He said that I needed to activate with a valid product key. I have also in the past been in contact with Microsoft as well as the Ebay legal department to report sellers whom I thought were selling pirated software versions. Thanks in advance for responding to my question and comment! In other words, the user of genuine Microsoft windows must buy it again in order to continue using it. Look under Original Install Date. Microsoft has gone to great lengths to end software piracy. . I like to bitch as much as the next guy.
I think there are a number of companies selling key with links to a Microsoft download site. Once the job is done, you can uninstall and deactivate the key if you wish to do so. Hello, If you buy it at a real dealership, the key will be valid or you can do as Oh Smeg suggests. When you install or reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Home on a same computer, you do not need to enter the product key to activate it in a normal way. Download and run the utility at this link , then click the Windows tab, Copy to Clipboard, then paste the report into a New Post on this Forum. In this guide, we will discuss the two easy ways out there to check if an Office product key is valid.
He acknowledged that it was indeed genuine for that year. We can't simply read the original key code from the Windows operating system because the hard drive has failed. We need to reinstall Windows 7 on a new hard drive as the old one has failed. You can then grab the keys from that computer easily. Do you have filters in your browser? But I dont want to post the keys here if they are good because I paid for them to use and dont want someone to use them before I could activate them. I just bought the laptop and it was supposely assembled two weeks ago, but I have a feeling the laptop is almost a year old, so I would like to see if the windows was registered before I bought it.
I told him that I wasn't going to buy windows twice. If you're not worried about the data, and the drive checks out, go ahead and reformat the drive. Their utilities are always crapware-free, and are always really useful. If the entered Office product key is valid, it offers download links to your version of Office. However this still does not completely answer my question: how do I know the guy I am buying the key hasn't already registered it 10 times and when I try to register it I would get an error? The keys are generated in such a way that you will never have two keys with just one character difference, otherwise people would be able to activate keys with accidental typos or deliberately trying to activate a 2nd computer by changing one character. This will search the computer for the Command Prompt app. Validate Now: You can confirm that your software is genuine now.
Okay, I get that part, sort of. In addition to the barcode and product key there is a small amount of print on the left edge and the top right corner. I said that I knew that I had a Genuine copy of windows, because Microsoft has been telling me that it is Genuine for the last year. Click on Start Recovery button to on the old computer. I am running Win 8. The above guidelines should help had I followed them the first time, I would have easily avoided the scam and still have found an excellent price. Also do you have any reason why the package may have been compromised? Turns out, 'somehow' its product key was leaked outside of its intended environment.
Yes, you might have a perfectly looking hologram disk, but this doesn't mean the license is legitimate since its easy these days to make hologram disks. The laptop is currently with my daughter, so I was unable to download the link you provided to run the exe to check it. All Tech Support requests will be removed and posters will be banned. Please do not read this sentence. Note that it's less than that, Microsoft's keys do not use certain characters such as 0 and O and 1 and I, etc. You should see the 25-character product key appear directly below the command that you entered; this is your product key.
In addition to that, service can also be used to check if your Office product key is valid. Please ignore the previous sentence. He further explained that multiple attempts to activate with this key have caused it to be flagged. As an example, computer forums are full of users who insult people simply for posting tips that they personally already know. The is full of people who believed what you say here and ended up throwing their money away. Determine the version and edition of a product key Luckily, there are a couple of ways out there to easily determine the version and edition of Windows a product key belongs to. As the Microsoft site expressly notes, counterfeit programs may be tainted with viruses or Trojans, and one might like to know if the software disk is genuine before installing the program.
In addition to that, the tool can be used check the version and edition of Windows a product key belongs to. Your experience is not my experience. Still, it may be best to find the product key using one of the below methods and write it down before reinstalling Windows—just in case. Retrieving the Product Key from Windows. It is updated as of up to about a week ago when it appeared that Microsoft quit updating W7. Far from this being illegitimate, I believed that they had Microsoft's blessing. Without going through the install and activation process.
After they start getting activated x number of times x being a trade secret held by Microsoft , those keys are added to a blocked list and are then recognized as bogus. So Microsoft pirated their own company? If bought it from auction sites such as Ebay or Amazon. If the virtual support agent says that the 25-character product key is not valid, please make sure that you have typed all characters correctly and entered using the above format. Stay away from these keys, if you purchased a key that has turned non-genuine and are within the 45 days of purchase file a claim. Oftentimes victims of piracy are unaware that they have purchased counterfeit software until it is too late. You can also use ProduKey to pull the product key off of a crashed computer's hard drive. Be sure to use the same version and edition of Windows the computer came with.
I am going to keep calling volume license support to see if they will do the right thing and activate my genuine windows even with the bad key. Should this work in practice? Sign-in with your Microsoft account. It won't boot up and it won't past the Windows Recovery hard drive diagnostic test. Did Windows ever do that? I can't stress enough to save your packaging, media and reciepts, if you purchase software such as this seek recourse with the store you purchased it from and report it to www. Up to them to decide. Next you can see genuine and non-genuine products here. The problem is, this package was not where it was suppose to be stored and I'm not sure if it was installed on a system or not.