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Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« on: Jun 23, 2011, 09:21 »
I'm the proud(?) owner of a pucker Win7 disk. Purchased from Micro$oft. I'm in the process of trying to move from a Windows machine to another (Bootcamp Windows partition on an iMac). I install from my pucker disk and it tells me that my copy of Windows isn't genuine! Presumably it knows it has been used on another machine, so I can't validate it. The original machine on which Win7 was installed and validated, no longer connected to the Internet, is now in bits. How do I get around this without having to buy another licence for £££££££ from the greedy Microsoft bastards ??????

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Re: Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« Reply #1 on: Jun 23, 2011, 13:27 »
Have you tried ringing Microsoft or emailing them?   Have you tried to Google an answer?

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 23, 2011, 18:01 »
I have been through this before! Call them and they will sort you a new "Product Key" over the phone.

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Re: Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« Reply #3 on: Jun 23, 2011, 23:45 »
So, isn't that the answer?   I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but they are trying to protect themselves from people who borrow a disc from a friend and try to install it, thus depriving M/S from the revenue of selling another copy of Windows?  If you don't like it you can always opt for another O/S. 

I'll be re-formatting my desktop, I've a genuine Windows 7 disc, but I may have to prove that it is mine.

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Re: Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« Reply #4 on: Jun 24, 2011, 07:19 »
So, isn't that the answer?   I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but they are trying to protect themselves from people who borrow a disc from a friend and try to install it, thus depriving M/S from the revenue of selling another copy of Windows?  If you don't like it you can always opt for another O/S. 

I'll be re-formatting my desktop, I've a genuine Windows 7 disc, but I may have to prove that it is mine.

I already am running another O/S. It's called Mac Snow Leopard! There appears to be no way to transfer a legitimately bought license for Win7 from one computer to another. You can verify, but can't un-verify an installation. Microsoft Windows 7 costs £100 for a copy. I am a legitimate owner, but can't install what I own. Corporate licencing is even more of a nightmare. Why does it have to be so complicated? 

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« Reply #5 on: Jun 24, 2011, 12:17 »
Tell Em you had to replace youre hard drive and it is therefore the same computer.

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 24, 2011, 12:44 »
Tell Em you had to replace youre hard drive and it is therefore the same computer.

you can actually phone Mickeysoft and use the automated activation..even if it kicks up a legit error

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Re: Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« Reply #7 on: Jun 24, 2011, 13:46 »
I'll try that tonight, if I get the Bootcamp partition working correctly. I'm presuming the installation on my old PC is what's causing the problem, even though the machine is now defunct.

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Re: Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« Reply #8 on: Jun 24, 2011, 21:36 »
Sussed it! Did a manual validation, then used a fresh key that I know hasn't been used anywhere else to upgrade to Win 7 professional. I now have Mac Snow Leopard and Win7 (running in Parallels 6) on the same desktop. Nice!

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 24, 2011, 21:46 »
I did a W7 install for a guy with a MAC (one of the really expensive all in one jobbies)...and he now just uses Win7...So, he's basically got a VERY expensive PC

Glad you got it sorted m8

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Re: Microsoft Licencing - What a pain in the arse!
« Reply #10 on: Jul 01, 2011, 21:59 »
Windows 7 gives me total compatibility with work, but I work on Mac OSX at home, except for my weather station, which doesn't have Mac software available.


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