Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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Komentáře • 19 841

  • Davi the Human
    Davi the Human Před 9 hodinami

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

  • Planting Gem4161
    Planting Gem4161 Před 13 hodinami +1

    Why were so many people mad about a water mark lmao

  • Valters Rutulis
    Valters Rutulis Před 14 hodinami


  • Valters Rutulis
    Valters Rutulis Před 14 hodinami

    I call dibs on linux

  • RapidCoyote
    RapidCoyote Před dnem

    I had this issue when I swapped my mobo

  • Zaal'Koris Vas Qwib-Qwib

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

  • Lucia Anihali
    Lucia Anihali Před 2 dny

    Ayyy monstercat

  • ACguernica
    ACguernica Před 2 dny

    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 Před 2 dny

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

  • Israel Lai
    Israel Lai Před 3 dny +1

    I got confused and thought Linux was pirating Windows through wine

  • Fly Kriki
    Fly Kriki Před 3 dny

    activate youtube linus

  • Greenfirefist
    Greenfirefist Před 4 dny

    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 Před 4 dny +8

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

  • Hawk_ish
    Hawk_ish Před 5 dny +2

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

    • Corey Hopkins
      Corey Hopkins Před 19 hodinami

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

  • Wind of change
    Wind of change Před 5 dny

    Cause its not worth the overprice MS charges.

  • DuceQuestionMark
    DuceQuestionMark Před 5 dny +1

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

  • Vasilios Sotiropoulos
    Vasilios Sotiropoulos Před 6 dny

    this guy's ads are so smoothly introduced

  • Hippity Hop
    Hippity Hop Před 7 dny

    Does sli solve this

  • PsychoCaki
    PsychoCaki Před 7 dny

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

    SEX :))

  • RaRe Barney
    RaRe Barney Před 7 dny

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

  • Zak Craven
    Zak Craven Před 7 dny

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

  • Volkan Birgin➊
    Volkan Birgin➊ Před 7 dny

    I think its because of your microsoft account

  • jay t
    jay t Před 7 dny

    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 Před 7 dny

    I can't get passed the earrings.

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube Před 8 dny +1

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

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube Před 8 dny

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

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube Před 8 dny

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

  • Jonathon Fleming
    Jonathon Fleming Před 9 dny

    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 Před 9 dny

    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 Před 9 dny

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

    • Lalak Balazs
      Lalak Balazs Před 8 dny

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

  • flakey
    flakey Před 9 dny

    windows tos suck ass lmao

  • P Henry
    P Henry Před 10 dny

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

  • Garry Smith
    Garry Smith Před 10 dny

    Only happens when you change your motherboard

  • Slavisa C#
    Slavisa C# Před 10 dny

    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 Před 10 dny

    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 Před 11 dny

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

  • bboychopsuey1
    bboychopsuey1 Před 11 dny

    Happened to me when I upgraded

  • Matt Nuthak
    Matt Nuthak Před 12 dny

    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 Před 12 dny +7

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

    • nowonmetube
      nowonmetube Před 8 dny

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

    • Cicero 219
      Cicero 219 Před 12 dny +1

      James Ellison about that.....

  • Pyro Head
    Pyro Head Před 13 dny

    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 Před 13 dny

    Linus pirates Windows because he has Linux

  • Sebastian Erives Mejia
    Sebastian Erives Mejia Před 14 dny +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 Před 14 dny +1

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

  • teleturbo
    teleturbo Před 14 dny

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

  • Christopher Tavarez
    Christopher Tavarez Před 14 dny

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

  • Jhoooj
    Jhoooj Před 14 dny

    KMS >>>>> waste money

  • Adrian Jarvis
    Adrian Jarvis Před 15 dny

    lol. paying for an OS

    • BoHjalmarGames
      BoHjalmarGames Před 14 dny

      How would MS make money from Windows otherwise?

  • MaQuGo119
    MaQuGo119 Před 15 dny


  • Mahdi Ahmed
    Mahdi Ahmed Před 15 dny +4

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

  • Fyriiee
    Fyriiee Před 16 dny +16

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

    • nowonmetube
      nowonmetube Před 8 dny +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 Před 8 dny +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 Před 9 dny +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 Před 12 dny

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

    • the DEFAVLT gamer
      the DEFAVLT gamer Před 12 dny


  • RoachMcToast
    RoachMcToast Před 16 dny

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

  • Zac Zoon
    Zac Zoon Před 16 dny

    Is a windows volume licensing not applicable?

