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Windows 7: BSOD running Plex Media Server, now NIC not working and locking up

31 Jul 2013   #41
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Interesting.
Where did you acquire your Windows License from?
The License type is OEM_SLP - which is only valid on machines preinstalled by larger manufacturers, but you appear to have a retail motherboard.


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31 Jul 2013   #42
doveman007

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm in the EU, where it's been ruled unlawful for Microsoft to tie software licences to hardware, which explains why Microsoft were happy to activate my licence.

I've still been having a problem with HwInfo64 making the screen go blank when launched, requiring a hard reset to recover. The author looked at the debug log for me and said it was locking up when scanning the Nebula PCI TV card, so I've removed that now (although sometimes HwInfo64 worked OK with it installed, so it's hard to know for sure if that's definitely the problem). Perhaps that was connected to some of the other problems as well, so I'll have to see if I have any more problems now it's removed.

I've attached the debug logs from HwInfo64, one working with the Nebula removed and one where it locked up with the Nebula installed.
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31 Jul 2013   #43
NoelDP

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That ruling applies ONLY in Germany - none of the other member states of the EU.
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31 Jul 2013   #44
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Which also explains why I never heard of this while I'm in EU too.
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31 Jul 2013   #45
NoelDP

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31 Jul 2013   #46
doveman007

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
That ruling applies ONLY in Germany - none of the other member states of the EU.
Well that's where I bought it. Clearly Microsoft consider that I have a valid licence or they wouldn't have activated it and confirmed it as genuine.

If the EU has ruled something trade-related unlawful, I'm pretty sure it would apply to the whole EU, regardless of which country bought the case to the court, as trade within the EU countries is the one area which all the countries agree the EU has jurisdiction over but I haven't read the whole judgement.

Unfortunately, I've had two BSOD since removing the Nebula card, so I don't seem to be making much progress here.
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31 Jul 2013   #47
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

post 41 is still true though. OEM_SLP activation like yours is only done by OEMs. And pirates using loaders.
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31 Jul 2013   #48
doveman007

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
post 41 is still true though. OEM_SLP activation like yours is only done by OEMs. And pirates using loaders.
Well I'm certainly not a pirate using a loader and as I say, if Microsoft are happy to activate my licence as genuine (I had to phone them to do so, which doesn't seem like something they'd require OEMs to do for each licence/machine) then surely that should satisfy you that it's valid?
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31 Jul 2013   #49
NoelDP

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The only legal way to acquire OEM_COA_SLP Keys or OEM_SLP Keys in the UK is to purchase them preinstalled on machines from large manufacturers.


Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. It also checks for the existence of proper matching licenses in the OS itself. Once it sees both, it self-activates every time the machine is rebooted.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. This key is for use if the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.


It is not legal to sell COA_SLP Keys except in this way - and only the larger manufacturers have such keys in the first place.
If you purchased this license then it's a counterfeit, and may be blocked at any time.
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31 Jul 2013   #50
doveman007

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
The only legal way to acquire OEM_COA_SLP Keys or OEM_SLP Keys in the UK is to purchase them preinstalled on machines from large manufacturers.


Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. It also checks for the existence of proper matching licenses in the OS itself. Once it sees both, it self-activates every time the machine is rebooted.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. This key is for use if the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.


It is not legal to sell COA_SLP Keys except in this way - and only the larger manufacturers have such keys in the first place.
If you purchased this license then it's a counterfeit, and may be blocked at any time.
As I said, I didn't acquire it in the UK though. As MGADIAG shows, it's a COA SLP key, not an OEM SLP as you said before, which might explain bobafetthotmail's comment.

I'm sure Microsoft were perfectly able to see that my machine doesn't have a SLIC table when activating and the fact that they activated it as genuine despite that shows they don't consider it counterfeit. I can't imagine they're likely to suddenly decide that a licence they activated as genuine suddenly isn't, despite nothing changing, as that would seem to be rather bad PR, and I think they'd find it very hard to legally justify suddenly changing their mind and deactivating my licence.

I can only guess that the reason I had to phone to activate is to confirm that I'm in the EU, where different rules apply.
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