Bypass Windows 7 Activation

There is usually a problem when using one of those keys that windows has black listed you get a screen as below during updates.  One method is to remove or block installation of the update Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474).
Another alternative is to download the ready made WGA removers or activators like Hazar’s windows 7 Activator etc. When all fails though there is a method that is quite efficient it involves denying access to sppcomapi.dll. This DLL is used as the component Software Licensing Library in windows 7 and was fast released on: 7/13/2009 4:36:09 PM. For all who have received the screen below this DLL is responsible and the bypass today involves blocking it. More information on the dll can be seen here.

Windows 7 Busted

Windows 7 Busted

The steps involve :

  • Assigning the DLL to current user i.e. your admin account
  • Using ICACLS to deny access to everyone including the system from accessing the dll.

Assigning DLL to current user

This is done using the takeown command as below:

takeown /F %Windir%\system32\sppcomapi.dll

Take DLL Ownership in windows 7

Take DLL Ownership in windows 7

Denying Access to DLL

Since the DLL is now assigned to the current user permissions can be modified by that user and this can be done using the icacls command in our case to revoke all rights to it.

icacls %windir%\system32\sppcomapi.dll  /deny *S-1-1-0:F

Deny all access to a DLL using ICACLS

Deny all access to a DLL using ICACLS

restart the machine to see if it worked.

If successful the busted sign should be gone as below:

Activation Bypass Successful

Activation Bypass Successful

Hope that helps.

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