Of course, on one of these WinUpdates or a visit to some AppStore, the activation service will be phoning home and relaying any number of illegitimacies. And with the price increasing Feb 2013, I wouldn't be shocked if MS wasn't setting a lot of hacks up to be de-activated just after Feb's OS price increases kick in. What a sneaky thing to do! Yeah - $40 isn't zero, and $100 isn't $40.
I keep seeing images of trench-coated men in darkened alleys as young innocents walk past. "Psst, kid - wanna try something good? It's free," and under his breath, he's laughing, "...for now."
Oh boy - REALLY gettin' away with something fine!