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Windows 7: Genuine Windows 7 discs possibly counterfeit

19 May 2010   #1
Craigjw

Windows 7
 
 
Genuine Windows 7 discs possibly counterfeit

Hi,

I bought a copy of Windows 7 off ebay, claiming that it was genuine. I looked through the ms site and came across the page for identifying genuine discs, which describes that there should be a holographic inlaid into the disc, with a center and outer ring of holographic, outer having wavy edges.

I have a disc that has a sticker holographic with no inner holographic and the colours are mono copper, not multi-coloured, as described.

Can anyone confirm that this is a counterfeit item please, as I was under the impression that it was genuine.

thank you.


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19 May 2010   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Your disc is probably counterfeit .. those holographic stickers are dime a dozen ... You should always get your OS disc from MS..not ebay... Caveat Emptor .. buyer beware...
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19 May 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Unfortunately, I have to agree with TEWS. So many posters have been hurt by scams involving Windows DVD. It is best to always buy from known sources.
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19 May 2010   #4
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

While there is every chance that it is counterfeit (There are just millions of amaxingly well done counterfeits out there) the desciprtion of the holographic area being "multicolored" may be a bit misleading.

The holographic areas CAN look mono copper colored in diffuse light. Hold the disk onder a single point source of liket like a lamp or flashlight and move it around. The "colors" should show up though because the foil is colored they are muted a bit by that.

Also if it's an OEM disk it may be "legit" but frequently those disks have different packaging and disk printing styles (I've not seen one to confirm for 7 though)
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19 May 2010   #5
Craigjw

Windows 7
 
 

So, it should definitely not have a holographic sticker on the disc, but rather be inlaid to the disc itself? The coloured stuff, being actual coloured images rather than just flashy colours of copper too?
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19 May 2010   #6
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

This might answer your question,
How to Tell
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19 May 2010   #7
Craigjw

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for the all the assistance. I am quite sure that the copy that I bought is not genuine, which is rather unsettling. I have no idea why the key works mind you. I will for certain make a dispute to who I bought it from and ask for a refund.
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19 May 2010   #8
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Craigjw View Post
Thank you for the all the assistance. I am quite sure that the copy that I bought is not genuine, which is rather unsettling. I have no idea why the key works mind you. I will for certain make a dispute to who I bought it from and ask for a refund.
That did actually work for someone else here that learned the hard way about buying windows 7 on ebay. Good luck. Keep us posted.
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19 May 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you rember this experience and act accordingly in the future, the cost, now, will be cheap indeed. If you have any other problems or questions about this or any other area of concern, just post.
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19 May 2010   #10
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

If you have anyway of returning the disk and getting your money back - do it! There are so many scams out there and the only way to make sure you are getting a genuine copy of Windows 7 is to purchase it from a Microsoft Partner or reputable retailer (such as Best Buy). Another thing to keep in mind is that Windows 7 has standard pricing, so though you might see a $5 fluctuation here or there, if you something that seems too good to be true - it probably is!

Hope you are able to fenagle a return!

Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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