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Windows 7: Pirate to Legitimate version


13 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 
Pirate to Legitimate version

I know for a fact that a few of my work colleagues are using pirated versions of Win 7 that they have downloaded from torrent sites. I told them today about the new security update that is coming out and the one guy asked me this.

As he has his system up and running with all the software he wants already installed can he purchase a copy of WIN 7, I am not sure which version he is running, but then replace the key from the purchased one to the the one he has running now saving himself a fresh installation and set up all over again, then having a legitimate version?

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13 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't take my word for this, but if the pirated copy is an image of a normal disc, just with a hacked key, then yes, by buying a new legitimate key and replacing his pirated key with it, he should be okay.
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13 Feb 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
Don't take my word for this, but if the pirated copy is an image of a normal disc, just with a hacked key, then yes, by buying a new legitimate key and replacing his pirated key with it, he should be okay.
Zen has given his usual correct advice. If the key number can be changed,it would indeed be legit. I would just like to add, that with a priated copy, we really do not know what else has been downloaded. For one, I would never use a pirated copy, for both moral reasons (no longer an issue, if a leg key if ultimately used) and for safety and security reasons.
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13 Feb 2010   #4

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After giving this matter some thought, I would like to add, the following. One method to change the key number would be to call the activation center and try to input the new number by touch tone phone. If that does not work a rep would speak to you. You can explain that you found out that your copy was not legit and you wish to make things right. The rep will probably thank you and most certainly change the number.
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13 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I've checked this "pirated" image from torrent and for all its worth its a copy of an image of Windows 7 minus the key. What i got is the same image that you can download... but it only has month to work and then it's going to ask for the registration key.

installed it... udjusted my time a month later and BINGO! It's asking to register the product

I don't think you need to wait for the Security Update to come in better buy the original product or else your friend will loose a lot.
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13 Feb 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shinobi73 View Post
I've checked this "pirated" image from torrent and for all its worth its a copy of an image of Windows 7 minus the key. What i got is the same image that you can download... but it only has month to work and then it's going to ask for the registration key.

installed it... udjusted my time a month later and BINGO! It's asking to register the product

I don't think you need to wait for the Security Update to come in better buy the original product or else your friend will loose a lot.
Valuable information, I am sure the OP will take it into consideration. It is very difficult to get anything really worthwhile from a torrent site, if it is piarated. My big fear is malware or worse. You can never be sure of what you are getting, except potential prosecution.
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13 Feb 2010   #7
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, you should be able to change the product key number with a legal one for the same edition that is installed and be ok after activating it.
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13 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the valuable input guys I will get back to him on Monday morning and tell him his options.
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13 Feb 2010   #9

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

the problem with replacing the key is that still leaves the activator that activated the windows 7. you will need to remove that also.

it would probally be good idea to format the drive and reinstall to make sure the activator is removed
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13 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

I was wondering about that myself, but what if it is ultimate to professional (both X64)?
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