use a product key on the bottom of a windows 7 laptop to activate all my stuff. Still works with windows 10. (I've probably used the same product key like 10 times)

  • Palotás Péter
    Palotás Péter Před 2 dny

    Ncore+Windows Toolkit. Why the fk I shoud buy windows when I get the same thing for free

  • Kaizaki Erryn
    Kaizaki Erryn Před 2 dny

    Use Linux

  • ZuRriX
    ZuRriX Před 2 dny +1

    Damn, Linus, I would never do that just to explain to a bunch of knobs how a Windows licence works. So, thank you for this video.

  • SirBlue
    SirBlue Před 2 dny

    At first I thought this said "why does Linux pirate windows"

  • Ric Sanches
    Ric Sanches Před 3 dny +1

    Linus: * Gets accused of piracy*
    Linus: Here you go one video with 2 ads

  • Finlay McKie
    Finlay McKie Před 4 dny

    gimme a key pls!!!

  • Hontom
    Hontom Před 4 dny

    0:28 slick

  • Tom W
    Tom W Před 4 dny

    Guys ive committed a horrible crime i pirated windows 95

  • oyeahisbest123
    oyeahisbest123 Před 4 dny

    I will say, i can switch entire computers and itll activate as long as i use the same user log in.

  • Hacker Downloader
    Hacker Downloader Před 4 dny

    free pro product key

  • Oscar Saul
    Oscar Saul Před 4 dny

    and this is why i stopped using windows. everything i do i can do with a linux distro and there you go

  • moose
    moose Před 4 dny

    I moved my 950 pro from my 6700k system to the new 9900k system. The window deactivated it. I got the free upgrade from windows 8 pro. I was surprised the windows 8 pro key works with windows 10 pro. I was able to reactive windows 10 pro with the old windows 8 pro key.

  • TeddyBear Gaming
    TeddyBear Gaming Před 4 dny

    Anyone else notice he was using edge?

  • No Name
    No Name Před 4 dny

    Piracy isn’t theft and license agreements are fake and gay

  • J W
    J W Před 4 dny

    Microsoft would like Access to your:

  • xavier cardenas
    xavier cardenas Před 5 dny

    talking abut that were to get legal licenses cheaper than $140?

  • Heitor Antunes Alcantra

    Microsoft is pretty dumb for not allowing benchmarkers people have a special windows version for evaluation of hardware component performance.

  • Thot Slayer
    Thot Slayer Před 5 dny

    I’ll continue to pirate everything because only idiots pay for stuff you can get for free 😂

  • Typo's Gaming Channel
    Typo's Gaming Channel Před 5 dny

    its not piracy when the windows 10 ISO is on the microsoft website www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

  • Gogetters
    Gogetters Před 5 dny


  • Giggles The Goat
    Giggles The Goat Před 5 dny

    but did microsoft turn into the corprate boogie man with all the registration issues? Oh and the EULA breech for remote access. Seriously I do it all the time too, I am afraid rofl

  • TXPer
    TXPer Před 5 dny +10

    Microsoft want to know your location
    [ALLOW] [DENY]

    • Rohan Raman
      Rohan Raman Před 3 dny

      +Will Oo For me, there is only Allow.

    • Will Oo
      Will Oo Před 3 dny

      TXPer [DENY]

    • Ryan Bell
      Ryan Bell Před 4 dny +1

      I keep trying to click Allow, but nothing is happening. Can I just give my IP and my social security number and have you do it for me?

  • Ismael Gomez
    Ismael Gomez Před 5 dny

    i after buying 2 keys still got the activation needed shit

  • Razvan Nechifor
    Razvan Nechifor Před 5 dny

    You are saving only 15 USD :D on this website you can buy it whit this price www.urcdkey.com/microsoft-windows-10-pro-oem-cd-key-global_1966-20.html but whit this key CFT20 you get 20% discount :P

  • Mohit Akundi
    Mohit Akundi Před 5 dny

    Like he said, your mileage may vary.
    I had windows 7 home basic on my 10 yr old desktop which was upgraded to win10 after which it's motherboard and PSU died.
    To recover data, i put the hard drive in an even older Pentium 4 machine and it activated on it.(Completely different platform, motherboard, ram,etc)
    I then bought a laptop and activated win10 using that same old windows 7 product key sticker on the back of the desktop(Again, completely different CPU, motherboard, ram, HDD)

  • Hakan89
    Hakan89 Před 6 dny

    Buying windows will make me NOT SLEEPING for that 100 bucks

  • Kid
    Kid Před 6 dny

    the answer is- Do not activate, just use it.

  • Tech Dude 3000
    Tech Dude 3000 Před 6 dny

    im on a mac

  • Mr. Trizzle
    Mr. Trizzle Před 6 dny

    MICROSOFT TOLD ME that the license was tied to the motherboard. nothing else.

