Ever since Microsoft launched their latest Operating System – Windows 7 back in October 2009, there have been quite a few Windows 7 activation cracks like RemoveWAT and Chew-WGA which defeated the Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) of Microsoft.

Now, Microsoft has managed to score a point back against the hackers with their latest update to WAT – KB971033, which aims to detect more than 70 activation exploits. KB971033 update for WAT is now live and helps detect validation errors, activation exploits, and any tampering attempts made to important Windows 7 system files.


When this update is installed, it performs a validation process for the copy of Windows that is running on your computer. However, this validation process does not affect the functionality of Windows. The update process exits silently if it detects no validation errors, activation exploits, or tampered files. But, if the update discovers a tampered file, it tries to restore the file. This restore may require a restart. If this update cannot restore the tampered files, it will direct you more information on the Internet.

When validation errors or activation exploits are removed, you may be asked to use a valid product key to activate the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer. If you decide not to resolve the validation error or the activation exploit at that time, you will be periodically notified that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is not genuine.

Though I have a genuine copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, this update was not auto-installed for whatever reasons. Few users have had some issues with WAT terming their OS copies as Pirated, though they had bought a genuine license. Hope it’s not the case this time as well.

Note 1: In case you are unsure if your Windows copy is genuine or not, it is better you skip this update.
Note 2: As always, we recommend to buy and use genuine copy of Windows Operating system as the pirated ones are injected with malware and trojans most of the time.

Download KB971033 (32 bit)
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19 thoughts on “WAT Update (KB971033) Disables Windows 7 Activation Crack

  1. “”””owhhhhh..bad news to microsoft…..they should work hard to solve this problem…by the way i have downloaded the new removeWAT 2.2.5…it works….Microsoft,,whats the next step????

  2. hi

    very true! Microsoft has nothing to counter WAT removal technique. WAT removal technique works well and just you need to make updates off and your windows 7 is fully working and free.

    • Yeah, its safe to uninstall.. Then go back and “check for updates” Highlight the (KB971033) update and select “Hide”…

  3. Any update about this month?How about the condition is you are already noted that you are not using a genuine copy of windows7.Can removeWAT 2.2.5 handle this case as well?

  4. Microsoft take benefit from the pirates. So every one use Microsoft, if Microsoft want 2 make high security in there CD/DVD they can do it but they will get little benefit from the market. And customer will change to Linux as they are free 2 use.

  5. Does Windows 7 SP1 includes the genuine update?
    What’s my problem:
    – I have installed windows 7 without SP1.
    – The update for the genuine check installed with the microsoft’s updates and periodically pop up messages informed me about genunine…
    – Then I runned Remove WAT and everything was OK.
    – But after that the updates installed SP1 so again genuine pop up messages came to my life.

    Any help?
    Thank in advance

  6. hi myself jitendra nath i am trying to reomove wat file from my window and i getting issues to solve this problem plz help me to solve this problem

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