Pirated Operating Systems

WindChaser11

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Hopefully this is in the correct section, if not...my apologies


Recently there has been discussion in some threads regarding pirated software and its relation to the overall forum. An explanation of what is considered an illegally obtained OS wasn't clearly stated.

For example, there's someone who reveals they took a Microsoft Product key for Windows 10 from a site. Why is that considered non-genuine?
 
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keltic1der

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Software piracy is the mislicensing, unauthorized reproduction and illegal distribution of software, whether for business or personal use.
Basically, using a product key intended for a version of Windows 10 I bought and using it on a version of Windows 10 you obtained would be mislicensing.
Also, you do not know that person who posted it on the site obtained that key legally.

A Genuine Microsoft Label or COA should never be purchased separately from the software it authenticates, or in the example you are asking about. Taking from the Internet, since that key did not come with the version of Windows you are using.

Does this help?
 

Cookiegal

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First of all, you should admit that it was you rather that speaking in the third person. I closed your other thread because you said:

"I did the free download to 10 with a product key I found online, occasionally an "Activate Windows" message comes up. "

You can't just find free keys for Windows on the Internet that are legitimate.
 

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To expand, even if you use what is a legitimate/authenticate/genuine Windows license key but use it inappropriately it makes your installation illegal or in violation of the license agreement. So if you find a Windows key on the internet or get one from a friend and it's already in use elsewhere or even if its just licensed to be used on another computer and not yours then it becomes a non-genuine installation.
 

WindChaser11

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Software piracy is the mislicensing, unauthorized reproduction and illegal distribution of software, whether for business or personal use.
Basically, using a product key intended for a version of Windows 10 I bought and using it on a version of Windows 10 you obtained would be mislicensing.
Also, you do not know that person who posted it on the site obtained that key legally.

A Genuine Microsoft Label or COA should never be purchased separately from the software it authenticates, or in the example you are asking about. Taking from the Internet, since that key did not come with the version of Windows you are using.

Does this help?
Yes, it helps a lot. Thank you.

To expand, even if you use what is a legitimate/authenticate/genuine Windows license key but use it inappropriately it makes your installation illegal or in violation of the license agreement. So if you find a Windows key on the internet or get one from a friend and it's already in use elsewhere or even if its just licensed to be used on another computer and not yours then it becomes a non-genuine installation.
If someone has a non genuine version of windows and would like to rectify the issue what should they do?

First of all, you should admit that it was you rather that speaking in the third person. I closed your other thread because you said:

"I did the free download to 10 with a product key I found online, occasionally an "Activate Windows" message comes up. "

You can't just find free keys for Windows on the Internet that are legitimate.
You're correct, i did admit to that. I wish to rectify the issue now. It was my understanding that windows 10 was free and the origin of the product key wasn't of great importance. But then again, that's the point of forums, for people such as myself to get the help and learning they need.
 
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Just have to buy a genuine license and enter it if its the same version. If its a different version, ie. Home instead of Pro then you would need to reinstall Windows with the correct version and matching license key.
 

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You can also use your existing Windows 7 or 8 product keys to do the installation and activation.

Yes, Windows 10 is free but only when obtained though a legal method, which is an inplace upgrade of a Windows 7 or 8 system or by entering a Windows 7 or 8 license key during a clean install of Windows 10.
 

WindChaser11

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You can also use your existing Windows 7 or 8 product keys to do the installation and activation.

Yes, Windows 10 is free but only when obtained though a legal method, which is an inplace upgrade of a Windows 7 or 8 system or by entering a Windows 7 or 8 license key during a clean install of Windows 10.
Okay, you're the first to suggest that. Using a 8.1 product key to authenticate Windows 10.

Is there a particular program that re-installs an operating system or does it need to be done "manually"?
 
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flavallee

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Even if your Dell OptiPlex 745 in this thread could be upgraded for free from a qualifying copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, its hardware is too old and too slow.
Personally, I believe you'll be happier running Windows 7 SP1 32-bit or 64-bit in it.

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WindChaser11

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Even if your Dell OptiPlex 745 in this thread could be upgraded for free from a qualifying copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, its hardware is too old and too slow.
Personally, I believe you'll be happier running Windows 7 SP1 32-bit or 64-bit in it.

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Okay, your opinion holds weight. There is no attachment to Windows 10 so switching is not an issue, but could you explain your rationale for going back to Win7 please? My guess is that Win7 would use up less of a pc's resources and is less demanding but I don't truly understand.

Also, how does one determine whether they should go with 32 or 64 bit programs? Once you pick one, does every program have to stick to that bit system or is it a case by case basis?
 

keltic1der

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If you have a 32-bit process you should will only be able to install 32-bit software.
If you have a 64-bit process you will be able to install both.

((There are some programs that are not available in 64-bit versions yet))

To keep things simple, 64-bit will be faster.

If you have a Windows 7 CD with the legal key, you can install it on your computer and then take advantage of the free update to Windows 10 that Microsoft is offering and you will not have to purchase a Windows 10 key.
 

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could you explain your rationale for going back to Win7 please?
Because that desktop is several years old and is better designed for running Windows 7 than it is running Windows 10.
Windows 7 is also supported by Microsoft for almost 4 more years.
By the time it's no longer supported, that desktop will likely be in "computer heaven".

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keltic1der

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I was wondering how you knew what about his PC. Did not realize the pc info was posted on a different board.
 

WindChaser11

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Because that desktop is several years old and is better designed for running Windows 7 than it is running Windows 10.
Windows 7 is also supported by Microsoft for almost 4 more years.
By the time it's no longer supported, that desktop will likely be in "computer heaven".

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How did you go about finding the exact specifications of my hardware once I gave you my information?
 

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