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Windows 7: Is my activated windows LEGAL ??


30 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is my activated windows LEGAL ??

Hi everyone;
A friend of mine gave me a working activation key for my Windows 7 Ultimate, I thinks he got it (with other keys for Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 ..) from his MSDN subscription. Since I am not the one who is subscribed to MSDN is my successfully activated Windows legal ??

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30 Dec 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello EnemyWithin,

Technically, no it's not legal since the key is suppose to only be used by your friend as part of his MSDN subscription agreement. If caught, he could have his MSDN subsciption permanently suspended without refund and all of his key numbers from there invalidated.
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30 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for your quick reply. it's a bit sad though; an ultimate license costs nearly a two months wage here.
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30 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ouch, now that's not fair.
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31 Dec 2010   #5

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Well, think of how many years' wages there it cost Microsoft to write, test, polish, and release it (given it had thousands of developers working on it for years, not including the time that went into the underpinnings that were released with Vista...). There's always two sides to every coin .
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31 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EnemyWithin View Post
Thanks for your quick reply. it's a bit sad though; an ultimate license costs nearly a two months wage here.
Do you have a particular need for the Ultimate version though. You could cut that price in 1/2 with Home Premium...which is probably sufficient for your needs.
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01 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
Well, think of how many years' wages there it cost Microsoft to write, test, polish, and release it (given it had thousands of developers working on it for years, not including the time that went into the underpinnings that were released with Vista...). There's always two sides to every coin .
I understand that perfectly, it was just me moaning (but I still believe that adapting the prices for each country would help against piracy)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EnemyWithin View Post
Thanks for your quick reply. it's a bit sad though; an ultimate license costs nearly a two months wage here.
Do you have a particular need for the Ultimate version though. You could cut that price in 1/2 with Home Premium...which is probably sufficient for your needs.
That seems to be the way to go. If I buy a Home Premium license and change my motherboard/CPU will I be able to install windows using this same license ?

Oh and happy new year everyone ^^
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01 Jan 2011   #8

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

You should be able to and you can always contact Microsoft if you are unsure.
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