Windows Activator Technologies helps you confirm that the copy of Windows that is running on your computer is genuine. Additionally, Windows Activator Technologies helps protect against the risks of counterfeit software. Windows Activator Technologies in Windows consists of activation and validation components that contain anti-piracy features.
- Windows Activator is an anti-piracy technology that verifies the product key for the copy of Windows that is running on your computer. These activation keys 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 that is running on your computer is activated correctly and is genuine.
Note for an Enterprise customer who uses Key Management Service (KMS) or Multiple Activation Key (MAK) volume activations, we generally recommend to NOT install this Windows Activator in their reference image or already deployed computers. This update is targeted at consumer installs of Windows using RETAIL activation.
This update for Windows Activator Technologies helps detect validation errors and activation exploits. This update also detects any tampering attempts made to important Windows system files. Be aware that some counterfeit copies of Windows include malware.
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.