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How do I delete my pirated copy of windows 10?

Q: How do I delete my pirated copy of windows 10?

I have installed a pirated windows 10 enterprise edition, but I recently got a legal windows 10 education key.

I'm trying to wipe out the windows 10 enterprise edition, but it's not working. I downloaded the windows media creation tool and put it on USB. I started my computer and ran setup.exe

But it wouldn't work because my pirated windows10 key is invalid

Attempt #1: I've tried going into "windows update settings" and do a reset. But it still shows that I'm on windows 10 enterprise edition (pirated).

Attempt #2: I've tried booting my computer through the USB (w/ the creation tool) and it says "if a copy of windows is installed already, restart the computer and insert the installation media and run windows set up". Which I did (mentioned above, but it wouldn't work because my key is pirated)

I think I'm supposed to remove the OS from my hard drive? ( I only have disk zero and i tried right clicking it, but "delete volume" is greyed out.) This is a new computer I'm so lost. Please help

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Preferred Solution: How do I delete my pirated copy of windows 10?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I have recently been stupid enough to let someone install a ''genuine'' copy of windows 7 home premium on my computer and now it has all gone wrong, recognising that my copy is not genuine and insisting that I activate the account. Unfortuanetly the system restore does not work and I have tried installing windows 8 preview and ubuntu in order to replace this dodgy copy but nothing seems to work. I have a legit key for windows vista that I would like to go back to but because the system restore isnt working I dont know how to go about doing it. Any help would be massively appreciated.

A:Getting rid of a pirated copy of windows 7

Hello Raymie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you still have your Vista installation disc?

If so, you could just boot from it, format the HDD, install Vista, then activate Vista with your key number.

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista - Vista Forums

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Hey there,
One of my buds recently got win xp installed on his PC by a tech.
My friend isn't sure if the copy is genuine or not.
What do you suggest to detect a pirated copy other than visiting microsoft.com
Thank you.

A:Copy of windows xp pirated or not?

I'm not entirely sure whether you can connect to MS based on your post. If you can...
Try to download this file: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35780
It has to go through a validation to download that file.

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not that i have an illegal copy but just wondering how can you tell from the original/legal copy and the pirated/bootleg one?

A:How to know if your windows 7 is pirated/illegal copy?

Try this: Download details: Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

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ok the computer had media version and i attempted to reload professional need i say more. tons of files failed to load and i am stuck at that point. what now? go basic pls it's no secret i'm not exp! LOL

A:pirated copy of windows-microsoft locked out


Originally Posted by scottsgirl

ok the computer had media version and i attempted to reload professional need i say more. tons of files failed to load and i am stuck at that point. what now? go basic pls it's no secret i'm not exp! LOL

First thing you need to do is get a legal version of Windows.

This forum cannot assist with pirated software. See Rules.


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My 89 yr old mother-in-law bought a desktop from an estate sale. Said she was told it had a 'pirated' copy of XP on it. Called me to find out what that was. She only wanted the computer to do e-mail and FaceBook with the grandkids and great-grandkids. Said she only paid $20 and wanted to know if I could "fix" it. Now, I do have a legal copy of XP that was on a computer that has long since bit the dust. The XP program was an upgrade from ME. I would like to help her and wonder if I could take my upgrade legal CD of XP and just put it in the machine and copy over the 'pirated' copy?

A:Solved: How to install legal copy of XP over pirated copy

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how to idenitfy windows 2007 ultimate is pirated or licensed ?

A:license copy or pirated one

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it looks like one of my pc?s has pirated copy of xp pro on it, I?ve never had this happen before so I need to ask about what I need to do next.i got it at a moving sale so I?m stuck with it, can I buy a real copy of xp pro with a real coa and just use the coa or will I need to do a full install of windows ? and is it legal to just use the coa with the bad os ? i really don?t need any trouble over something so dumb .

thanks for any and all help

A:[SOLVED] pirated copy of xp pro

More details, what kind of computer, brand name..

