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Windows 7: Activation codes

07 Jan 2015   #31
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Jack yes mate I have messaged him with this https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/...ypes-explained and other stuff that clearly states that the sticker is required. I also said I shall be contacting Microsoft and get it from the horses mouth so to speak.

The 8 sticker is on my machine and what he doesn't get is that all versions prior to 8 require a COA sticker - I read a fair bit about it last night.

My gripe is that I paid $135 for a 7 Pro 64bit version that turned out to be the old original 7600 build - no SP1 which took me six hours to work out because it wouldn't download updates eventually found that out via an error code. So he obviously is selling 7 install options that are well out of date.

So it will be interesting to see what Microsoft have to say and for that matter EBay which he sells through and I usually advise against anyone buying such stuff through that site but the machines were again obviously superseded ones he is selling at a discounted rate and include really good specs ie full HD res and i7 core and dedicated GTX 860M GPU (Asus G759JM) making this machine a 2013 / early 2014 model.


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07 Jan 2015   #32
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Just an update the Microsoft call centre (a nightmare) which sounds like it is in the Philippines just kept saying that the seller has to give me the activation code and a COA sticker however much I repeated to her that he was refusing to do. So all in all my options are to message this seller and ask for the activation code and a sticker again - but I am guessing he will just reply with the same old same old.

Personally I think I am left dangling at the end of a very thin rope because Microsoft and I suppose it is no fault of the operator has not really been of very much help and I don't know what to do apart from what I said I am going to do. I could cut my losses and install that Home version again - I know that is legal because I bought it but the install all over - oh boy Plus am I still going to be left with the BIOS problem with 7 drivers although I suppose if that rotten seller fixed it when he put the Pro on it should be ok.

But Microsoft as much as I like their product is pretty slack on the support side really poor form in my mind.
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07 Jan 2015   #33
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Definitely report to Ebay. They may refund your money via their Buyer Protection plan. If nothing else get the seller banned.
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08 Jan 2015   #34
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok everyone I have given up because I am getting nowhere with Microsoft and the seller is still insisting he does not have to provide the sticker.
I am just plain tired and fed up with the whole sorry episode but I have got the activation code from the seller at least and tomorrow or soon I shall install the ISO onto a new drive and use the code he gave me and if it activates then I shall leave it at that. If Microsoft ever query my install then I shall just provide them with the details of what has gone on - besides if they had offered me some concrete help I could have taken it further.
Just as a by the by I contacted another seller on EBay re one of the very same machines they were selling for around the same price with the 7 option and asked if I would get the COA sticker and code for the machine and got the exact same reply (not word for word) that I got from the seller I actually bought it from so again I am no wiser as to where Microsoft stands on this issue.

Because Microsoft do not seem to give a damn or even care - something that I find very irritating considering they make up such in depth and go to what seems to be great lengths to make up the rules and regulations for these activation / code issues and then cannot back up people like myself - I for one have no regard for them any more than I have for the seller.

Sorry for the rant but Microsoft in my view have a very poor support system for folks like me and after spending what is a fair amount of money (to me) on their products over the years - it doesn't sit well with me.

But I do thank you all for the support you all have given me here and I really dislike to do it and feel that I have let you all down by caving in but truly I am tired and fed up with this whole matter - and Microsoft.
John
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08 Jan 2015   #35
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

John I think it best to understand that Microsoft has many such complaints.
It takes time to investigate all the complaint to make sure what is what.
Just because you haven't got results back from Microsoft as of yet doesn't mean they are not looking into the matter.

With your last purchase I don't believe Microsoft received and money.
Microsoft doesn't make money on counterfeit systems.

You bought from ebay so just bite the bullet and buy a legal copy of Windows 7 and chalk it up as a learning experience.
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08 Jan 2015   #36
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes Jack I actually spoke to the operator at the call centre and really I think the call centres any big company use these days are based in countries where we usually have some sort of problem beit language or talk lag. The operator I spoke to for over half an hour I don't think was really that conversant with the licensing laws and just kept saying to ask the seller for the COA sticker and activation code which you and I know are one and the same really one has to be with the other, and even though I told her that the seller was refusing to do what I asked over and over again.

As you have seen the seller is adamant he is right re the sticker and I still do have the Home edition which I bought new from my usual computer supply store as I have on many occasions before and installed on a new SSD when the original (& 8) drive was replaced by me.
Now after I did that the USB ports were not functioning properly and the Asus support site quoted that for Windows 7 drivers the BIOS had to be updated hence me sending it to the seller for him to do that install plus he and his "techie" said it was not necessary to update the BIOS.
It was returned with the Windows 7 installed and the ports working and I presume he did the BIOS thing and the rest I will not bore you with anymore.

He has like I said given me the activation code for the edition he installed which again as I have said before was the old 7600 build and I had to download and install the SP1 to make it build 7601. What I shall do now is install a new SSD and use the ISO from Greg's tutorial to install the 7 Pro and use the activation code he has given me.

If it activates ok and then validates then I shall carry on using the edition he installed and if Microsoft have a problem with that then I shall let them know this sad and sorry story - if they want to take it further then they can get onto that seller and take it up with him.

If things still go south I will do as you say and put on the Home edition.
Honestly I am so tired - literally and with this issue I am past caring what happens with the wretched machine. What I said about Microsoft I meant because they should employ people who now without thinking about it re licensing issues or whatever so that you and I and many others can rely on the support service for help in view of them being so pedantic on how their products are used.

Anyway I have bored all you folks for far too long but I have really appreciated all the advice, help, patience, and time you all have given so generously. I shall update as and when and how things turn out.
Thanks to all
John
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09 Jan 2015   #37
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Mirror Folder can be setup to act as a software RAID so it mirrors in real time, definitely faster. I use it to backuop to a 2nd hard drive and also across my network to another computer.
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10 Jan 2015   #38
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well I do back up Z weekly myself and after all the posts I have done re this problem over four threads so far I think I have got as far as I can with figuring out what the heck is going on. To quote Greg (in my case)

"As to Windows 8, my understanding is that these no longer have COA stickers but activate via the BIOS, including Win8 Professional which has downgrade rights to Win7 Professional if you want that."

I believe that is what has happened to me with the seller doing the downgrade to 7 form the original 8..
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13 Jan 2015   #39
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Just to let you all know the issue has been resolved. I got onto Microsoft support and explained my predicament and after an hour on the phone and a hook up via logmein they have told me not to worry about the sticker too much and just leave it as is and as they could see my machines install was activated and genuine by checking from their end I suppose. But I must say it is a relief from all the stress and grief over the last three weeks to be back as it were.

Now they did say however that the seller should have provided a sticker for the 7 Pro as it was downgrade but onto a different drive than came with the machine. I think if I had not changed the drive out for a smaller SSD and blank things might have been different so in effect I am legal.

I also must thank you all who have chipped in to help me out I really do appreciate it and to say without you my situation would have been so much more stressful because I do not enjoy being put in situations like this.
Again thank you all.
John
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13 Jan 2015   #40
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You're welcome John.

See there Microsoft didn't forget you they are just busy.
Now wright down you COA key and put it in a safe place.
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