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Windows 7: This copy of Windows is not genuine.

10 Sep 2010   #1
Rincewynde

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
This copy of Windows is not genuine.

Having discovered that my copy of Windows 7 (Ultimate) is not genuine, I am in the process of purchasing the software from Amazon.

My question is a simple one:

When I have the new software do I need to reinstall Windows onto a clean disc, or is it sufficient to enter the key from the new package onto the already installed but non-genuine version?


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10 Sep 2010   #2
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Generally you can do that and it will work. Depends on where you got the pirated source from as I have seen cases where these copies are obtained from legitimate MSDN (or some other Microsoft) media and there's nothing inherently wrong with them until someone comes along and either gives you a bad product key or cracks it. If you simply were given a bad product key, putting in the new product key should be sufficient; if however the Windows installation came from dubious sources or was modified in odd ways, I would suggest you reinstall as you never know what bad software could have been included in it.
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10 Sep 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If it is truly not genuine, you do not known what it contains. There may be malware, virus and more.
Do a clean install.

If the key and the DVD came from the same place, clean install.
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10 Sep 2010   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
If it is truly not genuine, you do not known what it contains. There may be malware, virus and more.
Do a clean install.

If the key and the DVD came from the same place, clean install.
+1

Clean install, FTW!
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