Why Does Linus Pirate Windows??

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  • Brwa Salam
    Brwa Salam 5 hours ago

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

  • WildRandomVideos1201

    The computer said that Steam was still open

  • john Dombrowski
    john Dombrowski Day ago

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

  • Synapse2k
    Synapse2k Day ago

    Windows 10 pro license on ebay - $3.00 USD.

  • IstAuchEgal
    IstAuchEgal Day ago

    3:14 thats a nice pickaxe you got

  • RyandBurtson
    RyandBurtson Day ago

    This is so stupid. You shouldn’t have to justify using non-activated versions of Windows when you’re testing hundreds to thousands of hardware variations a year. You didn’t crack a license key, you just ran the installer (that you can download FROM MICROSOFT’S WEBSITE, MIND YOU) and used their BUILT-IN skip function when it came time to enter a license.
    If anyone is upset at you guys, they’ve got no right to be. You guys are in the right.

  • TrisketPlays
    TrisketPlays Day ago

    so when i restart my laptop and makes like a skipping static sound but when i go into sound mixer and turn down mic and disable it it stops and sound goes back to normal how can i fix this i use win 10 os

  • David Mcguire
    David Mcguire 2 days ago

    Linus's real tallent is sponsorship segways.

  • Ben Seb
    Ben Seb 2 days ago

    After the GPU swap you forgot the Sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /reboot. Thats why it didnt worked

  • Tim VeePee
    Tim VeePee 2 days ago

    And for the dicks who. Called u out on it. All Windows installs. An be used free for 30.days. when it runs out, reinstall and start kver.
    Tou arent using it as a daily system. Tlyou are only testing.
    Anyone who expect u to a private Windows e ery time you test is a fool.

  • Parviz Gul
    Parviz Gul 3 days ago

    Well you have to understand the following video in order to answer "why you get the Activation Message"

    you are changing parts on your computer with a new ones, the question is; Is it still your old computer?
    or does it make it a new one?

  • A.C. Jelly
    A.C. Jelly 3 days ago

    That's not a-piracy.

    That's a-clickbait

  • Ockert Wessels
    Ockert Wessels 3 days ago

    Windows reps- that's why I haven't touched that OS since 2008, and why I can't get life insurance (not seriously).

  • Joshua Vasquez
    Joshua Vasquez 4 days ago +1

    I can get it free lol no license

  • clover
    clover 4 days ago

    why would you pirate windows when you could just use linux?

  • Dmitry Granicin
    Dmitry Granicin 4 days ago

    As long as you're within the time constraints, you're demoing the software. This is Microsoft's demo version, it was like this since Windows XP.

  • Naud van Dalen
    Naud van Dalen 4 days ago +1

    Because sailing the high seas is just too much fun!

  • Ryan Kimmel
    Ryan Kimmel 5 days ago


  • Gage Callahan
    Gage Callahan 5 days ago

    Broke ass nerd. Buy windows cheap fuck

  • Useless Again
    Useless Again 5 days ago +1

    True i had the same

  • Vortez
    Vortez 7 days ago

    3:04 NANI

  • KingofTheCrows
    KingofTheCrows 7 days ago

    I've been using the same windows key from an Alienware X51 in my later PCs. Never had an issue with relocating the key to a new system. This seems like a long winded explanation for a pointless call-out. Why would you even activate Windows on a test bench unless it was for software reasons.

  • kereta sambung_bayar

    At my place.. My laptop not detect wifi.. The technician just format new windows 10 for free.. Because I said I will not pay for windows formating. Just check the wifi problem.. Then I have to buy wifi adaptor. After second try it not has wifi problem.. Haha

  • Charlie Gallie
    Charlie Gallie 7 days ago

    *Linus has been banned from Windows*

  • AssiraZero
    AssiraZero 8 days ago

    wait, so you dont actually have to buy windows to use it?

  • Victor Laurent
    Victor Laurent 8 days ago

    Cof try Linux cof

  • Ladykaybrooke
    Ladykaybrooke 8 days ago

    you know.....linux is free XD

  • Jorge Armando López Razcon

    This days u need to explain any little thing to a bunch of whiny mother fuckers

  • RedGeoBlaze
    RedGeoBlaze 10 days ago

    I cleaned the dust filter on my pc, and had to activate again.

  • pedro Bezerra
    pedro Bezerra 11 days ago

    não falo seu idioma, no final do video entendi que diziam que voce pirateava windows, isso parece gente que pergunta: como voce faz para reiniciar o computador gravando a tela? (virtualbox) bom video, uso linux no meu computador a minha placa tem licença MS, prefiro o linux.

