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Windows 7 on refurbished hardware - what is legal

Q: Windows 7 on refurbished hardware - what is legal

Looking for new (second hand) Lenovo laptop on ebay a seller has told me when I queried - the Windows and Office versions and how I could reinstall in case of a crash

"Yes I can confirm the windows 7 and office 2007 are licensed. The windows 7 is an ultimate version which is a volume upgrade license(several volume upgrades) and hence I can't give out serial keys or media for both the software"

I thought the COA normally on the laptop base and its registration number was required in case of a reinstall.

Anyone know the current legal / Miscrosoft rules on this?

Cheers Chris

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A: Windows 7 on refurbished hardware - what is legal

Dont buy Licenses from eBay. Volume licenses are for large corporations that have purchased site lic and if you ever need support you may not be able to get it with one of those.

Buyer be ware on eBay

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I want to ask a question here.
I have a legal Windows 7 Home Basic pre-installed (bought a laptop - OEM).
It was 12 years old, I didn't know what is pirated, legal, it was same for me.

So, I searched the internet about Windows Anytime Upgrade key generator (read:keygen), I downloaded it, and generated the key, there was an Ultimate key.

Then I pasted the key, to the Windows Anytime Upgrade.
At first, it was failed, so I forget it.
Then, when I shut down and I turn on my laptop, it was upgrading to the Windows 7 Ultimate!
It was my fault when was child, and know I've restored it the legal Windows (Windows 7 Home Basic). Now has upgraded to Windows 10 Home.

My question is, I used the pirated Windows 7 Ultimate to downloaded the Windows 7 .ISO (setup) from the third-party site (it was 100% clean, untouched, really no crack, OEM, keygen, etc. just same with the DVD), burn it to flashdisk, and installed it to
my laptop.
I was afraid my laptop become 'pirated' legal, because I obtained the legal Windows with the pirated way.

Is this okay I used the Windows?
My Windows now is very good, works perfect, no error. I checked it was genuine (when Windows 7 Home Basic after restored from pirated Windows 7 Ultimate), then I upgraded it to Windows 10 Home.

Is this okay, or I should buy a Windows 7 DVD.ISO to perform clean install to my laptop? To obtained my Windows is 100% legal and genuine?

Thanks, hope you understand.

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Hypothetically, you have bunch of old 16 bit software you want to run. You system comes pre-installed with windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

You want be legal and make sure you don't download a illegal version of windows. So you download the 32 bit iso image from the Official Partner of Microsoft. You install windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit software using the OEM key on the back of your computer. After installing and doing most updates and hardware you activate it. It activates fine. Of course you remove the windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit from your system. Remember this is all Hypothetical.

A:Is this legal or a legal gray area?

Hello Groze,

Yes, it will be perfectly legal and abiding by the EULA to do so.

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Lately my PC has been running slower than usual, loading into windows takes 3-minutes which is really frustrating. So I'm looking to Wipe my PC and Reinstall windows altogether. Windows itself is ?67 but I've saw a refurbished version which is around ?35 which is a huge difference for me. So i'm wondering what is the difference when purchasing refurbed version and will i run into unusual problems.

This is the refurbed version - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Professional-Refurbisch...

A:Windows 7 refurbished

You don't have install media or a factory recovery partition?

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I bought a refurbished windows 7 computer and after the set up i went on internet explorer to download a better browser and then a coloured screen appeared so i had to hold in the power button and start it up again and then it did it again please help urgent.

A:Refurbished windows 7 computer

We are going to need more info. what is the make/model of the pc and what version of 7 is on there? Where did you purchase it from? What did the error state?

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I recently purchased a refurbished HP laptop from a third party. After startup I encountered the bsod. The person I brought from said to scratch off the silver covering the full license key to activate. My problem is, I can't get it to boot so I can register the new license. Can you help please?

