The genuine Windows 8 testing releases provided to legitimate testers come accompanied with product keys designed to activate the operating system.
Even though leaked copies of Windows vNext managed to make their way into the wild, the same is not valid for the product keys offered by Microsoft to members of its select pool of testers.
While some testers reveal that Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate (RC) product keys can also be used to activate leaked Builds of Windows 8, hackers have already put together various tools designed to let users circumvent the platform’s activation mechanism.
The hacks also come with some extra functionality as they serve not only to activate Windows 8, but even to help it bypass genuine checks while even bringing to the surface the locked features packed in the platform.
Following a series of leaks, per the “you CAN teach an old dog new tricks” model, a new Windows 8 leak available in the wild comes already pre-activated and pre-unlocked.
The new download offers the second Windows 8 Milestone 2 (M2) pre-M3 Build 6.2.7955.0 leak, the one with the original Windows 8 installer.
It appears that this particular download of Windows 8 has already been activated with the next generation Windows features also unlocked.
Essentially, it’s authors have literally done all the heavy lifting themselves, with nothing left for testers that want to jump the gun and start testing the release than just download and install it.
My advice is that users always try to steer clear from downloads that come from untrusted sources.
This is especially true in scenarios that involve leaked software that has been tampered with to some extent.
Those that followed the development of Windows 7 as well as the leaks happening ahead of public availability know that some of the illegal releases also packed malicious code.
Fact is that there’s no telling what additional surprises leaked copies of Windows 8 pack on top of the unlocked goodies hidden by Microsoft.