Both shops shouldn't have computers with illegal software.
Both shops are usually reputable and wouldn't sell illegal software
Notify management, or notify their headquarters.
Before purchasing from either shop, they should make the OS legitimate for you.
If not, contact the manufacturer's and ask them why those shops are selling their product with illegal software.
Regardless, DO NOT purchase a system that says it's illegal.
Best case is that you'll have to have someone figure out how to fix it for you.
Most likely is that you'll have to get recovery media from the manufacturer in order to restore a legitimate copy of Windows
Worst case is that you'll have to provide up to $200 (US) to purchase a legitimate copy of Windows
Just a thought - if it says it's not activated, simply insist upon activation prior to purchase
Activation is a bit different from counterfeit or illegal software
At work we check every system (that we work on) for activation as a part of the repair process
If not activated (happens rarely), we activate it. If unable to activate it, we break the news to the customer and make suggestions on how to get activated.
The problem here is that, once you purchase it, the legal agreement regarding the OS is between Microsoft/the OEM and you.
Part of the agreement states that OEM's will provide support for Windows (not Microsoft) if they sell you a computer with an OEM copy of Windows on it.
If you purchase a retail copy of Windows, then the support burden falls on them.
BUT what they provide as support is very simple.
For most OEM's, their idea of support (for Windows) is to reinstall using their recovery media.
This wipes out everything on the computer and sets it back to factory specs.
If that fails, then they look into hardware diagnostics/repairs.
Edited by usasma, 26 January 2016 - 06:06 AM.