  • Starcraft And Caffeine

    If anyone wants to download windows 10 for free (Make sure you're signed out of microsoft) and go to www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
    Hope that helps :)

  • katy donawether
    katy donawether Před 6 dny +1

    Windows 10 worst windows ever i only use windows 7

  • Apixthy the Kingslayer

    Windows is stuck with the motherboard, just that, that's the only thing that can't change. The reason why is because of the built-in Wireless adapter that has a unique MAC address and that can's be changed, so if that MAC address changes, windows will not work.

  • W Game
    W Game Před 6 dny

    Yarr harr harr

  • C M
    C M Před 6 dny

    a little hint linus is not running pirated, but in trial 30 days mode that is set on each install date. where so to speak each users has 30 days free test version from point of installation .thats why windows without key is falling under the shareware software rules. as long you not enter a key at the installation! this is what the skip button does, is install it as the 30 days shareware version.

  • Mr Limitless
    Mr Limitless Před 6 dny

    Soo we're all just going to ignore that his point was not proven and this entire video did not help his case? Yeah? Ah, ok. Gotcha!

  • Milendra Prankada
    Milendra Prankada Před 6 dny

    Use KMS pico ...😎

  • MostlyOp
    MostlyOp Před 6 dny

    You can also remove it by editing the registry

  • pdubowner
    pdubowner Před 7 dny

    Linus is so annoying.

  • Ark Vyas
    Ark Vyas Před 7 dny

    0:13 I thought he was gonna play the Harry Potter theme lol

  • Detour Gaming
    Detour Gaming Před 7 dny

    I Found Out About You On A Video That Was About Tech And The Comment Misspelled Linus Linux And I Like Linux Then I Realised It Was Linus. Probably The Best Mistake Someone Ever Made.

  • Bosefis
    Bosefis Před 8 dny

    I’ve legit swapped out every part except for drives and.... Windows still works.

  • Björn Erlendur
    Björn Erlendur Před 8 dny

    3:00 guess it was not OEM/computer-bound license
    btw, the unique ID changes even after replacing stupid laptop harddisk, that is intentionally put in easy-to-access tray to make it self-replacable, and the laptop itself is certified with windows 10, not just the harddisk.

  • N1ghtSh4de
    N1ghtSh4de Před 8 dny

    The thing is, it won't prompt on the go,it'll go after a few days usually, and previously it was 5 to 10 pcs(which can be a single pc with changing config)

  • SkY0le
    SkY0le Před 8 dny

    So I have a used 1 terabyte hard drive that I want to take out and give to a new pc while keeping my windows license, is this possible?

  • Michael Oates
    Michael Oates Před 8 dny

    Because you would buckle and end up doing it yourself!

  • Christian Lance
    Christian Lance Před 8 dny

    In a world without walls and fences, who needs Windows and Gates?

  • zXTheFoxXz
    zXTheFoxXz Před 8 dny

    why does linus talk about himself in 3rd person? to act like its another channel making a video about him to get more clicks, enjoy dislike goodbye

  • Swix ‏
    Swix ‏ Před 9 dny

    imagine paying for windows lol

  • Grzegorz S
    Grzegorz S Před 9 dny

    Use linux - one problem solved, 99 new problems emerge ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • TechnoSnipe
    TechnoSnipe Před 9 dny

    omg this is a pointless video i love my computer its a gt240 cpu intel i5 decent processor!! i can play minecrafttt and a couple of other games.


    **cough KMSpico **cough

  • lazy man here
    lazy man here Před 9 dny

    you can still sign up for their partner services and the basically gives you all the new Microsoft software from windows 10 to server 2019.

  • Corps OG
    Corps OG Před 9 dny

    Haters be haters and trolls be trolls. Half of them probably pirate themselves yet winge at others that do it (even though you obviously have no need)
    Now there is a word for these types of people and I think it's called (contradictive selfish babies)

  • Anomalous
    Anomalous Před 9 dny

    piracy is not a crime

  • Stevee Wilmington
    Stevee Wilmington Před 9 dny

    Wouldn't it make sense for windows to activate on the cpu or ram specifically? or hell even the Cdrive? Idk it just seems weird to me that it would surprise linus that switching out the cpu would "deactivate" the key

  • Spiros Kaftanis
    Spiros Kaftanis Před 9 dny

    just use Linux ffs

  • piotwoii
    piotwoii Před 9 dny

    What is his mobo stand model and brand?

  • Killgore _Trout
    Killgore _Trout Před 9 dny

    Didn't Microsoft have to allow everyone to use their software due to FTC antitrust ruling?

  • Anony Ninja
    Anony Ninja Před 9 dny

    btw they store your hardware ID in like 4 different places now

    • Anony Ninja
      Anony Ninja Před 9 dny

      oops, he mentioned purchasing it from 'gray market' sites. sorry.

    • Anony Ninja
      Anony Ninja Před 9 dny

      I've purchased 4 that way, and every single one of them worked MULTIPLE times.

    • Anony Ninja
      Anony Ninja Před 9 dny

      OH, ALSO: A clean windows key goes for about 10 dollars on 3rd party sites. Don't buy it from microsoft!!!
      There are people in india and other 3rd world countries that do nothing but take the serial keys from broken computers all day. They have some way of testing them, and then sell them online.