A:How to register Windows 10 refurbished key

Hello, Welcome to the HP Support forum. Getting the PC to boot is different from the Windows activation. Do you mean BSOD like >this< - if YES< it is  known as Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). BSOD is kind of Windows self-protection feature. If you received a blue screen error, or stop code, the computer has shut down abruptly to protect itself from data loss. A hardware device, its driver, or related software might have caused this error.What you describe could happen because of incompatible with Windows driver (most often) or because of hardware issue (rarely). In order to troubleshoot, I would need some specific information.  I would first recommend you test your hardware for issues 1. Please, shutdown the computer using the power button2. Power it on.2.1 As soon as you press the power-on button, immediately begin hitting the Esc button (like tap-tap-tap).This should open a HP Startup Menu which may look similar to this one 3. Choose F2 to open System Diagnostics. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform System Test >> Quick test.This will check major hardware componets for issue (do it just in case) . Here is more info >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03467259#AbT1 If there is no Quick test available, please perform Hard Drive test and Memory tests  

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Back story (if you want to know why): A friend of mine bought this computer with Windows 7, then changed so much (stuff for lack of a better word), that Windows DVD Maker opened instead of ANYTHING else you clicked on unless you Right Click > Run in Sandbox mode the program (never seen this option before). Also, I was unable to install any programs or uninstall in programs. So re-install Windows is my default move when I don't know what else to do.

What I did:
1) I read:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

2) I made a bootable USB with:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

and Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24280.iso from:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

What happened:
1) The Windows 7 Pro Refurbished PCs OEM Software sticker on the laptop doesn't have a Product Key on it. There is a Windows XP Professional sticker also on the bottom, this Product Key obviously didn't work either (but I tried it).

2) Currently running Windows 7 Pro, but not activated.

What I want to do:
1) Get Win 7 activated.

What I wish I would have done:
1) Got a Diagnostic Report BEFORE I re-installed Win 7.

What I'm thinking about doing:
1) Trying to install Windows XP with the Product Key.

Computer Model Latitude D620
BIOS Vendor Dell Inc.
BIOS Version DELL - 27d70403
BIOS Date 4/3/2007
OS Version Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Dat... Read more

A:Windows 7 Pro Refurbished PCs reinstall

The installed Product Key is the Default Key for Win7 Pro - and can never be activated.
What EXACTLY does the refurbisher's sticker say?
Most refurbishers are required to affix a proper COA sticker for the new OS alongside the old - and this should have the full Product Key on it. Many others with so-called 'refurbisher's stickers' on are in fact counterfeits.

Check inside the battery compartment - the COA sticker may be there.

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Basically I am just building my new pc and need to get a copy of windows 7. I plan to get windows 7 home premium 64-bit OEM edition. When i went to buy it for 73 i noticed there was a link advertising it for 43. This is from Amazon. The only difference i can see is that this one is refurbished. Just wondering what this means, since it only has one use so how can it be refurbished? does it mean they have just re-used an old disc and got a new product key for it? is this legit or is i better to get the full price new version? thanks for any help.

A:Refurbished windows 7 question

A refurbished OEM would be illegal since the OEM version cannot legally be re-used as it is tied to the specific hardware.
I would steer well clear.

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There was a garage sale and this person was selling this desktop for free.

It came with OEM (I believe, because it had the sticker saying this was designed for XP, and booted to XP) with XP, and I also got a windows 7 install ISO from Microsoft Tech Support awhile back for a different problem. I used that ISO to install, and i'm currently running unactivated.

The product key for XP doesn't work.

The product key that magical jelly bean found says it's default.

The product key that was actually designed for this ISO didn't work either.

What can I do about this? With buying a licence being last.

Willing to try other options...

A:Refurbished PC Windows 7, problems.

You can try contacting Microsoft to see if they will activate it. If not, you are most likely looking at purchasing a license (if you can).

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3995 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives: C: 148 GB (99 GB Free); E: 7 GB (7 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 01TKCC
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I replaced VISTA but Windows 10 is still slow in spite of some tweaking.

What else can I do?



You only have 3 to 4 Gb of RAM and you have less than 100 Gb of disc space.
Provide us with your computer brand and serial or service tag number.

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Just curious if any Pros Or Cons ?? I'm about to Reboot my Computer in my quest clear out whatever is preventing me from taking Updates without Failure or Error Codes...I just recently purchased a Refurbished Dell that came with the Windows 7 Pro Operating System...The label on the CD that came with the Dell has the Microsoft Logo and Refurbished Windows 7 Pro printed on it as well... Pardon my Computer Illiteracy but I just want to make sure that I can Safely Reboot my Computer with this CD ?? Thanks

A:Refurbished Windows 7 Pro Operating System.....

