I am building a desktop app for windows 10 that checks whether windows is activated. I am using a method found on another thread to check the activation state, which works but only when it is called within a few seconds of creating a window. Weird, I know. Does anyone know what might cause this, and if there is anything I can do to fix it? Any help is appreciated.

bool isGenuineWindows()
    unsigned char uuid_bytes[] = {0x35, 0x35, 0x63, 0x39, 0x32, 0x37, 0x33, 0x34, 0x2d, 0x64, 0x36,
                                0x38, 0x32, 0x2d, 0x34, 0x64, 0x37, 0x31, 0x2d, 0x39, 0x38, 0x33,
                                0x65, 0x2d, 0x64, 0x36, 0x65, 0x63, 0x33, 0x66, 0x31, 0x36, 0x30,
                                0x35, 0x39, 0x66};

    GUID uuid;

    UuidFromStringA(uuid_bytes, &uuid);
    SLIsGenuineLocal(&uuid, &state, nullptr);
    return state == SL_GEN_STATE_IS_GENUINE;

int main(void)
      /*creates GUI and all that boring stuff*/
      MessageBox(NULL, "Some random message", "message", MB_ICONERROR);
      printf("%d", isGenuineWindows()); //works
      Sleep(5000); //wait a bit for the magic to wear off
      printf("%d", isGenuineWindows()); //always returns true regardless of activation state
      MessageBox(NULL, "Some random message", "message", MB_ICONERROR);
      printf("%d", isGenuineWindows()); //works again

1 Answers

Drake Wu - MSFT On Best Solutions

The 1st parameter's type of UuidFromStringA is RPC_CSTR, which is defined in rpcdce.h:

typedef _Null_terminated_ unsigned char __RPC_FAR * RPC_CSTR;

It's a NULL-Terminated string although it is not documented. If the parameter is not NULL-Terminated, the function will fail. The string you have passed is not NULL-Terminated which will causes undefined behavior(depends on the original value of uuid_bytes[36]).

Use the plaintext string instead of ASCII, which is default NULL-Terminated string:

unsigned char uuid_bytes[] = "55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f";