[German Article]Microsoft has re-released yesterday (21. Nov. 2014) Windows Activation Technology Update (WAT) for Windows 7. Just a few brief remarks and assumptions, what's behind this update.
I stumbled upon this update on Nov 21. 2014, after I decided to shutdown a Windows 7 machine in early morning. Because I was surprised about another "out of the band" update, I have had a look into my update logs.
I found a Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7. Consulting Microsoft's website for KB971033, it informs me about the purpose of this update:
Windows Activation Technologies helps you confirm that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is genuine. Additionally, Windows Activation Technologies helps protect against the risks of counterfeit software. Windows Activation Technologies in Windows 7 consists of activation and validation components that contain anti-piracy features.
- Activation is an anti-piracy technology that verifies the product key for the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer. The product key is a 25-character code that is located on the Certificate of Authenticity label or on the proof of license label. These labels are included with each genuine copy of Windows. A genuine product key can only be used on the number of computers that are specified in a software license.
- Validation is an online process that enables you to verify that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is activated correctly and is genuine.
But the article was quoted as "Article ID: 971033 – Last Review: October 3, 2012 – Revision: 8.1". And even to make things a bit more courious, a blog reader send me the following screenshot.
Its from a German Windows 7 system and shows the Update description obtainable in Windows Update before Update installation. The publishing date is September 02. 2014. So why this update on Nov. 21. 2014? I searched the web, but wasn't successful to find an explanation. Therefore here is my own explanation: Just two weeks ago I noted on my paper sheet, were I collect topics to cover within my German blog "have a look at Windows Activation Technology". That's because I 've seen a couple of Windows 7 users in Microsoft's Answers Forum, shouting about a non genuine Windows 7. Even, if they bought a legal copy or run OEM system, didn't change something within their systems. The only thing I identified in common: They have updated their system after November patchday.
So my theory is: The out-of-band update KB971033 fixes some incompatibilities in Windows 7 kernel, caused by November Update. And also make some kind of anti piracy strike against hackers as a side effect. Searching the web, I found serveral russian and chinese sites discussing, how to remove KB971033 to keep Windows 7 piracy copies activated. Any further thoughts about dat?