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From a Pirate to a License


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#1 scoobysnack11

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:00 PM

I wanted Windows 7 badly.. My friend had a copy of it and I installed it on my laptop.

It is Windows 7 Ultimate and up until a few days ago I have had zero issues.

My work is now the owner of a windows software package that includes 10 licenses for Windows 7 pro and 1 of ultimate.

My boss loaded ultimate on his laptop...

If I want a genuine copy on mine,

What will I lose by going to Pro instead of Ultimate???

Can I just add the code or do I need to reload the software and then all the programs I have added since the 7 upgrade??

Help, I'm scared...

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:29 PM

Thank you for deciding to come clean.

You will have to perform a clean install . Since you are using a pirated version, you should format the drive before putting the full retail version on there. Besides, you cannot "upgrade" from Ultimate to Pro (even if you could, you shouldn't for reasons I mentioned earlier: it would still be pirated software even if you put a legit product key in it).

Here are the differences between editions of Windows 7. The only thing you will lose is BitLocker and multi-language support (things hardly anybody uses). I know "Ultimate" sounds a lot better than "Professional", but there really isn't much difference besides the price.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:19 PM

My work is now the owner of a windows software package that includes 10 licenses for Windows 7 pro and 1 of ultimate.

I don't understand what you're saying here ... if none of these licenses are legit, then of course you can't use them! You will need to buy a legal + licensed Windows 7 DVD. That's all there is to it.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:24 PM

I think the company bought Volume Licensing for their employees to use.
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:03 PM

Well...I got the impression that this is a personal laptop, while the license for Win 7 belongs to the work site (which has nothing to do with OP's personal computing wants.

I would have to agree with Jacee, pending clarification from OP.

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