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I need some help replacing a pirated copy of Vista Ultimate on a computer I bought on ebay. I love the computer. It exceeds all my needs so far. But after I began using it I got a notice that it was not a genuine copy of Windows and this msg: "Windows has found software that circumvents Windows activation and may interfere with its normal operation. The presence of this software may indicate your copy of Windows is counterfeit." Detected software SL08-010, Type Activation Exploit." It then told me that the repair is to install a valid copy of Windows. It also said that I should contact Dell for a new copy even though the computer is not a Dell.
What I would like to do is buy a copy of Vista Home Premium and install it over Ultimate and keeping my other files in place. (Home Premium is much cheaper that Ultimate and I don't need the business stuff)
Can anyone tell me if this will work or am I just wasting my money. I'm open to any and all suggestions.
Thanks all for help. Ted G

A:Help with pirated copy of Vista

My suggestion would be a] was this indicated at time of bidding

b] notify the seller of this [ as if he did not know ] and ask for a refund.

c] post in comment about receiving system with bootlegged OS, which usually causes an immediate response from seller

c] notify e-bay of this situation.

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Hello, people.

I purchased this computer from a guy who recently passed away. I also recently found out that he installed a pirated version of Windows XP Pro on this machine. I do not have the installation CD. My question is: Can I go to a retail store, purchase a valid Windows XP Home or Pro edition, insert the new valid CD, and it will overwrite the pirated version? Or is something more involved necessary? Also, if I can do that, will all my files be lost? I really don't want a bogus copy sitting on my PC. What would be the easiest way to accomplish this? Thanks in advance for all your help.

A:Solved: removing pirated copy

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I bought a copy of Office 2007 about a year ago on eBay, and am starting to suspect that it is not a legitimate copy. I noticed today that the company name for all the documents I've created since last year is Grizli777, which apparently is one potential indication of a pirated copy. My questions are:

1.) Is there a way to confirm for certain that my copy of Office 2007 is counterfeit? I don't have the CD or packaging on hand, unfortunately.
2.) If I were to buy a genuine copy of Office and uninstall what I have now, would there then be any issue opening the documents that I've created in the last year using the (supposedly) pirated copy?

I appreciate any help at all, and feel free to let me know if any other details would be helpful.

A:Is My Copy of Office 2007 Pirated?

You can check the Product ID of your Office Suite using the guide here.
Then you can contact MS Office support and they should be able to determine the status of the key for you.
You shouldn't have an issue opening any of your documents with a valid copy of Office.

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I have administrator user and i give full
Control to C:\
but when i try to copy or delete file
I get this message:
A required privilege is not held by the client

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I can't copy, overwrite or delete certain files in certain locations, like the desktop. The look like they are copying or deleting but the get stuck at 0%. Also, explorer.exe sometimes uses upwards of 50% to 90% CPU while idle. This makes the system pretty unusable. I kill explorer.exe and restart it which fixes things, but it will always reoccur. 
I ran SFC and it says "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."
I'm not sure how to proceed.

A:Windows can't copy or delete certain files and explorer.exe uses over 50% CPU.

Hello reverberWe can check for any malware that may be stopping you. Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed. Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run... Read more

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Using the "new" version of windows explorer or "my computer" I want to use delete/copy/paste/cut etc buttons in a tool bar on the top.

The only way I can see to do this now is to click "organize" for a drop down menu.

Am I missing something?

A:Windows Explorer: Delete, cut, paste, copy?

Quote: Originally Posted by sloth911

Using the "new" version of windows explorer or "my computer" I want to use delete/copy/paste/cut etc buttons in a tool bar on the top.

The only way I can see to do this now is to click "organize" for a drop down menu.

Am I missing something?

Hello sloth.. Pressing the "ALT" key while in a window enables the menus you describe...

