Block Windows Activation Technologies (KB971033) – Windows 7

You may have heard about the new (impending) Windows 7 update that will call back to Microsoft servers every 90 days, this doesn’t sound like something I want my PC doing to be perfectly honest.

If you don’t wish to install this update then be on the look out for update KB971033 (aka WAT) when your Windows pc does a windows update, then all you have to do is right click and select ignore update.

From Ewandoo:

Fortunately Microsoft has made it easy for the people who don’t want this update to uninstall it. If you haven’t downloaded and installed this update then you can disable it using the following method:

Block Windows 7 Activation Update KB971033
1-Go to Start Menu and write Windows Update in the Start Menu Search
2-Select Windows Update to go to Windows Update program
3-Select Optional Updates
4-Search for the update labeled “Update for Windows 7 (KB971033)”
5-Right click it and select Hide Update

If you have already installed this update. Don’t worry! Let me tell you how to uninstall this update the safer way.
1-Go to Control Panel –> Programs –> View installed Updates
2-Search for “Update for Windows 7 (KB971033)”
3-Right click it and select Uninstall.
4-This will uninstall this activation update and you’ll be able to use your Windows 7 without any overloads from Microsoft

Here’s what Microsoft had to say:

In the coming days, we’ll be deploying a new update for Windows Activation Technologies, the set of built-in activation and validation components built into Windows 7. Called Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, this update will detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits. Activation exploits are sometimes called “hacks”, and attempt to bypass or compromise Windows’ activation technologies. This new update is further evidence of Microsoft’s commitment to keeping customers and partners secure. The update will determine whether Windows 7 installed on a PC is genuine and will better protect customers’ PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact.

So, what are the risks of activation exploits?Searching for, downloading, or installing activation exploits or counterfeit software on the Internet is risky, because sites that advertise these pirated products often contain malware, viruses, and Trojans, which are found bundled with or directly built into the activation exploit or counterfeit software. A study by research firm IDC, The Risks of Obtaining and Using Pirated Software, shows that one in four Web sites offering counterfeit software attempted to install unwanted or malicious code upon downloading. And this rate is rising. Media Surveillance, an anti-piracy solutions company based in Germany, recently downloaded more than five hundred pirated copies of Windows 7 (and Windows activation exploits) and found that 32% contained malicious code. These are very disturbing figures – especially when considering that resellers may be using these downloads to claim that the PCs they sell include genuine Windows. Buyers of new PCs should always check for the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) to verify that the PC they are purchasing contains only genuine Windows. A quick visit to our How to Tell website tells buyers what a genuine COA should look like.

The Update is designed to run on all editions of Windows 7, although we will distribute first to the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions. It will be available online at beginning February 16 and on the Microsoft Download Center beginning February 17. Later this month, the update will also be offered through Windows Update as an ‘Important’ update.

Although the Update will not be directly offered through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), which is used by enterprise customers to manage the distribution of software updates in their IT environment, a WSUS administrator can import this update into WSUS through the Microsoft Update catalog. I’d like to stress that the Update is voluntary, which means that you can choose not to install it when you see it appear on Windows Update. I also want to stress that installing this update will not jeopardize your privacy; although the update contacts Microsoft’s servers to check for new threats as I outline below, the information we receive from PCs during these checks does not include any personally identifiable information or any other information that Microsoft can use to identify or contact you. This update follows the same stringent and secure set of privacy principles and policies as other downloads. The update can also be uninstalled at any time.

How does it work? Once installed, the Update protects customers by identifying known activation exploits that may affect their PC experience. If any activation exploits are found, Windows will alert the customer and offer options for resolving the issue – in many cases, with just a few clicks. Machines running genuine Windows 7 software with no activation exploits will see nothing – the update runs quietly in the background protecting your system. If Windows 7 is non-genuine, the notifications built into Windows 7 will inform the customer that Windows is not genuine by displaying informational dialog boxes with options for the customer to either get more information, or acquire genuine Windows. The desktop wallpaper will be switched to a plain desktop (all of the customer’s desktop icons, gadgets, or pinned applications stay in place). Periodic reminders and a persistent desktop watermark act as further alerts to the customer.

It is important to know that the customer will see no reduced functionality in their copy of Windows – a customer’s applications work as expected, and access to personal information is unchanged. The Update will run periodic validations (initially every 90 days). During validation, Windows will download the latest ‘signatures’ that are used to identify new activation exploits – much like an anti-virus service. When tampering, disabling, or missing licensing files are discovered, the WAT Update runs a check and repair weekly to ensure that the licensing files are properly repaired.

Joe Williams
General Manager, Genuine Windows

KB971033 (aka WAT)

2 responses to “Block Windows Activation Technologies (KB971033) – Windows 7”

  1. ZeroDayOne says:

    The best advice at this point is to not install any updates that are problematic. Even if these updates are so-called “security” updates, it doesn’t matter—you are far safer tightening up your system security while you wait for a work-around or fix to the problem update. Sometimes these updates are unnecessary anyway depending upon your system (i.e. – server vs. desktop).

    In the meantime, it would be a good idea to spend some time researching the problem updates further to determine if you really need to apply the update as opposed to simply skipping it and also hiding it within your Windows Update module.

    After last year’s update roll-out fiasco from Microsoft——-it just makes technical sense nowadays to scrutinize every update from Microsoft. Obviously they’re not too concerned with thorough testing and secure implementation prior to releasing these updates——-for if they were, it logically stands to reason that we would not encounter nearly half as many problems as we have already been exposed to due to Micro-Money’s negligence in this regard.

    To say that Microsoft had no way of anticipating any of the botched updates it pushed last year is like trying to convince people that pigs can fly——-that’s just complete and utter nonsense!

    As long as you have a good system security suite and good supplemental Antispyware/Antimalware software installed and up to date and they’re also properly configured, you don’t have to worry about holding off a little while before installing any questionable updates from Microsoft.

    Trust me——-being scrupulous with Microsoft updates has essentially now become an Windows PC best practice, in order to avert any potential problems caused by these poorly constructed and poorly tested updates.

    It really is amazing how some in IT still live in a Microsoft bubble——-believing that Microsoft does the absolute best they can to ensure that updates are released without problems and when found that Microsoft is quick to resolve the problem——-realistically speaking, that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when one considers Microsoft’s recent history of update failures, which by the way, caused some very serious system failures across multiple Windows platforms that spanned several months last year with August and September bringing forth the absolute worst of it. And even after Microsoft issued supposed patches for these egregious update errors, a majority of those also flopped and/or caused even more problems.

    Can someone from Microsoft say…”poor management?!”

    To say the very least…that phrase is an understatement…

  2. Hamayun says:

    KB971033 is showing in history of installed updates. But when I go to uninstall this in other menu of windows updates, it is not shown. I have tried to restore the hidden updates, this does not show either. How to remove it from my system as It notify my about ungenuine copy of windows. It wiped my wall paper and leaves the screen black.

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