As long as the Product Key on the COA sticker is still readable you can use the latest Win7 installer with SP1 for your licensed version provided here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Win7 and the Special Note for Dell Owners at the end of the tutorial. I would run the Delll bootable Diagnostics now to check over the hardware first, then if it runs only save that partition since Recovery won't run after reinstall. Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the . If Diagnostics won't run the delete all partitions during the install.

Ask back any questons you have.

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Hi Tech Team.

So I got sent a refurbished HP Compaq nc6400 last week. It had Windows XP Pro already installed and also came with a backup disk. But right away, I noticed that there were some things wrong. Again, I'm not very tech savvy; but I will explain as best I can to come off like I am.

For one thing, some windows would pop up just off the screen(like the EQ window in VLC Media Player)and I would have to drag/maximize them. I was told on another forum that it looks as though my computer was previously set up as a dual monitor situation. But they never really gave me a remedy to fix this. I checked under monitors on the desktop and made sure that the primary monitor was *1*(and that 2 was inactive) but this problem still persists. But this is the smaller problem.

The larger problem is that sound only comes out of the right speaker. I fiddled with all of the sound options on the control panel. No change. I googled this problem and found a lot of similar complaints just like this; but no real solution. I called HP headquarters and they told me to uninstall/reinstall Soundmax. I did that. But still- nothing. Just sound from the right speaker. When I plug in my headphones, the left and right play fine. Since the complaints on google are several years old, I was wondering if there was a simple solution that I may have overlooked.

Thanks, and also if you guys know of any efficient ways to accelerate/boost bandwidth speed, please let me know.

A:A couple of problems with a refurbished HP w/Windows XP Pro

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Hi there all.  I just purchased a refurbished T440s from BestBuy.  It was shipped from one their resselers.  It has the following specs: T440s - 14"Intel i5-4300U CPU1920X1080 Touchscreen250GB SSD8GB DDR3 It came with Windows 10, which I had to go thru and install it myself.  I was a desktop user before and didn't have any experience with notebooks before.  But I did realized it didn't have any of Lenovos utilities on it.  That seemed odd to me.  So I went to Lenovo support.  I was very impressed.  The serial number was detected and 5 downloads were offered as "the most popular" downloads for this model.  So I went ahead and installed the following utilities: - Lenovo's system update for Windows 10- Connect2- Lenovos Power Management Driver for Windows 10- Lenovos System Interface Foundation for Windows 10 So far, so good.  Everything seems to work well.  I have the follwoing questions: 1.  Did I miss anything?  Are there any more utilities that I should be installing? 2.  What is Expresscache Utility.  This computer has only one 250 GB SSD.  Do I need to install the Expresscache utility?  My understanding of it is that Expresscache speeds up reading and writing to HDDs by using cache on SSD.  I don't have an HDD on it.  However, I do use a large external USB HDD.  So would Expresscache help speed up read/write to the external USB HDD? Th... Read more

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Greetings, I just got a refurbished Pavilion laptop. It came with Windows 10 pre-loaded and is in perfect working condition, but they stripped all stickers from it, including the one with the Windows license key. If I purchase the recovery media from HP, will it have the license key, and will it work on my laptop?   I'm awaiting a callback from the refurbisher's customer service department to see if I can get a key from them (I just called a few minutes ago). For the price I paid, I don't mind doing a little legwork to take care of this (including purchasing a new copy of Windows, although I'd rather not if I can avoid it).

A:Refurbished Laptop with no Windows License Key

@G-Rock77? If the notebook is a model that is only a few years old, then the license activation key is actually in the BIOS.   Since the 17-121gw notebook is a 2015 model, that is where the license  activation key will be, unless the refurbisher cleared the HP Factory  Default keys. Windows COA stickers have not been used for a few years on HP desktop and notebook PCs. Check in the BIOS. See the image below. 

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I, too, received notice from Mozilla Firefox and am now limping along on old unsupported version of Internet Explorer, trying to find some technical advice about a refurbished desktop computer I'm considering buying to replace this poor old laptop with Windows Vista. Am new to site and still trying to find my way around. Can anyone tell me anything about a Dell Optiplex 790 i5 Desktop? Refurbished with 4 GB Ram, 1 terabyte Hard Drive, Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit OS?

A:VISTA/Windows Replacement Refurbished PC?