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dear sir we have windows 7 pro 32 bit and 64 bit we need to restrict the cut copy past move delete option request to help

A:cut copy past move delete restrict in the windows 7 o/s

See if either of these programs will do this

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Ok, this has bugged me for a while now. About 3 months ago, with my college computing class we attended a lecture/presentation from the guys at Kapernsky in which they showed us some basic tools for securing, and monitoring your own system. I remember them using programs like OllyDBG - but they also had this little software application (btw they told us all of the utilities they were using in the demonstration were available free online!) that monitored the copying of files, deletion of files, edits to the registry, starting/stopping services, running other exe's and opening new webpages.

In the demonstration they ran a 'malicious' installation package and this little log program ran beside it; once they had finished installing, they brought up the log screen and it showed that some services had been started, and where the virus had been installed.

Just wondering if any of you guys may know what this software is called? Links would be great!

Many Thanks

A:Windows Log Software - File Copy, Execute, Delete etc

I'm not sure what programs Kaspersky Lab uses in their demonstrations.
I am aware of Sysinternals suit, which has a set of free useful utilities with huge potential to trace viruses and things like that.
I have seen a video of Mark Russinovich (author) using this suit to do that. This guy works for MS now.

Update: In some of the Kaspersky Lab's slides it is possible to see Process Explorer by Sysinternals and another program Wireshark (Linux version).

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I'm not sure if this is a simply problem or some kind of other problem.

Usually, when you create/rename/delete a file/folder in the directory in Windows Explorer, it will add/renamed/remove automatically without refreshing.

However, I have this issue where if you do any of the above, it doesn't refresh until you press F5. I tried to see if its a driver issue by booting into Safe Mode but it didn't work in there.

I'm not sure if I should do a new format on my machine or if someone has a fix out there.

I'm currently running on Windows 7 Professional x64.

A:Windows Explorer doesn't refresh after copy, rename, new, or delete

Just want to bump this discussion up, since there hasn't been a reply yet. I have the same problem and it's maddening!

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If you have noticed, Windows 7 does not have an option to Copy, paste or delete buttons in the Explorer or Libraries. Although you can get these options from the Menu, it would be nice to have buttons for Copy, Paste and Delete by selecting files. This is possible though a registry hack mentioned below. Since this trick involves changing registry values, please take a back up of your registry and create a system restore point for safety.

written by Vadim Sterkin, a MVP in Windows Desktop.

go to this link http://www.nirmaltv.com/2010/11/26/h...and-libraries/

A:How to Add Copy, Paste and Delete Buttons in Windows Explorer Toolbar

Cheers for the info

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please help me. give me the tutorial, how to replace move, copy and delete animated avi in windows 7? thank's before and sorry if my english is bad

A:question: replacing move, copy and delete animated avi in windows 7

Hi, Welcome to Seven forums.

I am not sure how to do that. But, you can use some other software to copy/move and paste. Like "Teracopy". It has a different style of copying stuff.

Also, you can check out
Copy Delete Animation Modder
. This is a freeware.

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Deleting 374,707 items ... 99% complete <-- what is the remaining 1% ?
Time remaining <-- empty, why ?
items remaining: 0 (o bytes) <-- why does it never finish delete operation ?

Note: with delete command - as with most Windows 10 commands - verb tenses are wrong, why ?
Example 1:
deleting <-- preparing to delete would be correct
deleted <-- completing deletion would be correct because operation continues even after "100%"!

Verb tenses were mostly wrong also in Windows 8 - why ?
whereas in Windows 7 and earlies Windows versions they were ok - why ?

Example 2:
copying <-- preparing to copy would be correct!
copied <-- completing copy would be correct because operation continues even after 100% has been copied!

