I don't know if this is going to be more of a rant. I am about to just buy another half grand copy being sick of dealing with the inept windows "Technicians".
I was trying to bios trouble shoot another machine with a bad motherboard and I installed an old win 7 hdd that was mirrored to my ssd then put back into my main machine. I didn't occur to me that the old hdd would connect to windows servers for updates. It conflicted being on the unfamiliar machine and must have triggered MS's servers. Few days later when I booted up the main machine to do some work, in a few minutes I receive a window saying my windows has magically become pirated.
I called ms support so many times and talked to every Philippine and Indian "technician" explaining what had happened they don't know what to say and resort to doing the same searches I would on their computers - I could hear them typing their queries and then their scripted questions. To the Philippine women, I had to explain in childrens' terminology basics of a motherboard and difference between an ssd and hdd - even what mirroring was. It was amazing that ms has these people handling for support. There was no support in existence in the U.S.. From each support "tech" all I got was big "DUH" and some were ever so readyr to say that it wasn't genuine. Only problem with that is I've had the genuine retail copy for years with full updates and all.
Has anyone had this experience with their windows and found answers. They even gave me the "go to the forums"....unbelievable.