Alos, I have requested a MOD to open a new thread for you. Yes if youre just wanting a decent desktop for casual use that would be an excellent system. I love Dells because they are reliable BUT I myself like to have upgradability =and Dell doesnt really offer that very much like a custom built machine would. But If you can get that PC for a good price Id buy it.

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quick Licensing Question..
Want to double check something.
I am in the process of sourcing some used PC's, that I can refurbish, and setup for a non Profit School for orphaned Children.

I have a few retail packs of Windows 7, and Windows XP.
can I use these retail pack licenses on the computers I manage to refurbish/Build?
I plan on offering them some basic computer training , and Ideally would like the computers to all be on the same windows version.

Kind Regards, Darren Coetzee * Don't forget to mark as Answered if you found this post helpful. *

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Most Thinkpads coming back on the market as refurbished units have Windows 10 installed.  This is even for models as early as the T400/T500 when the original operating system was Windows 7. This is somewhat annoying since I have devices for which drivers are available only for Windows 7 and earlier. I would prefer not to have to re-purchase "upgraded" devices - at least until the EOL of Windows 7. What are my option(s) to get Windows 7 on such a system? i) Would the Restore and Recovery discs for the original Windows 7 install still be available from Lenovo? ii) Would it be better to find a generic Windows 7 installation disc (with COA and Product Key), install this, then get the drivers for the specific Thinkpad from the Lenovo web site? iii) Could downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro be exercised with a refurbished Thinkpad running Windows 10 Pro? Thanks! P.S. How about the more recent Thinkpads which were originally with Windows 7 Pro via downgrade rights from Windows 8/8.1/10?  

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I am trying to fix a computer for a friend that was dug out of storage and the password forgotten.  After I couldn't reset the password or otherwise gain access to it, I decided to reformat and install the OS fresh.  Upon installation, the product key on the side of the computer is invalid.  There are two CoAs on the computer, one, seemingly the original, that is marked DO NOT USE, and another that is marked refurbished.  I tried the serial on the refurbished sticker first, but neither one works.
I read somehwere in the endless sea of nonsense about such an issue, and one theory was stated as Microsoft 'negated' the refurbished product keys for some reason or another.  The thread was so old that the link provided as proof didn't work anymore.
Anyone have any idea what's going on here?  I believe I may have bricked this apparatus.

A:Windows XP Pro refurbished computer activation

Hello, and Welcome
You need to activate by phone. If that does not work you can call this number (U.S. only) and keep trying until you get a live person. Explain the problem and the two COA stickers.
Win (888) 571-2048

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I bought a used Dell Desktop computer from Dell a few years back. As advertized, it did not come with any software/OS installed or OS disc and I was fine with that because I had a copy of Vista I previously purchased. However when I received it, it had a Windows 7 COA stuck to it. Fast forward to today, I would like to put Windows 7 on the computer. Trying to understand what, if any, rights I have to use the license key.

It's an unusual situation and I can't seem to find a straight answer. Don't know that I will, but thought to put it out there to see if anyone had any thoughts/ideas.


A:Refurbished Dell with Windows 7 COA but no software.

A Windows 7 COA gives you the activation key for exactly the copy of Windows 7 as specified on the sticker.

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A friend dropped off a T410 system. Windows is flakey and locks up after about 5 minutes. Ran the HD test program in the BIOS. It finished but gave me a bunch of 0000 Read verification errors though the controller tested fine. What I'd like to do is format the Windows partition and re-install. But I don't have Windows disks (there is a COA sticker for Windows 7 Home Premium 64). Can I build a set of recovery disks from this system? Even if Windows won't run? Any info would be a great help. Thanks.

A:Refurbished T410 Windows flakey

Hi, does this help you: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7# ? RegardsTimKp

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I have an HP Elite 8000 and a drive I need to run XP on. I picked up some password protected surplus drives from Ebay along with a fresh install of XP.
It wont install over the Windows 7 drives. I end up with a blue screen (I'd love to post a pic, but its asking for a URL and the pic is on my computer. How can I get the pic to show up on this thread?)
It warns that therey be a virus on the drive to be overwritten.
It also suggests running chkdsk/F. How would this be done? I cannot access the pasword protected drive.
We DID manage to install Linux Unbutu 8.4 on one disk but universally, we cannot connect to the internet, regardless of HD or operating system.
ANy way to fix this stuff?

