Bypass WGA for downloads (From Mac and Linux too!)

Some clever folks over at ghacks.net found a neat way to download to your heart’s content from microsoft while bypassing the silly WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) check.

Simply put, all you need is the mgadiag.exe tool and the URL you wish to download from.

I tested it and it does work. It goes something like this:

  • Run mgadiag.exe
  • Look for the Download Center Code, and write it down (ex: 8KLVDJ6)
  • Go to the URL you want to download from
  • append &Hash=8KLVDJ6 to the URL (replace the value with your own)
  • Enjoy your download.

The important part is that it works in Wine. And in the recently released CrossOver Office for Mac OS. See screenshot below.

WGA on OS X

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