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Windows 7: Caution on buying Win7 off web

13 Sep 2010   #1
gregrocker

 
Caution on buying Win7 off web

We have many reported cases here of bogus Win7 keys, even with actual packaging, sold on eBay and elsewhere on the web. These keys might initially work but soon are blacklisted because they are Technet keys sold in violation of usage agreement by Software subscriber.

A thread was just closed attempting to sell boxed retail Win7 DVD with key, including a souvenir signature edition many of us received for demonstrating Win7 in a house party.

This might have been legit but it is still risky since even if it activates, the fact that someone you do not know has a copy of that key means they or someone else could start using it again, invalidating your activation.

For these reasons, the only people it is really safe to buy second-hand Win7 from are family and close friends who you trust enough to know it is legit and they will not start using it again.

This is also why Family Packs should not be split between those outside of your network or family since the purchaser must keep close tally that only 3 copies are in use at a time, so that the key isn't given to Susie's college roommate thus deactivating Dad's desktop.


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13 Sep 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Good point. Another thing to remember is "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." You're not going to buy Windows 7 for $25.
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13 Sep 2010   #3
Bushman5

WIN7 Ultimate, 64bit OEM
 
 

excellent topic!

one should also be careful about letting big stores (BEST BUY IM TALKING TO YOU!) employees install ANY operating system for you.......i got burned.........

make SURE they give you ALL the packing (boxes COA etc etc etc)
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13 Sep 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

What happened Bushman?
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13 Sep 2010   #5
Bushman5

WIN7 Ultimate, 64bit OEM
 
 

i agreed to have win7 installed on for a few extra bucks on a HD i bought from BestBuy. Bought a whack of other toys with it and put all the packing materails (boxes0 aside. did not look at the disc. Thought it had activated but 30 days in got the balck screen and frequwnt popups 9windows not genuine) etc etc. Looked thru all the packing materail and found a "windows7' DVD, with windows 7 written on it in sharpie marker

got royally fed up and spent my weekend beer money on a GENUINE win 7 ultimate from another computer store.

BB employee was later fired for internal theft, mostly Windows OS software.
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14 Sep 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Best Buy owed you Win7 if you had a receipt for install or else they shared in the theft.

That's a lot of beer.
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14 Sep 2010   #7
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

gregrocker- Thanks for the warning! I had considered buying my Win 7 computer at Best Buy, but it took 3 employees to answer the questions I had and even so they weren't too sure so I took my business to Fry's.

~Maxx~
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14 Sep 2010   #8
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

As usual, excellent information and very timely, Greg. When I bought my laptop from Dell, it had 7 Pro installed. No install or recovery disk was included, just a recovery partition. I was looking around online and found several Microsoft Certified (or Gold Certified) Partners selling 7 Pro OEM disks. Most of the companies I looked at have been in business for at least 10 years. Considering that these vendors are Certified Partners and are registered with Microsoft, is it safe (and legal) to purchase OEM software from them?
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14 Sep 2010   #9
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

You're better off contacting Dell and requesting a Restore DVD....it'll cost you less also.
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14 Sep 2010   #10
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
You're better off contacting Dell and requesting a Restore DVD....it'll cost you less also.
Appreciate the suggestion but I've been round and round with Dell. They refuse to provide any kind of disk saying they've completely discontinued that practice.
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