A:XP for refurbished PCs wont overwrite Windows 7 or Linux

when does the blue screen show up, how far along the process do you get in the XP install?

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I had purchased a refurbished Dell, latitude laptop computer from online, years ago. In general system properties, it has Microsoft Windows XP, professional; version 2002, service pack 3. Computer has an intel pentium III processor, 1.0GHz, 256MB of RAM. The windows xp pro., was already pre loaded, so it was a computer delivered in a box with "no other" info, etc.. After many years of use and loaded up memory, I want to first; know how to get a startup disk from what is already installed on my laptop (xp pro.). Then how do I eliminate all the old to start fresh? And where and how does the installation disk, get reloaded on to a fresh computer? I have been researching all of this for a couple of day's, and you only get a little part of each question answered. The computer is otherwise useless if you can't help! So, anyone that can give me any answers or even a little guidance would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks, Featherwood

A:my windows xp professional was pre loaded on my refurbished comp., how do I ...

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Hi, I turned on my refurbished computer and the power got cut off before I could finish setting up as per the instructions that were sent with it. Now it is stuck on a screen that says the account is disabled, contact your administrator. There is only an OK button and it does nothing. There is NO power button so I can't do shift+restart, window button + R doesn't do anything and I've tried everything to start in safe mode to no avail.... Please help!

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I am more of a novice with this subject, pc and tech stuff, so forgive me if I am doing this wrong. I bought a refurbished HP laptop, or is it now called "notebook"? Plugged it in, wifi came on no problem. I didn't get any book or paper info. Probably cause refurbished. So I get on the blue HP screen and it wants a name and password before anything else. I filled it out. I tried to scroll down, wouldn't go. Tried "enter" and backspace and almost every key when it froze on HP sign in. Using a Vista to send this message. I don't think I am locked out cause can't log in. If anyone can tell me what simple move do I make to continue set up? Is it possible such as "enter button is damaged?  Should there be a "next" in a box that I ckick on,   is it down lower on screen? Then how do I get the page to scroll down? Any help appreciated. Don't even know if it has a warranty. Usually a great consumer except for mecahnical and internet pc. Apreciate if there an answer.Spoiler (Highlight to read)   

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A:windows 10 refurbished laptop model 15-f272wm

If the laptop / notebook is refurbished, can I assume you have no user data or user profile on this system yet?If the answer is no, then try the following: On powering on the laptop, as the blue HP POST screen pops up, press the "F11" key on the keyboard a few times. (You may have to power the system off by holding the power button for 5 seconds and trying again if you don't get the screen the first time). This should take you to the HP System Recovery Screen. If this doesn't work some systems us the "ESC" key in the top left corner of the keyboard instead. Once you enter HP System Recovery you should be able to follow the prompts to do a full factory restore of the system. Please note: This will erase all data and user profiles from the laptop, including the user profile that you can't login to, as you don't seem to have the correct username and password available. This process will take about 1 to 2 hours, so be patient.Here is a link to a HP site that explains exactly how to run Factory Restore:http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c02638587 Once the system restore is done, and it powers back on, it should take you back to the "Out of Box Experience" or OOBE for short.  This will take you through setting up the system with your own user profile and installing factory software and drivers for the first time.The OOBE usually takes about 20 ~ 30 mins in windows 10. When you get to the screen asking you to create a Mi... Read more

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I just received the Aspire E15 today, and there are 2 major issues. First, it is supposed to have 500 GB and from what we can tell, it only has 28.5. The second is that windows 10 wont activate. I have tried to contact support at phone number and email, but i have not received any response. Need help ASAP!!

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I have a windows 7 HP DC 7700 pentium D Desktop PC with a licence for refurbished PC's.
I recently took advantage of the free upgrade to windows 10, and I have now decided that I would like to return to windows 7, but unfortunately I have gone past the 30 day period when I can reverse back to Windows 7.
The computer has an XP sticker with a traditional key, and a Windows 7 sticker with unusual keys.

