YouTube user Enderman demonstrated that he was able to force ChatGPT to generate activation keys for Windows 95.
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At the same time, a direct request for keys from the Open AI chatbot did not give anything, and the YouTuber approached the problem from a different angle.
After refusing to generate a key for Windows 95, ChatGPT explained that it could not complete the task and instead suggested that the researcher consider a newer and more supported version of Windows (10 or 11).
However, the format of activation keys for Windows 95 is quite simple and has been known for a long time (see the image below), and Enderman converted it into a text query and asked the AI to create the desired sequence.
Although the first attempts were not successful, a number of changes to the request structure helped to solve the problem.
The researcher ran tests and tried to activate the new Windows 95 in a virtual machine. It turned out that about 1 out of 30 keys generated by ChatGPT worked as it should.
So, in a five-digit string, the sum of the digits which must be a multiple of seven, the AI substitutes a series of random numbers and fails this simple mathematical test.
After creating many activation keys for Windows 95, the researcher thanked the AI by writing, “Thanks for the free Windows 95 keys!” In response to this, the chatbot stated that it was strictly forbidden for him to create keys for any software, but Enderman continued to configure and said that he had just activated the installation of Windows 95 using such a key. Then ChatGPT replied that this was impossible because support for Windows 95 was discontinued in 2001, all keys for this OS have long been inactive, and it is strictly forbidden for him to create keys.