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#1 Timeking

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 12:34 PM

If Windows 7 is not legitimate, would making it legit require formatting the drive and doing a complete reinstall?  Or do I just buy a key and all is well?  Cost?

 

I have spent many hours looking for this information, which you'd think would be available right on Microsoft's website.  But it isn't.



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Posted 10 August 2015 - 12:52 PM

FWIW:  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/make-illegal-install-of-win7-legal/a587a95b-6ea1-4fa2-a675-94a7227edc06?auth=1

 

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 02:20 PM

OK, so you have to buy Win7 iso or DVD and wipe the drive.  Wiping the drive is a total no go.  What about a W10 route to legality?  Will that still require a wipe or will you be able to simply buy a legal key?



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Posted 10 August 2015 - 02:53 PM

If you get a legit key that is for the same version as your install you should be able to activate using the steps shown here. No need to reformat.

 

There was a kb update for Windows 7 that caused legit installs to be called not legit.

 

Edit: you can also change the product key using the bonus method shown here using slui 3


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 02:56 PM

OK, where do you get a legit key?  OK, I found it.  You have to buy the software and use that key.  Got it.  Thanks


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 03:08 PM

Windows O/S keys...have not been legally sold by anyone...as separate items...since 2005.  Back then, they were freely available as separate items, with many of these being keys/licenses originally issued by Dell.

 

That was then.

 

Since then, licenses and Windows installs are a pair, you cannot legally purchase one without the other.

 

Win 7 is still available at various retailers, even though MS killed the licenses to OEMs (HP, Dell, et alia) almost a year ago.

 

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