  • jpMUDKIP18
    jpMUDKIP18 13 days ago +1

    Still the smoothest ad segway I’ve seen from you guys ever

  • icervoid
    icervoid 13 days ago

    OF COURSE there is always a solution but WINDOWS DOES NOT GIVE A SHIT

  • M L
    M L 13 days ago

    Hey Linux, how yould it, when you simply use Linux for the Demo? Match anyway better your name ;-)

  • Random Gaming
    Random Gaming 13 days ago

    u must be an idiot to pay +100€ for windows.

  • Ananda Muhammad
    Ananda Muhammad 13 days ago

    Yeah , i've installed Ubuntu on my laptop yesterday for a while, accidentally I deleted windows partition along with data inside, now I'm stuck with Ubuntu, should I gratefully to my mistake?

  • John Doe
    John Doe 14 days ago

    Microsoft is Satan and Windows 10 is sh1t.

  • tommy vice
    tommy vice 14 days ago

    I have a asus crosshair vi rog am4 and it started showwing some blue screens with different stop codes, few days ago it did it again and stoped like this, keeps restarting but can't load windows, I bought new ssd drive, new usb flash with new win 10 but I can't boot from usb flash to start installing windows, it's showing blue screen with stop code 0xc000021a ... can u help me? Dunno what to do, there works only bios, with any boot priority imposible to boot from usb flash drive, dunno why, years ago I did win10 setup without problem, but now this damn stopcode with 0xc000021a and nothing else

  • KudaroKoi
    KudaroKoi 14 days ago

    Linus looks like a lesbian

  • Alex Crazy
    Alex Crazy 14 days ago

    This worked for me, finally.

  • Dabadadada RBLX
    Dabadadada RBLX 14 days ago

    i...i...have activate windows OMG HES PIRATING ME

  • Jallad
    Jallad 15 days ago

    Use kms auto

  • Brad7364
    Brad7364 15 days ago

    I lost my Windows 8.1 activation key and i can't get it back, although i paid for the pc and it came with Windows 8.1 activated.

  • RegularFelix Gamer
    RegularFelix Gamer 17 days ago +9

    I guessed my windows 10 pro x64 product key.

    Absolutely free

  • Hakuna matata
    Hakuna matata 17 days ago +1

    That is why its pointless to buy license or iriginal windows cause its easy to crack it!

  • Matthias Lee
    Matthias Lee 18 days ago

    Microsoft recognizes your ssd.

  • Flynn Davis Lawrence
    Flynn Davis Lawrence 18 days ago

    Activate windows

  • Dot Lea
    Dot Lea 19 days ago

    where did u get that motherboard backplate from ??

  • Tom B
    Tom B 20 days ago +14

    I resolved that windows watermark issue by installing ubuntu and formatting the windows partition.

    • Farzad K
      Farzad K 17 days ago +1

      I used KMS-auto to activate windows.

  • ko x
    ko x 21 day ago +4

    Technically, stealing an unactivated copy isn't piracy. If it was activated, then you'd be a pirate.

    • Farzad K
      Farzad K 17 days ago

      Like, using KMS-auto?

  • Saviour86
    Saviour86 21 day ago +9

    Somehow i picture this is exactly what its like working for Linus, just constant circus clown music playing in the background.

  • Schlomo Shekelstein
    Schlomo Shekelstein 21 day ago +1

    cheap 20 dollar windows keys? lol i paid $1 for mine

  • Ricardo Fam
    Ricardo Fam 21 day ago +2

    Just add rgb to your cooler and x mas lights on the case and you'll be fine

  • Izzul Harraz
    Izzul Harraz 22 days ago

    Microsoft will bankrupt now

  • Andrei Razer
    Andrei Razer 22 days ago

    is people what they don.t know wtf is the diferents betwen a computer and laptop and they f. asking why Linus don.t activate windows ? and 2!!!!!!!!! people learn from Linus ,not Linus learn from other people ! seriosly? that it was so .f drama????? hahaha

  • Pentasoniczound
    Pentasoniczound 23 days ago

    What about that door that says Pirate? You think a pirate lives in there?!

  • D3vitron
    D3vitron 23 days ago

    Linus linux

  • Erik Ramirez
    Erik Ramirez 23 days ago

    God, you have such a punchable face

  • M
    M 24 days ago

    Linus doesnt know he had to log out his Microsoft store account...to ask for activation again LOL

  • SkiFi Sk Music
    SkiFi Sk Music 24 days ago

    Windows 10.. finally got rid of it .. good old win 7 ... no more mouse and kboard dead patches, useless drivers, activity scanning, unable to deactivate updates .. lag, system collaps after updates that kill some driver .... hell I hate MS so much ...