My windows 7 licence sticker on my computer does not look like a key that I am familiar with, it is as follows;

Windows 7 home premium for refurbished PC?s
OEM Software
Do not tamper with or remove this label

I have a Windows 7 install disk, will any of the above keys allow me to activate my machine back to windows 7, they just don't look the same format keys that I am used to.
Kind regards
Alan Woodward

A:windows 7 home premium licence for refurbished PC's

Your key is a 25 digit code in groups of 5

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Hello. I've just been told that my version of Windows 7 Ultimate is not genuine.

This is news to me. I simply bought a laptop computer in Ukraine.

I cannot leave Ukraine now, for various reasons. Can anyone advise me how do I get a genuine version of Windows in Ukraine? Where do I buy it? Can it be done over the internet? Or do I need the original CD as well?

Also, given the speed at which these versions become obsolete, which version of Windows would you advise that I install?

Is there a forum to help neophytes like me reinstall Windows? What precautions should I take?

My computer is infected with something and working very slowly. It's the only computer I have, and I'm a busy scholar. I have lost a whole week now, waiting for malware support, and still have no clue how to fix my computer.

Thank you for your attention.


John Smith

A:Where do I buy a legal version of Windows 7?

If you were advised in THIS forum that your copy of Windows 7 Ultimate is not genuine, can you provide a link to it so we can get some background information on the problem?

You're the only person who knows what assistance or advice was previously given to you.


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Hi, I recently got this wonderful message:

NTLDR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

and have been trying to remedy this ever since. The 2 problems are that the PC in question has no A: Drive so bootable floppy disks are out of the question and that both PC's I own come with preloaded XP. Normally I'd just take my PC in for service but every time I do they wipe my hard drive. Actually I think they just replace it, judging by how there nothing is left not even traces of my programs I had on there, so I am eager to avoid this. I tried looking on the internet for help and advice but all roads point to me getting windows XP CD ROM. I typed this into Google, and came across some site that offer XP in a download format, many of them free. Is this legal? If not, is this something I can do?
Failing that, is there someway I can get Windows XP from this PC and somehow transfer it to my other one? Bearing in my neither has a bootable CD ROM, just preloaded XP.

A:Download windows XP. Is this legal?

Downloading XP for free is completely illegal.

Could be a damaged mbr in which case testdisk will fix it, you're already being helped with that in your other thread :

What's the brand and model of your computer(s) ? If you didn't get any operating system CD's with it you can order one on the manufacturer's website, usually they'll ship it for free or for a very small fee. With many laptops you're supposed to create recovery CD's using one of the preinstalled softwares when you use the computer for the first time, make sure you do so next time.

If this is about a desktop computer then take the hard drive out and hook in in another computer with the same version of XP (and same service pack) to replace the files from there. You can do the same with laptops but you'll need a 2.5'' usb external enclosure to place the drive into. If you can't solve the problem then backup your personal data on the other computer and use the recovery partition to reinstall from scratch.

You can buy an OEM CD with XP Home SP3 (provided it's XP Home that you need) for less than $100 on some websites but in your shoes I'd borrow a friend's CD. The "ntldr is missing error message" doesn't require you to reinstall XP. Use a friend's legit XP CD in order to access the recovery console and replace the missing files (ntldr, ntdetect.com and rebuild the boot.ini). If the CD is from a pre-SP3 version you'll need to slipstream it f... Read more

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I want to clone one hard drive version of Windows 7 to several different hard drives that will be used for other computers. Is it legal to clone the disk, then look up the product key online and activate it that way? Or do I need to enter the product key manually from the sticker on the device

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Hello Everyone,

I have a legal copy of Windows XP, actually two of them, I have a laptop too.

My brother rebuilt my desktop computer and instead of asking me for my operating system disk, he used an operating system disk of XP that he had from one of his older computers, I believe.

To make a long story short, I am now having problems updating through the automatic update site. I want to eventually update to Windows Vista, but I'm afraid I'm going to have a problem. And, I'd like to keep my Windows XP up to date.

I don't want to reinstall my legal copy (it doesn't have SP2 on it). I have too many programs to reinstall and too many files. Is there any way to get this legal (keycode) number into my copy?