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I recently purchased a used Sony Vaio laptop manufactured in 2009. It came with windows 7 home premium but the previous owner installed a pirated version of Windows 7 Pro. I want to get right with Microsoft. Can I go back to factory settings and get the original os back? Is it still on a partition on the computer or will I be able to get it back as an option when the pc restarts? Thanks, Phil.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3766 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1755 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 457 GB (418 GB Free);
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Enabled and Updated

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Hello. Newbie here so please bear with me I have a refurbished computer and I keep getting error reports when trying to install software for my new printer. Also when I compose a new email, it keeps bouncing back with failure notices, however if I reply to an email with the same address it works fine.

My question is can pirated windows cause these problems, and how can I fix it?
I am very green with computers so please bear with me Thanks in advance for any help that can be given.

Thank you!!!

A:I think I may have pirated windows xp

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Does anybody know where I can get a working version of Win XP Pro for download, where it be through a P2P network or a website? There's no way I'm giving Bill Gates 100 bucks!

A:Windows XP Pirated



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Hi there, guys, Everything was going smimmingly...Windows 10 installed...and then, one day, i got the BSD with [something like] "unlocatable boot device"

After trying all the recommended fixes, without luck, I figured, well, I hate myself, why not re-install Windows 7 on this computer again? ANyway, short story long, i FINALLY got a live person on the phone at microsoft today to activate, and they're telling me the program is pirated and I am SOL.

Caveat, I bought it off of ebay, but the seller had very high satisfaction score, and the disk worked fine the first time around.
I've had to re-install it probably 4 times on this same computer, but it has been in my posession the whole time.

So, I've reached out to the ebay seller to see what their stance is, but surely someone else out there has had a similar situation? Really bummed out because I wont likely get this fixed before the Windows 10 free download expires in 3 days...

Thank you in advance.

A:Windows 7 'pirated'

I would recommend to report it https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howt...fr/report.aspx
Often Microsoft awards those who report these kind of persons

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Help!!?? I payed this guy to put windows 7 on my laptop. When I got it back, i realized it was a pirated version. I'm upset and want to remove it andf restore my windows vista. How do I do this? Vista was already on when i bought the laptop. ( legal).

A:how to remove pirated windows 7...??

What kind of computer do you have?

If you still have the windows restore partition then that will be the only way to get back vista, or you can buy Windows 7.

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The image was taken by sniping tool and uploaded onto google drive.

A:I think my school uses pirated windows 7

This happened a while ago

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I have recently purchased a used pc from the market. But what I fear is that the person has sold me a PC with a pirated copy of windows XP, by telling that its a legit copy.

Can plz someone help me to know whether i'am really running a pirated OS???


A:Solved: Pirated Windows PLZ HELP

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I had a pirated copy of xp before and windows genuine advantage tool keeps notifying me everytime i start up my computer. I got irritated so my cousin bought me a legit one for my birthday. The thing is I didn't want to reformat my computer so what i did was use a key changer. But after changing the key it still starts up with that windows notification.

I'm thinking of trying to update it (maybe after updating it disappears because it already sees my product code as legit), But i'm having second thoughts of updating because service pack 2&3 are big files to download.

My question is if I update will this resolve my problem (removing the WGA at startup)? or do i really have to reformat my computer and re-install windows XP?

A:Windows XP pirated to legit!

You will need to activate it. Just change key won't work.
Make sure the key is of the same version. (home/pro/oem/retail)

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I am using a pirated Windows XP Pro SP2 which was activated with a product key given to me by my friend.

If I download & install SP3 on it, will it in any way render Windows inoperable or less operative in any way?

A:Can I download & use SP3 on pirated Windows?

may want to read the rules again; we don't assist with pirated OS's.

closing thread, thanks.


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Now I don't encourage piracy or want to indicated that I support it through this thread.  But as a non guy I keep reading that pirated windows downloaded through net has lots of virus in it and they cant be removed.  So just wanted to get the feedback of more knowledgeable members here.

A:Does pirated Windows 7 have virus?

That depends on exactly what file you are getting, might have malware, might not. You never know...

