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Unauthenticated copy of Win7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by amalis, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. amalis

    amalis Thread Starter

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    Hey. Glad to be here. I purchased a used HP Netbook 110 with Win7 on it, and the first time we turned it on it updated Win7 with the result that we now have an unauthenticated copy. The box the unit came in said it was sold with XP SP3, so I'm guessing the prevoius owner loaded an unauthenticated copy of Win7 on. There is a product code sticker on the bottom of the netbook but no product is actually specified -- I'm guessing it's XP. As the netbook did not come with any CDs (no drives to use them in) would a computer shop restore to XP without me having to purchase the OS? It seems I am "entitled" to one, but don't have the means to load it onto the machine. Or should I get a copy of Win7? It may also be possible that the copy of Win7 is authentic, but I have no way of knowing. Is there a way to tell?

    My machines are running XP but they are Dell desktops and I don't know if that would work -- most probably not. Any ideas anyone? This is my first experience with Win7, so I'm not sure if purchasing a copy is a good idea. I've stayed away from it until now -- I actually purchase a computer the week Win7 was released and fought with Dell to get it delivered with XP. Off subject. Thanks for any responses.
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Right click on Computer, choose Properties, scroll down to the bottom, choose Activate . Then you can see if the copy of Win 7 is genuine.
     
  3. amalis

    amalis Thread Starter

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    thanks for the reply. I assumed that the win7 was not authentic, as the netbook came from a computer science student, and so made arrangements to have an authentic copy loaded and be all legal and everything.

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  4. calvin-c

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    Probably a good idea. The installed copy might have been authentic, for the student, but not for you. I seem to recall that Microsoft had a deal for students where they could download copies of Win7 thru their schools, and they'd be legitimate as long as they were still at the school. Technologically I doubt it would expire when they (or the computer) left, but legally it would be questionable. If that's what happened here.
     
  5. Gouthaman

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    Since you use a Netbook, I suggest you have a look at Jolicloud. I am not against Windows, I fact, I love Windows. It's just the Windows is not a great OS for Netbooks.

    Jolicloud is FREE, btw. It works on Cloud and can help you do anything on the Internet.

    Good luck.
     
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