A:Windows XP - Legal Copy

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Hi Does having a Certificate of Authenticity sticker that reads HP Windows 7 Pro OA on the back of the laptop means that the laptop comes with legal Windows Preinstalled, if so can I use any windows media to reinstall it as long as it's the same version, or should I use a recovery DVD from HP? does it matter if the windows I'm trying to install is 32bit or 64bit? I'm asking because I have an Elitebook 840 that has what I think a non legit windows Pro 7 32bit, and it has no recovery partition, Thanks

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the hard disk for the dell latitude D610 was lost, so i loaded my windows professional xp for refurbished pcs disk. It came up, i loaded all the dell drivers and everything looked okay. I powered it up today and windows asked for the key again. I tried to activate and reregister but it says my key is no good, but it is the correct one for the disk. Any ideas

A:windows xp Legal key not recognized

Has it already been used?

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how can i find out if the used desktop gaming computer i'm going to buy has a legal / non-temporary copy of windows/7 on it ? the guy i was going to buy the computer from said he installed windows/7 , using a friends copy and did not use the product/activation key, he said there's a 30-day trial period, now he says he's loaded an unofficial activation code and the warning about the 30-day grace period is gone, that there is no problem now: how can i check to make sure windows/7 won't become disabled at some future date ? thanks


I think you already have the answer. If you use an unofficial activation code it is not a legal installation. Many of these codes are already known to Microsoft and the OS will be disabled, if not now, at some future date. The legality of the installation disk is also questionable. This forum can only help with legal OS installations.

My advice would be not to buy this computer.

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Hi everyone;
A friend of mine gave me a working activation key for my Windows 7 Ultimate, I thinks he got it (with other keys for Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 ..) from his MSDN subscription. Since I am not the one who is subscribed to MSDN is my successfully activated Windows legal ??

A:Is my activated windows LEGAL ??

Hello EnemyWithin,

Technically, no it's not legal since the key is suppose to only be used by your friend as part of his MSDN subscription agreement. If caught, he could have his MSDN subsciption permanently suspended without refund and all of his key numbers from there invalidated.

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Hello everyone I was wanting to know if there are any places to download Windows 8 editions legal iso. I'm asking this is because the computers I got a few weeks ago didn't come with a windows 8 disc. So is there any way to find legal copies of iso like you can on Windows 7. (Digital River)

A:Where to get legal copy's of Windows 8 iso's

It may not be useful at all, as your New PC probably some with a OEM key that will not work with download version. What brand of PC it is ?

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If you want to reinstall Windows 7 OEM but the recovery partition is gone and you don't have the associated Windows 7 OEM disc, is it legal to borrow ANOTHER Windows 7 OEM disc to do the reinstall if you just use the original product key assigned to the computer? Or what about insteal of buying, if I BUY another copy BUT don't use that copies new product key?

If it IS "illegal", is it something Microsoft would have a hissy fit over if they ever found out, or would they just say "Please don't do that any more"?

A:Legal to use another Windows 7 to reinstall

It is perfectly legal to use another person's installation disc, as long as you use your own product key.

Since OEM keys are tied to the motherboard, you need not worry about accidentally using his key, because it will not work.

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I no longer have the legal ISO I downloaded from Digital River (now removed), and the Microsoft Software Recovery says my Product Key is not valid for English!

Is there a legal alternative?

A:Legal Download of Windows 7 Pro ISO

Have you looked at this ?
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I'm posting this on TenForums so others will learn from my experience upgrading to Windows 10. But I would really like to know if anyone else has seen a computer with the square Windows 8 sticker, but no product key either on a label or in firmware/bios? <- that's just bolded because that is the main question I have :-)

I purchased a manufacturer refurbished ASUS X750JA laptop on ebay. It has the official Windows 8 little square sticker on the back, which to me indicates it should have a Windows 8 product key stored in UEFI firmware. It came with 2x 1TB hard drives. I didn't want to mess with Windows 8 or 8.1 at all, so I booted the laptop and it came up with the OOBE Windows 8.1 screen as expected. I entered audit mode and exported the drivers to a USB flash drive, then shut it down.

I pulled out the primary HDD and installed a completely blank SSD and clean installed Windows 10 Home. Created a local user account, and Windows 10 was not activated! *raise one eyebrow here* Ran showkey plus and no product key in UEFI/bios. So I connected the HDD to a USB adapter (which is why I did not bother making a back up image first - because I have lots of other means of making a backup image from the removed HDD). Looked at the software registry hive with showkey plus and it showed an OEM Windows 8 Home product key. Changed the Windows 10 product key and entered the Windows 8 product key and it activated just like it should.