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I needed to re-install windows XP on one of my computers, but I don't have the disc anymore, it got lost years ago, so I downloaded Windows XP from a bittorrent site and installed it, but I'm not sure if it's safe to use a pirated copy of windows for the web. Is it? I'm using my old windows 2000 computer to post this. Also, I downloaded a program to activate windows, it worked fine for a while. But now when I boot up, windows tells me I have only a few days left to activate it, and when I click yes to activate it it says "Windows is already activated", what's gong on?

A:A couple of questions about pirated windows.

The following is one of the forum rules, please read it.No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.You have not only downloaded a illegal copy of Windows XP, but have used an illegal means of obtaining a product code. Both of these are against our forum rules. I will have a moderator close this thread.

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I have a computer with a Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit operatiing system. I have taken hours setting it up only to find out that the win 7 product key was already used on another computer in my office. I have an unused Win Professional 7 64-bit I want to use. I tried simply using the new product key but of course it wouldn't take it becuase it is associated with "Pro" not "Ultimate". I don't want to do a wipe out my HD and do a clean install and undo the hours of work setting this computer up. What is the solution? Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 7 Pirated version to Legit Win 7 Pro

I strongly suggest you reformat and do an clean install of Win 7. You do not how the pirated version has been hacked or what little "goodies" may be hidden there. You will save yourself a lot of grief with a clean install.

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Hey, I got redirected here after someone was helping me with a rootkit issue that doesn't seem to want to fix. However one of my issues is that I'm running a pirated version of Windows 7 (that was installed without my knowledge) and I was wondering how the hell the versions of Windows 7 work. I've looked at the prices and I've seen Home Premium going for anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on the version, which brings me to my question. What the hell is the difference between the versions?

A:Need to reformat...from a pirated version of Windows 7

What the heck, Google is your friend.


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I bought my Acer Travelmate 3040 laptop from the tertiary institute where i currently study at. It comes with Windows Vista Business. After almost a year of usage, one fine day, I was trying to do the regular Windows Update. And suddenly, there began to have system popups saying "You have been a victim of software piracy", something of that nature. It claims that my copy of Windows Vista is pirated, while i bought it from the school! It is definitely the original thing, so i was wondering what happened. Then, i managed to find some information about this, and realised that this problem had affected many others. After i tried to do the Windows Update, my computer screwed up and I found out i couldn't enter the OS. I could only go to Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Networking. It was crazy, but somehow later it regained itself.

So, i'm wondering who has experienced this problem? What happened to your computer? And how did you manage to solve it?

A:Problems With "pirated" Windows Vista.?

Hi; is this happening AFTER you had this HJT log checked out ??http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...=169569&hl=

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My friend has a "pirated" Windows XP Professional Edition (32-bit).

So he has an auto-update function on/enabled. So he can see a "yellow shield" at the right-bottom corner of the screan, that means, that an updates are ready for being downloaded/installed.

So the question is - is it safe to update a "pirated" OS, or it will get "corrupted"... aspecially from SP2 to SP3?


A:Updating "pirated" Windows XP Professional Edition...

Per forum rules:No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.Topic is closed

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I've had this copy of Windows Vista around for a while now. I finally need to install it, but when it asks for the key it claims that the one that's IN THE BOX is wrong.

I called M$ and they said that the key that's IN THE BOX THAT I PURCHASED is a pirated key and was in use on 3700 different machines and was disabled!
The box has never even been opened before now!

How is this possible?
What can I do about it?

A:Help -- Windows Vista & M$ claim my legit key is pirated!

Originally Posted by TommyBlades


I've had this copy of Windows Vista around for a while now. I finally need to install it, but when it asks for the key it claims that the one that's IN THE BOX is wrong.

I called M$ and they said that the key that's IN THE BOX THAT I PURCHASED is a pirated key and was in use on 3700 different machines and was disabled!
The box has never even been opened before now!

How is this possible?
What can I do about it?

