Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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Komentáře • 19 790

  • michael christian robles
    michael christian robles Před 8 hodinami

    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
    michael christian robles Před 8 hodinami

    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 Před 10 hodinami

    The way you transition to the sponsor plug is elegant.

  • Roland Cole
    Roland Cole Před 15 hodinami

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

  • Dexter Estacion
    Dexter Estacion Před 21 hodinou +2

    You can just use KMSPico For unlimited Activation

  • Carl Lindberg
    Carl Lindberg Před dnem

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

  • Dysastus 21
    Dysastus 21 Před dnem

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

  • Tetra Enforcers
    Tetra Enforcers Před dnem

    Click bait

  • Evergreen
    Evergreen Před dnem

    7:23 FBI open up

  • SkullMinePro
    SkullMinePro Před dnem

    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 Před 2 dny

    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 Před 2 dny +2

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

  • fofal
    fofal Před 2 dny +3

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

  • Tony Sutherlin
    Tony Sutherlin Před 2 dny

    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 Před 2 dny +2

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

    • Upload-No-Evil
      Upload-No-Evil Před dnem +1

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

  • Witgang Younotube
    Witgang Younotube Před 3 dny

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

  • Tyco072
    Tyco072 Před 3 dny

    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 Před 4 dny

    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 Před 4 dny

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

  • Aidan Forrester
    Aidan Forrester Před 4 dny +7

    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.

    • alextwist8
      alextwist8 Před 7 hodinami

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

  • Mr. Smity
    Mr. Smity Před 4 dny +1

    BSA!! OPEN UP!!

  • Ali Abdallah
    Ali Abdallah Před 4 dny

    Just kmspico it

  • D Neiroukh
    D Neiroukh Před 5 dny

    Digital licence = your Microsoft account Linus...

  • Ajila Waya
    Ajila Waya Před 5 dny

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

  • Dystar 924
    Dystar 924 Před 5 dny

    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 Před 5 dny

    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 Před 6 dny

    Are we Turtley enough to be in your turtle club

    DBNROP Před 6 dny

    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 Před 6 dny

    Just crack it lol.

  • Stygian Abyss
    Stygian Abyss Před 6 dny

    Action Pack works well too for test benches.

  • DovahKiinL
    DovahKiinL Před 7 dny

    Man that sponsor was smoother than a baby's asscheek

  • TheSweeTiger Chun
    TheSweeTiger Chun Před 7 dny

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

  • håvard windingstad
    håvard windingstad Před 7 dny

    why would anyone use windows 10?

  • Abu Umar
    Abu Umar Před 7 dny

    I love the way you introduce your sponsors!!

  • Patrick Givens
    Patrick Givens Před 7 dny

    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 Před 7 dny

    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 Před 7 dny

    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 Před 7 dny

    Linus is really God at segues...

  • John McKeon
    John McKeon Před 7 dny

    That sponsorship transitions

  • Lurius Sky
    Lurius Sky Před 7 dny

    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 Před 8 dny

    Interesting thanks for the brain food!

  • Tuvshintugs Erdenebat
    Tuvshintugs Erdenebat Před 8 dny

    he don't know what he talking about

  • JustSomeRandomGamer - Gaming & More!

    Who doesn't pirate Windows?

  • 666rogdog
    666rogdog Před 9 dny

    If you can talk French!! Fuck English!!

  • Matthew McLearnon
    Matthew McLearnon Před 9 dny

    My Chemistry teacher has a pirated version of windows!

  • Jim Garbe
    Jim Garbe Před 9 dny

    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 Před 9 dny

    Your full of shit nigga, you pirating dat shit.

  • Mike Mitchell
    Mike Mitchell Před 10 dny +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 Před 10 dny

    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 Před 10 dny

    5k white knights defending Gates

  • mahlon paku
    mahlon paku Před 10 dny

    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 Před 10 dny

    Ok, this was actually pretty great, haha.

  • the40rk
    the40rk Před 10 dny

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

  • Klepto
    Klepto Před 10 dny +4

    didnt see that sponsor plug coming to be honest

  • Verum Semita
    Verum Semita Před 11 dny

    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 Před 11 dny

    Windows sucks.

  • PurPlex Geometry Dash
    PurPlex Geometry Dash Před 11 dny

    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 Před 11 dny

    This dude and his sponsoring skills

  • Keith Rodgers
    Keith Rodgers Před 11 dny

    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 Před 11 dny

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

  • Zenree G
    Zenree G Před 11 dny

    Windows attached to MB..

  • TheHornet79
    TheHornet79 Před 12 dny

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

  • Robert Conde
    Robert Conde Před 12 dny

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

  • Cameron Something
    Cameron Something Před 12 dny +2

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

  • MadScientist1001
    MadScientist1001 Před 12 dny

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

  • Goofball Gaming
    Goofball Gaming Před 12 dny

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

  • Scott Rodger
    Scott Rodger Před 12 dny

    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 Před 12 dny

    KMSpico saves the day

  • AJ Spitzfaden
    AJ Spitzfaden Před 12 dny

    You want steal a car downloading is stealing

  • Zodiac011
    Zodiac011 Před 12 dny

    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 Před 12 dny

    KMSPICO :) !

  • Fog
    Fog Před 13 dny +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 Před 11 dny +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 Před 13 dny

    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 Před 13 dny +1

    So why don’t they use USB dongles?

    • jay lowkey
      jay lowkey Před 12 dny

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

    • jay lowkey
      jay lowkey Před 12 dny

      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 Před 13 dny

    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 Před 12 dny

      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 Před 12 dny


  • Shawn Hopscotch
    Shawn Hopscotch Před 13 dny +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 Před 13 dny

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

  • Malcolm Cleere
    Malcolm Cleere Před 13 dny +2

    Just use removewatt problem solved 🕵️

  • dodo killeurs
    dodo killeurs Před 13 dny +1

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

  • John McMahon
    John McMahon Před 13 dny

    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 Před 13 dny


  • theedrstrangelove
    theedrstrangelove Před 13 dny

    It's pronounced Lee nus not Ly nus.

  • manuel mane
    manuel mane Před 13 dny

    1 eur on ebay the license LOL

  • Ronnie Roo
    Ronnie Roo Před 14 dny

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

  • David Karowski
    David Karowski Před 14 dny +10

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

  • C u
    C u Před 14 dny

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

  • TotPYsera
    TotPYsera Před 14 dny +1

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

  • Dixie Juche
    Dixie Juche Před 14 dny

    I'm a bit of a tech novice but to me the best way to solve this problem for Microsoft is to find a way to put a key or some kind of signature in the CMOS chip. Sure, that means you will still need to reactivate when you change the motherboard. But you seem to suggest it is rare that you have to swap out motherboards, so you should have enough activations on your license to cover until the software is obsolete. As for the off-site problem, Microsoft should stop making EULAs convoluted and make it simple: one license/key per user/machine. The same way software is licensed for workstations, or at least used to be.

  • Prasanta Sasmal
    Prasanta Sasmal Před 14 dny

    3:23 The point is Things don't happen in life as you want it to be!

  • Christian QC
    Christian QC Před 14 dny +1

    Kms for the win (Jajaja and the win)

  • Rishi Pandey
    Rishi Pandey Před 14 dny

    You need the network NIC card for every license, if you change that then windows automatically detects a change in MAC address and would discontinue license on your PC

  • Wrecksheeps
    Wrecksheeps Před 14 dny


  • cWolfs
    cWolfs Před 14 dny


  • Jash Tan
    Jash Tan Před 14 dny

    I find windows key for free at youtube