If you are someone who is looking for the free Windows 10 installer tool, the first thing you will find in the google search result is KMSpico.
So what is KMSpico? Is it safe to use? How to use it for activating Microsoft services like Windows 10 and Office?
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In this post, we will walk through these questions so that you can decide on whether to use KMSpico or not.
What is KMSpico?
KMSpico is an online tool that is used for activating the Windows 10 operating system for free. It basically exploits the KMS Technology of Microsoft.
Microsoft primarily provides two ways to activate their services, one is Multiple Activation Key (MAK), and the other one is the Key Management System (KMS).
When the MAK method is used for the activation process, the user calls back to the Microsoft Servers for the key verification. On the other hand, Key Management System (KMS) is the technology developed by Microsoft that allows the activation of Microsoft services through the local network. It means that using KMS the services like Windows 10 or MS Office can be activated without connecting to Microsoft Servers. So when the KMS method is used, unlike MAK, users call back to the local KMS server rather than Microsoft’s server.
This technology was mainly developed for organizations that use Microsoft services on their thousands of computers that are connected on a local server.
What KMSpico does is, it misuses this technology. KMSpico replaces the current key with the volume license key and activates the Windows OS or MS Office by creating an instance of the KMS server, thereby bypassing the online activation. Since Windows is unable to connect to the Microsoft servers, it would activate itself with the replaced key thinking it as the original one.
How to use KMspico?
If you want to use KMspico, here are the steps to do that:
- First, download the KMSpico activator from the trusted sources.
- Before installation, disable Windows Defender and other security programs(if any).
- Next, after the completion of the download, run the file to complete the installation.
- Run the KMspico program after the completion of installation.
- After the activator is launched, it would automatically detect the Microsoft services that need to be activated. Click on the red button to begin the activation process of your selected service.
- After a while, you will see the “Successfully Activated” message.
- Your chosen service, Windows or Office, would be activated.
Is KMSpico Safe?
Whenever you try to install the KMSpico activator on your system, the Windows Defender or any other security solution installed on your system would raise the alarm and point it out as a threatening application. Because of this reason, many users claim that KMSpico actually contains a virus or malware and refuse to install it.
However, in reality, the reason for such alarms is not because KMSpico contains malicious files. It is because for activating Microsoft’s services, KMSpico activator needs to amend some internal system settings. Windows Defender and some other security programs identify such abilities as harmful for the computer. That is the reason it is advised to disable the Defender and other security programs temporarily while using the KMSpico. After the activation is successfully performed, security programs can be enabled again.
However, this does not mean that KMSpico is safe. The KMSpico itself might not be a virus, but its installer can contain or introduce malicious files or programs. This will happen when you download the installer file from the untrustworthy sources that are malicious in nature and are intended to harm your device.
Cybercriminals always look for different ways through which they can spread their malware programs. They target the popular applications and create its maligned version. Next, they trick the users into downloading the maligned version and install it.
The same case is with the KMSpico. Since it is a popular application which is downloaded by millions of users, there are many fake variants of it are spread across the internet.
Users who download and install fake KMSpico can infect their system with harmful programs such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, and others.
The reason for the widespread of the fake version of KMSpico is because there is no official site for its download. It only has an official forum.
Is KMSpico legit?
Well, what do you think? By activating the Microsoft products through illegal means, KMSpico is clearly bringing down Microsoft’s market. Whatever the developer of the program claims, KMSpico is promoting the piracy and use of illegal software. Depending on the laws of your region, even using the KMSpico on your system for the illicit activations can land you in the legal troubles.
Advantages of KMSpico
If you decided to use KMSpico, you would enjoy the following advantages:
- You don’t need the application to activate Windows again and again. Once the OS or MS office is activated, you can uninstall the KMSpico from the system.
- You get the lifetime license using KMSpico and only needs to renew it if you reinstall the OS or format the PC.
- A lot of money can be saved by activating Windows and MS Office using KMSpico.
- Use the full features of Microsoft services for free.
Disadvantages of KMSpico
As it is evident, KMSpico comes with a lot of problems too.
- By using it, you are violating the law as the license generated by KMSpico is pirated.
- It can also inject viruses and other malware on your system if downloaded from malicious sources.
- While installing and using it, you have to disable your security programs, which can be dangerous.
- It is blacklisted by Microsoft, so everything it provides is illegal.
- Detected as malware by many antivirus and antimalware program
How to Fix KMSpico “Nothing to do here” Error
Many users have reported that while using the KMSpico for activating the Windows, they get the “Nothing to do here” message even though their Windows is not activated. There could be several reasons for this error message.
First, if you are trying to activate Windows 7 Ultimate using KMSpico, you are likely to get that message as KMSpico only activates Windows 10, 8.1, and 8.
Second, if the Windows and Office are already activated, this message would be displayed.
If you are getting this error for any other reason other than the above two, try reinstalling the latest version of KMSpico and use it. Or you can also adjust the date and time according to the software expiry date to activate it.
Although KMSpico is all shady, illegal, and unethical, it is widely used by many users. Though it provides almost ‘genuine’ services, getting the actual service from the official site should always be the priority. You never know by using KMSpico you might invite bigger troubles for you. There is always a threat of legal action too. You can use the KMSpico for testing or trial purposes.
YES, Windows would get regular security updates as well as feature updates too
Reinstall it fresh after disabling the security program on your system.
The program is designed in such a way that when you try to activate the Windows or Office, it will first check if there are any available licenses or not. When you have the original license, it automatically avoids it and doesn’t make changes. So, in this way, you can simply activate Office without breaking your Windows OS license.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.