Hello TommyBlades and welcome to the forums

This doesn't sound too good

Where did you buy this copy of Windows from?

As for the cause of this problem, I am guessing that somebody has made a program to generate serial keys (keygen). These programs will create keys that follow an algorithm so that they will be accepted by Windows and then this keygen has been distributed on P2P networks. This will have resulted in many people using serial keys (which may include yours) without you knowing about it.

I don't know if this is correct, but it is certainly possible (unfortunately)


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Hey guys,

I was wondering if anyone would happen to know the answer to my question, and that is if you have a legal copy of Window's XP Professional Service Pack 3 with a legit product key, but you have pirated Office 2003. What happens when you update using the Window's Update utility.

I ran the update utility on my friends computer and and it said that it was installing the "Window's Genuine Advantage Notification" when I was watching it's progress. I was not sure if it was going to damage his computer so I killed the process.

If someone could help me figure out what would happen if I did install the update on his computer, what would happen. I don't want to screw up his computer by installing WGA and getting his Window's screwed up. So could someone help me out and let me know.

A:Licensed Windows, Pirated Office 2003

Unfortunately no one could begin to answer your question here. It's against the TSG rules, I suggest you read them for yourself so you don't inadvertently ask the wrong question(s) again.

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Update 2: We've not heard back from Microsoft yet, but The Verge has—and it's good news for any pirate out there, wherever you are. In a statement issued to them, Microsoft explained that "[a]nyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows. We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies."


A:Windows 10 Upgrades Will Be Free—Even For Pirated Copies

The Microsoft folks is going to be happy that it'll resolve the problem of "nobody is using Windows" in my country (because everyone use pirated Windows).

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How do you tell if a pirated version of Windows is installed? The Geniune Validation does not work because a person could be using a crack.

Is there some kind of tool that can tell?


A:Solved: How to tell if a pirated version of Windows is installed?

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Windows 10 Should Ban Downloads of Pirated Content, Organization Says

Windows and Office are two of the most impacted software products when it comes to the high level of piracy around the world, and this is exactly the reason Microsoft should introduce new methods of blocking the download of illegal content straight from the operating system level.

This is the conclusion of a report published by Black Market Watch and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime regarding ways to tackle piracy in Sweden, with hopes that similar measures could be adopted worldwide at some point in the future.

Specifically, the organization claims that Microsoft, Apple, and Google can introduce piracy-blocking filters in their operating systems and thus make it impossible for users to download illegal content anyway. This would make torrent trackers and other piracy content distribution channels obsolete because, this way, users wouldn?t be allowed to download files, no matter if these sources are available or not.

Furthermore, the organization claims (document in Swedish) that these companies need to be encouraged, and if this doesn?t work, ?regulated? in order to block downloads of copyright infringement material, according to a report from TorrentFreak.

?Other players that possess the potential ability to limit piracy are the companies that own the major operating systems which control computers and mobile devices such as Apple, Google and Microsoft,? it says... Read more

A:Windows 10 Should Ban Downloads of Pirated Content, Organization Says

I agree 100% i am not a fan of pirates at all.

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My local library is using pirated Windows and a pirated version of Deepfreeze.
Now, I can file an RTI(Right to Information) application to get the data but they generally say OS is preinstalled.
So first I want to go in, get proof. Print it in their own papers and attach them with the RTI.
I have full admin access except for the fact that there is DeepFreeze preventing modifications to the system.
I saw with my own eyes the IT guy installing Windows to all computers using a pirated single Key. And ofcourse the crack of DeepFreeze.

A:How to get evidence on pirated Windows 7 in a government library?

