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#1 Aaflac

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:27 PM

Would appreciate some help, please.

Bought a Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 on eBay. It was advertised as being factory reset.

Turned on the laptop, and get Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, but, it was not validated, the Toshiba Recovery partition was gone, and there are no Toshiba utilities, or any Toshiba software to be found.

The COA sticker has a Product Key, but it is so worn out, you can only read 4 or 5 letters out of the 25.

Contacted the seller and was given a Product Key 6B88K-XXXWY-4FXXX-MXXX3-W8DQG (Xs added by me, there are actual letters/digits provided) which immediately struck me as a hacking trick. Anyone with knowledge of this key can figure it out.

The above Product Key did not match any of the few letters legible on the COA.

Is the above key valid, or used by Toshiba?


Thanks in advance for your reply.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:20 PM

That question...should be asked of whomever provided you with the key.

 

FWIW:  Microsoft maintains a list of known license keys which have become invalidated.  If you can find that key using Google...I'd say that it's less than legal :).

 

Microsoft is responsibile for determining...whether a giver user has a valid license key...no one here can determine such.

 

As for Toshiba...a Toshiba representative may be able provide recovery disks for said system, if contacted.  They might even be able to verify the license applicable.

 

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for the reply, hamluis.

 

That question...should be asked of whomever provided you with the key.

 

It was. Needless to say, got no answer.
 
Found the key using Google, but getting mixed information on it. The key is being presented as a Windows 7 OEM SLP Key Collection.
 
Also talked to Toshiba, and the representative did not discuss the subject, and instead lead me into getting a Recovery disk tor the specific laptop, and that I did.

 

Just curious as to what a validation expert would say about the key provided by the previous owner...

 

 

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 08:38 PM

Previous owner probably couldn't read the sticker with the key on it so grabbed one off the internet... happens all the time.

 

I'm no validation 'expert', but what one would say... "the key is fake"


Edited by TsVk!, 17 November 2013 - 08:41 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 08:49 PM

TsVk!

Thanks for the reply.

The previous owner bought the laptop new, and it had all the Toshiba software, as well as the Recovery partition.

Have no clue as to why in creation she would have someone install an OS again, and then provide that key, which I gather is
bound to result in "...copy of Windows 7 is not genuine".

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:00 PM

I did the exact same stupidity some years ago, too. Didn't even get anyone else to help me stuff it up..... ha ha...



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:21 PM

I went to the eBay Resolution Center, and await its final decision. All I got so far from the seller was a bogus solution using that product key.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:24 PM

You probably could also complain to eBay. I've never had to place a complaint with eBay but it might be worth looking into

--- That's lousy service; purposely providing a made up product key

 

Sorry I didn't see your prior post; it seems you already contacted eBays Resolution Center


Edited by cmptrgy, 17 November 2013 - 09:27 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:32 PM

OEM system specific recovery discs should work though... but will require a complete reformat of the machine. Pain in the donkey.



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:46 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Will see what eBay says. If they rule in the seller's favor, their Resolution Center is worthless.

Getting a Recovery disk from Toshiba tor the laptop.

Could never be comfortable using anything else.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:50 PM

It's good to see someone taking the high ground, in this world of ruthless, cutthroat, corporate villains.






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