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#1 ElfBane

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 09:32 AM

Do any of BCs commonly recommended troubleshooting tools (Speccy, Mini-toolbox, etc.) notify you whether the Windows OS on the PC being examined is Genuine and/or Activated? If so, which one(s)? Thank you!



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 10:02 PM

They may show installation dates is all. When a client publishes a Speccy report that information is automatically stripped away for security. That is why it is so commonly used in troubleshooting purposes on BC. However, Speccy will show activation keys as well as another nice program Belarc Adviser will show any keys it finds for other programs. This information is for the user only. To specifically determine if the machine is Genuine or Activated, simply press the windows key + pause/break. It states it there with a logo and the product ID hash.


Edited by technonymous, 24 September 2014 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 12:31 PM

Thank you for the reply.

 

The reason I asked is because sometimes threads go on for numerous posts and several days and it is discovered (or accidentally revealed by the OP) that the OS of the machine in question is pirated. If this knowledge were available to the troubleshooters it would save time and effort. I think that the Genuineness of the OS is not personal information, being as piracy affects us all, and it would be useful knowing this so the troubleshooting service could be terminated.






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