Hi -
2 quick items and I will go away if the answers are correct -
1 / You say >"I saw with my own eyes the IT guy installing Windows ETC."<, but was it a typical multi legal OEM PRO type install, or another crack way ? Example, would be a local kid with computer smarts, and not an IT PRO ....
2 / Was the Deepfreeze also not a multi licensed version, again like OEM installs ?
These can be hard to pick if you are not a qualified IT Pro, and Please Note, I do not question your credentials in any of these cases..
Just saying to "Be Careful" or you could be the one in the firing line (so to speak).
Thanks ..

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I bought a Windows 7 Pro (32 & 64 bit) full retail version thinking that it was the real thing (because everything about it looked like it was the real Microsoft product, plus it was sealed). When I installed it I tried to activate it at once and got the following message: "the product key you typed cannot be used to activate windows on this computer." Re-entered the product key several times just to be sure I typed it correctly, still the same message. I called Microsoft here in the Philippines (or probably their office in Asia) and the agent asked for the product key to be verified. Turned out it has already been used since 2012. The agent told me that there are counterfeits that could look as good as the real thing. She advised me to have it replaced or refunded. My problem is that I don't know if the store will allow it. I think I remember them saying they have a no refund policy. And if they replace it, it could very well be another counterfeit. Is there any way to hold them responsible? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:I bought windows 7 that looked genuine but turned out to be pirated

Try to return and refund it and say the key is already been used and show them proof, If they don't then you can go ahead and call OMB so you can have a talk with them about this.

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i'm interested in knowing which windows updates are safe to install on pirated windows 8 systems.
i know for a fact that there are updates which check legitimate activation and deactivate the OS

I installed all microsoft office 2013 updates to this date whith any activation issues, so

which updates should we avoid? list them here please.


A:windows updates you shouldnt install on pirated win8

Better idea is to buy a windows license.

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You dirty Windows pirates will have to live with a constant reminder of your crimes come Windows 10. Pirated versions of the new operating system will be stuck with a desktop watermark reminding users of their non-genuine status, Microsoft EVP of operating systems Terry Myerson said in a blog post today. The announcement comes after Myerson confused the tech world a few months ago by declaring that pirated versions of Windows could partake in Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10. It turns out that's not exactly true: The company later said that non-genuine installations would have to go through the Windows Store to upgrade to Windows 10, which was a strong hint that it would make pirates pay. Myerson notes today that Microsoft and its partners will offer "very attractive" genuine upgrade options for pirates.

Pirated Windows 10 installations will rock a desktop watermark

Source: Microsoft

A:Pirated Windows 10 installations will rock a desktop watermark

So basically, the same watermark that non-genuine copies of Windows had in the past, will also be back in Windows 10. Some things will never change.

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Apparently the guy who installed the operating system on my computer used a pirated Windows because the boot-up includes a nasty message that my Windows isn't legitimate. Is there any way to simply de-activate this? Or will I have to re-install?

Thanks for your help.

A:every time i boot up i get a scolding message that my Windows is pirated

You can purchase a legal Windows XP O.S. and perform a Repair Install using the new license (Key Code), then turn his butt in to Microsoft

Perform a Repair Installation

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

1.When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2.Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

3.Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

4.In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

6.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install.

Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Create Bootable CD

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By signing EULA, you have allowed Windows 10 to disable counterfeit games and hardware that are not authorized
According to the Microsoft’s new Services Terms effective August 1st, Microsoft can stop you from using unauthorized hardware or from playing counterfeit games. Microsoft services such as Office 365, Outlook.com, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox Live, MSN, and Bing are also covered by the new services terms.
The terms are also applicable to software using a Microsoft account, which would mean that it would also have an effect on most Windows 10 users. Majority of the users use Microsoft’s latest OS with an account from the Redmond company, even though when they have an option to use it without an account.
Windows 10 can disable pirated games and unauthorised hardware
I do not have a problem with MS disabling pirate software, BUT, I am the only 1 who decides what hardware is or is not authorised NOT MS.

A:Windows 10 can disable pirated games and unauthorised hardware

Now that everybody knows, gamers who play pirated games will probably stick with Windows 7. I agree with you though.

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