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Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:17 AM
Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:30 AM
If this is a retail version and not OEM you should be able to download an iso file by inputting your key at the below page.
If the page accepts your key then you have a genuine Windows 7 key but it still does not tell you if it has been in use. You can call Microsoft Support but according to the below page they may not know until you try to activate.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:47 AM
Thanks John. Yes, it is definitely full retail. And I've just put the key into the page and it accepted it with no issues. So that's a good start....
I guess it's time to call MS next and see what happens. If they can't tell me whether it is in use or not, I'll just have to pull my finger out and get it installed ASAP!
So just to clarify, now that the key has been accepted, if I am able to activate it once I have it installed, can I then rest easy that what I have is 100% genuine and 100% "available" (not in use)? Or could something came back to bite me further down the road?
I do feel I'm probably being overly paranoid. It certainly looks legit and the seller had none of the hallmarks of a dodgy geezer. He was a nice guy in fact, and very helpful. But I'm overly cautious by nature and have read so many stories about fakes that I just want to be totally sure.
Many thanks for the help
Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:58 AM
If the OS activates after install then you are good to go. Nothing will happen down the road. Ebay will usually refund the money if you get a bad key. If the seller had a high rating then I don't think you have to worry.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 10:43 AM
Nothing will happen down the road.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 11:04 AM
Was the disk in a sealed package? I am not sure how transfers work if the OS was on the sellers computer. A retail key allows a transfer between computers after a call to Microsoft. I doubt you would have this kind of problem with a Ebay seller with a high rating.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 12:53 PM
No, it was not a sealed package. I just have his word that it was uninstalled. he confirmed this when I asked, but the original listing also stated: "The software has been removed from the computer that it was previously installed on."
If I had to guess one way or another, I'd say all is fine and I have nothing to worry about. But I do have a propensity to worry and fear the worse! And that's why I'm here I guess; for the final bit of assurity.
Thanks for all the help.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 01:18 PM
Original Microsoft disks have a hologram imprinted on them
Posted 23 January 2018 - 01:30 PM
I've got the SP1 version, which has a much smaller hologram. I have had a look at his page:
What I found:
Posted 23 January 2018 - 03:41 PM
My Pro is gold with a small hologram, I bet it is just fine! So far I have never had an issue with high 90's sellers.
Honesty & Integrity Above All!
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