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Windows 7: change keys?

01 Mar 2010   #1

Windows7 Ultimate x64
change keys?

quick question - if someone currently as a pirated copy of 7 Ultimate x64 and dont pass windows WAT, can they keep the OS installed and pass WAT if they buy a proper registered ultimate x64 key?

Know what I mean? (sorry if Im vague, im just in a bit of a rush).

I'm trying to see if my co-worker needs to re-install the whole OS or just change keys and re-update everything.

Thanks all,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It should give you the option to make it legal by buying a key from MS, but depending on where you got the copy from, a reinstall might be best.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


It depends on the particular cracktivation they have run.

If it is a boot loader, they need to use the uninstaller. Then they can try inserting the new key at Computer>Properties activation link.

If this fails, run a Repair Install which resets activation.

Finally, it may require wiping the HD for a clean reinstall to remove all remnants of the crack.

Any modding of the BIOS needs to be repaired by flashing the latest update version from maker's Downloads webpage.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2010   #4

Windows7 Ultimate x64

Thanks guys!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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