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Windows 7: Pirated Win7, have key. How do I input key or disable bootloader?


19 Sep 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Pirated Win7, have key. How do I input key or disable bootloader?

Got a laptop with Windows 7 pirated copy with a bootloader, I think, just installs, updates, and works perfectly without ever asking for a key. I have a key and would like to legitimize my copy but can't figure out how. I think I need to disable the bootloader, but I don't know anything about that stuff. Maybe there's a setting in Windows somewhere. Any help would be appreciated.

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19 Sep 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rahl,

I would strongly recommend to do a clean install of Windows 7, and enter your legal product key during installation.

This way you will be starting from a fresh legal start, and not have to worry about any unknown malware that may be included with the pirated copy.
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19 Sep 2013   #3

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

The Windows 7 installation disc doesn't ask for a key
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19 Sep 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Then you don't have an official retail type Windows 7 installation DVD/USB.

Where did you get the product key from?
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19 Sep 2013   #5

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

It is my key for my computer. My hdd backup got formatted but the key is from the same version
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19 Sep 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Is this an OEM product key from a computer that came with Windows preinstalled?

If so, then you will not be able to activate it on another computer since an OEM key is permanently tied to the motherboard it was first activated on.
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19 Sep 2013   #7

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Same Computer, can't reinstall windows from a legit disc because the install was on my hdd and got formatted.
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19 Sep 2013   #8

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I want to legitimize this cracked copy with my valid key
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19 Sep 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Here you go then. You'll need to format and reinstall.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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