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Windows 7: Counterfeit OS

04 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Counterfeit OS

Hi all,

A recent Windows update has revealed that my Windows 7 Ultimate is not genuine. Each time I power up Microsoft are on my case about getting genuine software, so I need to do the right thing and spend a bit of money.

I have a couple of questions, the first one is can I upgrade rather than getting the complete install. Guess I already know the answer to that one!

What is the difference between Ultimate and Ultimate N?

What does it mean when it says Windows 7 Ultimate - 1 PC?

Thanks in advance


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04 Nov 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Johnysmall,
Welcome to Seven Forum. I'm not sure what the N stands for you may well learn here shortly. Use this brief guide for the different versions of 7
Windows 7 Pricing Buy Install Choose Edition Features Upgrades Offers
Lastly the 1 PC means only for use on one PC.
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04 Nov 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johnysmall View Post
Hi all,

A recent Windows update has revealed that my Windows 7 Ultimate is not genuine. Each time I power up Microsoft are on my case about getting genuine software, so I need to do the right thing and spend a bit of money.

I have a couple of questions, the first one is can I upgrade rather than getting the complete install. Guess I already know the answer to that one!

What is the difference between Ultimate and Ultimate N?

What does it mean when it says Windows 7 Ultimate - 1 PC?

Thanks in advance
You can upgrade of you had a supporting OS prior to installing the non genuine.

Windows N Editions are available for both upgrades and new purchases, for the Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. The features in the N Editions are the same as their equivalent full versions as well as the same price, but do not include Windows Media Player. The cost of the N Editions are the same as the full versions, as Windows Media Player can be downloaded without charge from Microsoft for the N Editions. This comes after an EU lawsuit in which Microsoft was sued for anti-competitive practices. Before Internet Explorer is launched, a browser choice dialogue is brought up to ask the user which browser they want, however Internet Explorer is still installed.Source Winkipedia

1 pc probably means that it is an OEM and that it is tied to one computer for life. You can never use it on another computer
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04 Nov 2010   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johnysmall View Post
Hi all,

A recent Windows update has revealed that my Windows 7 Ultimate is not genuine. Each time I power up Microsoft are on my case about getting genuine software, so I need to do the right thing and spend a bit of money.

I have a couple of questions, the first one is can I upgrade rather than getting the complete install. Guess I already know the answer to that one!
Fresh install. Don't forget to back up all your data first.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johnysmall View Post
What is the difference between Ultimate and Ultimate N?
-N does not have windows media player, but can be downloaded free of charge from microsoft. (this came about due to the lawsuit for anti-competitive practices)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johnysmall View Post
What does it mean when it says Windows 7 Ultimate - 1 PC?
The os can only be put on one pc, period.
Businesses use the Enterprise verion with Volume Licensing, as the have plenty of pc's.

Thanks in advance[/QUOTE]

Hope this helps.
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04 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for your replies fellas.
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04 Nov 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You are very welcome
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04 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Before you buy anything...how did you get your current version? If you purchased it somewhere, thinking it was legit, and can prove that...Microsoft may give you a license for free.
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04 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Before you buy anything...how did you get your current version? If you purchased it somewhere, thinking it was legit, and can prove that...Microsoft may give you a license for free.
Well they would sue the company you bought it from and part of the settlement would be to replace your windows ...
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04 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
Well they would sue the company you bought it from and part of the settlement would be to replace your windows ...
No...you provide proof, like an invoice, and Microsoft gives you a key.
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04 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Ah then in the end they still go after the company who sold it to you :P
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