  • Titi Gaming HyperT
    Titi Gaming HyperT 24 days ago

    Insane intro dude

  • LiezAllLiez
    LiezAllLiez 24 days ago +1

    Wait... you actually paid money for windows? **scratches head**

  • Corbin Weinmann
    Corbin Weinmann 24 days ago

    i got here after watching the window tv video

  • Ilham
    Ilham 25 days ago

    bill gates did you see this?

  • matthew keissard
    matthew keissard 25 days ago +1

    lol i've been pirating windows so long, i never even realised this was an issue xd

    • matthew keissard
      matthew keissard 21 day ago

      +Nameless there's a thing called the internet, apparently it has search engines and peer to peer networks that share files between users. Maybe if you put those 2 things together you'll find the answer. If you can't even do that well then it wouldn't even help if I told you it anyways

    • Nameless
      Nameless 21 day ago

      Where do you get it?

  • Aura
    Aura 25 days ago

    When I built my PC at the beginning of this year this was really helpful. Instead of shelling out like 100 bucks for Windows I went with the free version. Which was good since I swapped actually every part because my PC was super unstable. (Runs Smooth as f*ck now btw)

  • Ultimite Ethan Gaming
    Ultimite Ethan Gaming 25 days ago

    Anything free is good for me :D

  • Cereal Pirate
    Cereal Pirate 25 days ago

    for me it is principal. I have a computer with windows and I either salvage the guts to build something better or I trash it and build a new one. technically I am still using the same 1 copy as with the original however they ask for the stupid activation. I used to call india until I realize .... your Operating "System" should never have to be activated... it is the system. now any software you buy I agree with that 100%. and Microsoft kinda screwed themselves when they GAVE us a FREE upgrade to Windows 10 ;) Oh and pc manufactures not giving you a restore disk is just shady. I dont want 6 or more different partitions on my hard drive. a clean install of windows 10 only has 3 at the most. I dont like how windows 10 is bundled. you cant start off with a clean slate like Mac or Linux. all of the windows defender, my cloud and god knows what else is running in the background. I just dont trust Microsoft. but I need them .... damn 3d work.

  • trustymove
    trustymove 25 days ago

    Windows should just save the key to the driver idk what Im talking about but thats a possibility.

    • The Lord of Reddit
      The Lord of Reddit 20 days ago

      “The driver”? There is no “the driver”. There are loads of drivers.

  • Adam Mann
    Adam Mann 26 days ago

    you shouldnt use the word pirate, it implies you stole a license!

  • X Treamer
    X Treamer 26 days ago

    Is it only the oem versions??

  • michael christian robles

    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

    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 27 days ago +3

    The way you transition to the sponsor plug is elegant.

  • Roland Cole
    Roland Cole 27 days ago

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

  • Dexter Estacion
    Dexter Estacion 27 days ago +2

    You can just use KMSPico For unlimited Activation

  • Carl Lindberg
    Carl Lindberg 27 days ago

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

    • Nikhil Playyz
      Nikhil Playyz 26 days ago

      But the windows is stored on a hard drive and the same hard drive on a different motherboard can cause that issue which linus stated

  • Dysastus 21
    Dysastus 21 27 days ago

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

  • Tetra Enforcers
    Tetra Enforcers 27 days ago

    Click bait

  • Evergreen
    Evergreen 28 days ago

    7:23 FBI open up

  • SkullMinePro
    SkullMinePro 28 days ago +1

    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 28 days ago

    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 28 days ago +4

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

  • fofal
    fofal 29 days ago +5

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

  • Tony Sutherlin
    Tony Sutherlin 29 days ago

    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 29 days ago +5

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

    • Upload-No-Evil
      Upload-No-Evil 28 days ago +2

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

  • Witgang Younotube
    Witgang Younotube Month ago

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

  • Tyco072
    Tyco072 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Aidan Forrester
    Aidan Forrester Month ago +9

    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.

    • Aidan Forrester
      Aidan Forrester 26 days ago +1

      +Quidnatawd Bidness on the other hand I would pay 100 USD for a legal copy of osx that had driver support for and CPUs and Nvidia cards. OSX > Win 10 but Win is neccicary for gaming and a lot of productivity apps to.

    • Quidnatawd Bidness
      Quidnatawd Bidness 26 days ago

      Same lol, not bout to drop any money on something I can have for free with the slightest little watermark. Can't imagine why Microsoft thinks the full version is worth almost $200 CAD...

    • alextwist8
      alextwist8 27 days ago +1

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

  • Mr. Smity
    Mr. Smity Month ago +1

    BSA!! OPEN UP!!

  • Ali Abdallah
    Ali Abdallah Month ago

    Just kmspico it

  • D Neiroukh
    D Neiroukh Month ago

    Digital licence = your Microsoft account Linus...

  • Ajila Waya
    Ajila Waya Month ago

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

  • Dystar 924
    Dystar 924 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    Are we Turtley enough to be in your turtle club