Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Microsoft says my Win7 Ultimate is an illegal copy!

09 Dec 2016   #1
RossG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Microsoft says my Win7 Ultimate is an illegal copy!

I bought a used Acer Aspire with Win 7 Ultimate pre-installed.
I couldn't get it to work properly (and couldn't even delete
the pornographic screen-savers installed by the previous owner!).

So I retrieved the activation code with Belarc Advisor and installed
from the iso from Microsoft's website.

It all worked perfectly but after not using the Acer for a couple
of months when I next turned it on I got a message which claims
that the installed Win 7 Ultimate is not a legal copy.

How can I fix this?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
09 Dec 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Have you contacted the seller of the machine/ reported to Microsoft of selling pirate copies/ machines ?
Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You bought it used, so you were taking a chance. As Mike suggests contact the seller, ask them where the COA is if there`s none on it.

Windows 7 Ultimate is the most pirated version there is.

Probably used an activator, or bad key etc.

How can you fix it ?

Buy Windows 7 Pro, or Home Premium OEM, you don`t need Ultimate.

From a reputable dealer in your area.

Example Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit-Newegg.com

or you could buy Windows 10

Windows 10 Home - 64-bit-Newegg.com

Home or Pro is up to you.

If they sold you a computer without a COA, then they didn`t sell you the right to use Windows 7, that`s something you`ll have to discuss with the seller.


But if there`s no COA on the computer, then you`re in a pickle.


Attached Images
Microsoft says my Win7 Ultimate is an illegal copy!-hardwarecoa.gif 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

09 Dec 2016   #4
RossG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
What's an activator?

Well, I don't know what an activator is and as
for the activation key it's the one returned by
Belarc Adviser so what could be wrong with it?

I doubt Acer would install an illegal copy of Win.
Why would they?

I don't need Ultimate? In fact I don't need Win 7
except that a number of programmes need a 64-bit
OS. Otherwise I'm happy with XP.

Is there a 64-bit XP? Now that's one I'd pay money for.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

An activator is a program used to illegally activate windows.

It could be a blocked key, it could belong to another brand PC etc, there are several reasons why a key could be bad, you can research that on your own

Acer would not install an illegal copy, but you bought it USED. Windows 7 Ultimate is rarely installed on a retail PC.

Yes, there is a 64 bit XP.

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition - Wikipedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2016   #6
RossG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

AddRAM

For the first time I read the "stickers" on the front of
the computer and it says "Windows 7 Home Premium" so
it seems that the previous owner installed an illegal copy
of Ultimate.

So can I assume that the activation code I retrieved will
be OK if I install Home Premium?

Ultimate is too complicated for me anyway so it'd be no loss.

Thanks for your reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well if you need home premium iso you can use this
Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2016   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As ThrashZone mentioned, download the tool, run it and under Win 7, choose Win 7 HP OEM.
Burn a DVD or install it on a USB Flash disk with Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
Do a Clean install Clean Install Windows 7
Use the COA key to activate.
For the updates MS releases SP2 for Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2016   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And there you go, Good Job people
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Microsoft says my Win7 Ultimate is an illegal copy!




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
illegal copy of windows message
i keep getting illegal copy of windows message i tried to do microsoft update to fix also ran spyware nothing fixes it it is a legal copy that has been on laptop since new i even called microsoft but still get message now on 2 computers tosiba win 7 ultimate computer im even getting it on my win...
Windows Updates & Activation
Microsoft says i have an illegal copy of Windows 7...
I have Windows Vista 32-bit OEM and want to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I brought a copy (Full version) on Amazon via a third party seller but when i put in the installation disc a message pops up basically telling me that i have the wrong disc. I contacted Microsoft, gave...
Installation & Setup
copy/move, unzipping win7 ultimate
Hi guys. This problem started about 10days ago, before then everything fine for a year. Now copying/moving and unzipping both winrar and 7Zip files takes forever. Example 3.45gb estimated 51/2hours. Crazy! Have cleaned up all drives and re-installed Win7. Still the same. ran sfc cbs log available....
Performance & Maintenance
How to know if your windows 7 is pirated/illegal copy?
not that i have an illegal copy but just wondering how can you tell from the original/legal copy and the pirated/bootleg one?
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:20.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App