  • StarCoinHero
    StarCoinHero Před 17 dny


  • tomtalk24
    tomtalk24 Před 17 dny

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

  • NPC # 34243424234
    NPC # 34243424234 Před 17 dny

    that's why Linux is better

    • Solos
      Solos Před 15 dny

      NPC # 34243424234 please say your joking

  • workingusername
    workingusername Před 17 dny

    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 Před 18 dny

    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 Před 18 dny +1

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

  • Harris Papadopoulos
    Harris Papadopoulos Před 18 dny

    Or use ms guides

  • usertjr59
    usertjr59 Před 18 dny

    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 Před 18 dny +1

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

  • Magnus Nilsen
    Magnus Nilsen Před 18 dny

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

  • Adrian Östberg
    Adrian Östberg Před 18 dny +1

    It is exactly the same reason why I use AdBlocks

  • dimitrius sergivius
    dimitrius sergivius Před 19 dny

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

  • Raven1g
    Raven1g Před 19 dny

    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 Před 19 dny

    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 Před 20 dny

    Just unactivate mse, download WindowsLoader and activate windows for free

  • Pros and Cons
    Pros and Cons Před 20 dny

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

  • nxtFighter
    nxtFighter Před 20 dny

    Why don't you use Windows 10 Enterprise?

  • Ben Hill
    Ben Hill Před 21 dnem

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

  • MWB Gaming
    MWB Gaming Před 21 dnem +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 Před 21 dnem

    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 Před 21 dnem

    Everybody can do this with mediacreationtool

  • SilentGhilly
    SilentGhilly Před 21 dnem

    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 Před 21 dnem

    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 Před 21 dnem

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

  • Roberta Andreea
    Roberta Andreea Před 22 dny

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

  • Frost IsNotHot
    Frost IsNotHot Před 22 dny +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 Před 22 dny

    OMG NCIX u used to work there, good old times

  • Paul Frederick
    Paul Frederick Před 22 dny

    Next video Linux activation.

    • Paul Frederick
      Paul Frederick Před 21 dnem

      +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 Před 21 dnem

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

  • Mr.Think Lap
    Mr.Think Lap Před 22 dny

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

  • Emil Popovic
    Emil Popovic Před 23 dny

    Don't activate windows, guys. Please.

  • NinjaDotGoogle
    NinjaDotGoogle Před 24 dny +3

    The T-Series of windows

  • Smog
    Smog Před 24 dny

    Dat intro lul

  • Sumo Kung
    Sumo Kung Před 24 dny

    ບັກບໍ່ມີປັນຍາໃຊ້ KMSAuto

  • wright96d
    wright96d Před 25 dny

    *I F I C A L L E D U P S T E V E B A L L M E R H I M S E L F*

  • Game-a-lot
    Game-a-lot Před 25 dny

    Why i hate Windows- Even when you have activated window, license expires after sometime.
    Why i don't switch- Most of the games doesn't support any other OS

  • jomari flores
    jomari flores Před 26 dny

    its so funny when he try hard to insert ads AHA!

  • HydronusGmail
    HydronusGmail Před 26 dny

    @Rgrwlco is correct they are not actually doing anything Illegal, Not activating: they are not being dishonest, they are not supporting illegal software Piracy using grey sites, they are using pre-used leased keys, they are benchmarking a system to the OS they have test installed. this is actually about 3 steps back from any mass produced system you by as Final activation is done by you at home as an end user. THIS IS MORE LEGAL they a grey Key, THIS IS what the skip button is intended for. and from a Freelance PC Tech LLC. I have seen the reactivate to many times to want to see it in a VM or Bench machine and have done this as well and it is more LEGAL then keys a lot of you yelled for!!!!

  • Peter Brown
    Peter Brown Před 27 dny

    sorry man am a computer tech and I have no idea what the fuck you taking about you make crap videos all the time but this one is the worse.

  • Kaiser Drache
    Kaiser Drache Před 27 dny

    Everyone who dislikes this video is a Nazi cry baby.

  • Kaiser Drache
    Kaiser Drache Před 27 dny

    A great video for very stupid cry babies. You're very generous. I would have just abused the stupid viewers.

    • Kaiser Drache
      Kaiser Drache Před 27 dny

      What kind of fuckwits get so antsy about someone using unactivated Windows?
      Fucking stupid cry babies. There's nothing important about it not being activated.

  • James S
    James S Před 27 dny

    You clearn something new everday, I didn't even know you could buy windows.

  • Apzinny
    Apzinny Před 27 dny

    Linus is a MUGIWARA

  • Dooblakek
    Dooblakek Před 28 dny

    "This is why we must save $100."
    *Burns expensive windows licence*

  • Senn Lens
    Senn Lens Před 28 dny

    I always let my laptop saying "activate windows". I download Windows from the internet and install via pendrive. I always install without any product keys. That's it!

  • Brwa Salam
    Brwa Salam Před 28 dny

    I just fount a Serial Key and now when i format my PC it said windows is ACTIVATED

  • WildRandomVideos1201
    WildRandomVideos1201 Před 29 dny

    The computer said that Steam was still open

  • john Dombrowski
    john Dombrowski Před 29 dny

    Not even kidding I was doing PC repairs on my desktop and changed out some stuff and I got the prompt

    • Paul Frederick
      Paul Frederick Před 22 dny

      Just when you thought you had enough problems Microsoft conveniently gives you more!