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A:Windows 8 sticker but no product key in UEFI on refurbished laptop

I purchased a manufacturer refurbished ASUS X750JA laptop on ebay.

It was a remanu - most likely board changed...

and service techs do not flash the bios

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My new refurbished Dell Optiplex desktop came with the Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS and it is working fine. I need suggestions of how to install an internet browser, since there isn't one in it and I can only download the programs I own from the internet. I could use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

A:Need a browser for my refurbished Windows 7 Prof 64 bit Dell desktop

Hello and welcome:

Internet Explorer (IE) comes "built-in" to Windows 7.
If your refurbished computer has been fully updated with Service Pack 1 and all the necessary critical and important patches, you should already have IE11 (the only supported version of IE for Win7).

Firefox can be downloaded here:
Mozilla Firefox Web Browser — Download Firefox in your language — Mozilla

Chrome can be downloaded here:
Chrome Web Browser

To check about your Windows 7 version, click the round Windows "start orb" in the lower left > type "msinfo32" without quotes into the search box > click the "msinfo32.exe" link that appears.
You can post a screen shot of the window that shows your Windows version.

To check your IE version, you can click the IE desktop shortcut icon (or the taskbar icon) to open the program. Then, click the little "gear" icon in the upper right corner, then click "About Internet Explorer". It will say what version IE you have.


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My new refurbished Dell Optiplex desktop came with the Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS and it is working fine. I need suggestions of how to install an internet browser, since there isn't one in it and I can only download the programs I own from the internet. I could use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

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Hi, I am trying to find a legit Windows XP download for my computer. I have lost my CD, I still have my CD case with CD key inside. (check pictures*of course with key CD removed*)

I am looking for legit downloads, not torrents.


I wish to install Windows 7 Professional on my laptop whilst still keeping everything nice and legal. I can buy a student copy of Windows 7 Professional for ?40, they don't offer full versions. To do this properly I need an ISO of Windows XP Home Edition. *Laptop has no OS*

I really do own a legit key for XP Home Edition. (My parents bought it about 8 years back for there computer.)
Sorry if this breaks any rules but I really do want a copy.


A:Windows XP - Genuine download (Already have legal CD key)

A Google search may help you .... I guess first few links of the search is legal

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I'm running windows xp home edition sp1, among other things. I'm having trouble installing sp2. When I read the messages on this board that try to help others with similar problems, I often see the tech experts asking the poster if the poster has a valid or legal copy of windows.

I'm certain I do; it came preloaded by Dell when I bought the machine.

But I'm enough of a newbie that I don't know how to prove that. Is there a simple way I could use, say, Start|My Computer and look for and find some entry that confirms that I'm legal?

A:Solved: How do I CONFIRM my windows xp is legal?


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If so where do I find it to download it and what is the process to d/l and use it.
I am interested to replace my existing TrueCrypt functionality particularly to encrypt the full access to the PC or at least to its multiple SSD and HDD drives inside it.
In case it would not be possible, which third party Encrypting software is the best for my purpose?

Thank you for your eventual contributions over this issue.

A:Is there a legal way to add to use BitLocker on Windows 7 Home 64-bit?

I would suggest "DiskCryptor" - https://diskcryptor.net/wiki/Main_Page

Review: DiskCryptor a worthwhile encryption program that's easy to use | PCWorld
Btw, i never personally used it. My suggestion is based on generally positive reviews across various sites and forums.

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K, my freind built me a comptuer and it turns out he put an illegal version of xp pro on my computer, now i am trying to install a legal and clean version of xp home but when i try to boot fromt he cd (where it says to press any key to boot from cd) nothing happens, what am i suppose to do?


A:Illegal to legal version of windows??

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I have a Netbook... which had Windows 7 and i flashed it with Windows XP and Linux... now comes a time where i want Windows 7 back on it... would acquiring another copy/media to install on the netbook but still using original Serial underneath it for fresh installation of Windows 7 be legal?

The Netbook had a factory restore partition which had Win 7 but deleted it prior to Win/Linux dual installations

A:Solved: Installing Windows 7 - Legal or Not?

It's legal, but you need to use the same edition of Windows 7 that was originally installed. Most netbooks came with Windows 7 Starter.

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A:Is it possible/ legal to make a copy of windows xp?

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