Apr 27, 2010

KB971033: How to Block Or Uninstall Windows 7 Activation Update

Microsoft has pushed their latest Windows 7 Activation Update checker which checks whether Windows 7 is activated legally through Microsoft or it has been cracked using several activation methods. Installing this update creates a process that checks for activation method of the Windows every now and then to see if the Windows is legal.
In some cases even legit licenses suffer from these genuine validation warnings.
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 Installation
  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
This will disable this update from automatically installing into your system.

Uninstall Windows 7 Activation Update KB971033

If you have already installed this update. Follow these steps 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. It is now advised to block the updated as described above to prevent it from reinstalling itself.
Disable the Windows 7 Activation Update KB971033

If the update is already installed and you don't want to remove it completely, you can just prevent it from running using a "Software Restriction Policy". 
This procedure will work on Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise only, because Home versions don't include the Local Security Policy tool needed for the job.

Open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Administrative Tools > Local Security policy
Right click on Software Restriction Policies and create new Policy
Go to Additional Rules and right-click for more options.
Create two New Hash Rules and on each rule browse and choose one of these files:
Apply, close & Restart Windows.
The update was installed but the operating system is now blocking it from ever running.


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  2. Many thanks for your helpful information.
    I used remove WAT on a recent re-install of win 7 ultimate, but it didn't work.
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  4. Great. The WAT issue so easily attended to!

  5. does this update work against 7 x64 the same way

  6. so it is still showing me that I need to activate in 25 days. I followed it to a T. Is this still working?

    1. activate your os first through LOADER when it was already activated thats it you can do what the author stated above..


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