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02 Mar 2012   #1

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Install legal copy of win7 over a bad one

Hello. A friend of mine have a pc with invalid windows 7 installtion (I get a message that that I may be a victim and so on...).
I have a real original windows 7 pro copy that is still new and wasn't registered yet.

Can I register the bad copy with the key of the good one so it will be legal and she want need to reinstall windows 7 (because then she will need to install all the other programs she already install on it).

Thanks.


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02 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by donok View Post
Hello. A friend of mine have a pc with invalid windows 7 installtion (I get a message that that I may be a victim and so on...).
I have a real original windows 7 pro copy that is still new and wasn't registered yet.

Can I register the bad copy with the key of the good one so it will be legal and she want need to reinstall windows 7 (because then she will need to install all the other programs she already install on it).

Thanks.
Welcome Donok to the windows 7 forum.

I would not recommend trying to use your key on that illegal copy of windows.
It might have some extra bad guys payload in it as that is a normal routine of pirated copies.

I would just backup important data from the bad copy to an external usb drive and then boot your good copy, completely remove the existing partitions and then re-partition the hard disk to install your good copy.

This should make sure that none of the bad payload from the pirated copy of windows is still on the hard disk.


Rich
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02 Mar 2012   #3

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+1.^ Excellent advice from Rich.
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02 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by donok View Post
Hello. A friend of mine have a pc with invalid windows 7 installtion (I get a message that that I may be a victim and so on...).
I have a real original windows 7 pro copy that is still new and wasn't registered yet.

Can I register the bad copy with the key of the good one so it will be legal and she want need to reinstall windows 7 (because then she will need to install all the other programs she already install on it).

Thanks.
A new installation with a legitimate copy is probably the best idea.

However, it's possible to replace the product key:

How to Change Windows 7 Product Key | Sizzled Core - Android, Internet Media, Gadget Reviews

The sticky bit there is that the versions must match. If the new key is a retail upgrade key, I believe that it couldn't be used to activate an OEM install, even if they are both Pro. I'm not sure about using a full retail Pro key on an OEM copy.

Maybe she should contact Microsoft directly. The activate-by-phone people (run slui 4 from the command line) are supposed to be available 24/7.
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02 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I agree with everyone in that you should ditch the bad copy of Windows as it'll give you nothing but trouble.

The automatic telephone activation process is quick and painless, providing you have a genuine copy of Windows.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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02 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Can you decribe what you mean by an invalid copy ? Is it something she or someone else installed for her ? Did the pc come with it ? Your willing to give away a key that you paid for ?
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