    • Anony Ninja
      Anony Ninja Před 9 dny

      err.... sorry. What i mean is your hardware ID is generated by like 4 different things now

  • nick landreth
    nick landreth Před 10 dny

    Also fuck off if you care about the windows watermark.

  • SkyGamer
    SkyGamer Před 10 dny

    what if you clone the hdd to another hdd?

  • Pewdiepie Channel
    Pewdiepie Channel Před 10 dny

    Yeah fuck windows

  • Ettore Caruso
    Ettore Caruso Před 10 dny

    It changes when you change CPU or motherboard, it won't do any difference if you mess around with ram and gpu.
    Changing a motherboard for another of the same kind will still result in valid Windows licence.
    There are several kind of digital licenses, each kind has a different number of activations limit.
    Several activations in a short time might result in key abuse so MS will block the key, so it makes complete sense not to waste money on buying a licence each time you test a rig.
    Plus Win10 won't block any major features once the first days 30 expires, only the ones in the new UI and settings menu which can be easily bypassed by going into control panel.

  • Austemagne
    Austemagne Před 10 dny

    I like how many times Linus says "I don't know" per day.

  • Jonathon T
    Jonathon T Před 10 dny

    Who the fuck cares, Windows 10 sucks. Use a real OS.

  • Brenton Thomas
    Brenton Thomas Před 10 dny

    This is the same thing I do.

  • Raven Darkfur
    Raven Darkfur Před 10 dny

    well my windows deactivates itself upon random installs of updates.....

    so what I'm installing illegal updates now?
    yeah the moment that happened to me and my key STOPPED working,.... I decided to just pirate windows...

    I had a legit instal.... and the next day,... I didn't... because... updates... windows might need to make some CLEAR regulations on the whole activation... BULLSHIT
    and not rip people off c:

  • TopRoller
    TopRoller Před 10 dny

    I have used the same copy of windows on multiple motherboards/hard drives/gpu's ect. None of this matters.

  • Joey van Hummel
    Joey van Hummel Před 10 dny

    Still the best thumbnail they've ever produced.

  • Lionel Sanderson
    Lionel Sanderson Před 10 dny

    skip to 8:36 and save a portion of your life where he makes a point

  • OrangeC7
    OrangeC7 Před 10 dny +10

    Easy: Because pirates are fun

  • Manlypineapple1
    Manlypineapple1 Před 10 dny

    1:23 his shirt stag

  • NotOrdinaryInGames
    NotOrdinaryInGames Před 10 dny

    You don't need a reason to pirate Windows.

  • Kaz EE
    Kaz EE Před 11 dny

    I want to forcefully cuddle him in the morning

  • evan mccabe
    evan mccabe Před 11 dny

    Lol i switched my MoBo once and lost my key... Microsoft needs to fix this

  • Erick White
    Erick White Před 11 dny

    It still doesn't update always. I had been assured with my system I had been running for years, when I took out the HD and put it in the new case with mostly new parts..... that it couldn't be reactivated without the actual old licensing disk.... Which had been stolen, and that there was no way for me to retrieve it. I said, "It's on my account and I can see it right there. Its the one for this machine.. I just changed the name and updated hardware..." This is to which I was informed by Micro$haft that I was going to indeed need to buy another windows 10 pro license to continue using it on that machine... OR.... I was going to have to put all the old hardware back in the old machine and set it all up, have it reinstall all the old software and drivers for the hardware I wasn't using, and then try to reactivate it there, and then slowly change the pieces back to what I had and hope that it remained activated.
    The insane part, Mr Linus, was that it had been activated after I had transferred it to the new machine for several months with the new name (All computers in my network are the names of Starships in Star Trek. Yes, Geek.) and had been fine until personal life issues had kept me from updating anything for.... around six or seven months on my secondary machine. (Working away from the house 7 days a week 18-22 hour days tends to do that.) It was when I told it to update that it deactivated itself saying it couldn't identify the machine it was in. In the long run, since it was a gaming machine as hoss as my main one (for gaming that is) and set up for friends doing LAN parties or something like that in another room in the house, that I had to buy another license to have it run on that machine.... despite the fact my account showed 4 licenses. One of those were of course not being used. If it was a machine that I had used for work, or something I was setting up for Media and or goofing off just in another room in the house I would of put my Linux os on it and been done with it. I can game a lot on that. However, friend/uninitiated/simple individuals would always dork something up or alter something and ... well issues in general. The point was as well my good man, that I also had had a license on it to begin with and it was running quite a few things with all my games library, secondary stuff, back ups, and whatnot on it for games as well as my old windows Desktop before the upgrade and new computers. So..... They more or less squeezed me in places men do not like to be squeezed and I had to purchase another license....

  • Ata5ll.
    Ata5ll. Před 11 dny

    So technically you're using trial periods :D

  • Dan the great
    Dan the great Před 11 dny

    Dude upgradeability wtf