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Windows 7: Counterfeit Windows 7 uninstall

05 Aug 2017   #1
Tomdd860

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Counterfeit Windows 7 uninstall

Hi There. Found this site looking for help and it looks exciting with everything you may want to know. My problem is i bought a used Dell Latitude laptop and come to find out i can not install any drivers (webcam,etc.) on account of it is running a counterfeit windows. I want to remove this and install one that i can buy from Amazon or Ebay. What should i look for when buying a disc? Thanks for your help. Tom


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05 Aug 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. Is there not a oem key sticker for windows Dells normally come with a genuine windows and a sticker
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05 Aug 2017   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Most Win 7 ultimate are pirate.
You should reinstall windows as you don't know what it's on it.
You can reinstall:
- By doing a Factory Restore (if you still have the restore partition on your disk). You can launch it from BIOS.
- Look under the laptop and under the battery for the COA sticker with the installation key.

Tel us what you have found.
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05 Aug 2017   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

looks like that model was sold with Vista!!

wait for the guys from your side of the pond, to advise best options, unlikely to be Ultimate .


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06 Aug 2017   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit-Newegg.com

Do not buy software from Ebay.
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06 Aug 2017   #6
Tomdd860

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the help so far. Looked under the battery and seen a product key number (bunch of letters) and it is for vista. I dont have any discs so kind of stuck. Dont understand what a OEM or COA means and dont know where to find them. So I should still get a disc? Only ones i have seen are reboot ones. Thanks again
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07 Aug 2017   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer They are the ones who install windows on the PC before it's sold.

And this is a COA or Certificate of Authenticity, Every PC sold before Windows 8 had a COA attached somewhere on the case, so the end user could reinstall windows if they wanted to.


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07 Aug 2017   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What do you mean by reboot ones ?

I sent you a link to purchase W7 Pro if you want.

Newegg also has Home Premium for $99 but the description says it's a download, so I did not post it.

And you can always install a free Linux distro.

https://www.linuxmint.com/

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07 Aug 2017   #9
Tomdd860

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry ,,,, i think i meant Recovery disc..what does that Linux do? Thanks
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