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  • I bought a Windows 7 product key on Ebay and  I want to know if it is real or fake. Is there a way to check just the key?
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:38 PM

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  • xXTOUTXx wrote:
    > I bought a Windows 7 product key on Ebay and I want to know if it is real or
    > fake. Is there a way to check just the key?


    Why in the world would you have not asked this question *before* making
    the purchase. Now, all you can do is try to use it. Then, you can
    waste your time asking the seller for a refund and then reporting the
    fraud to eBay.

    A Product Key sold without installation media, unless purchased through
    a Microsoft-Licensed Volume License vendor, is almost certainly
    illegitimate.

    ng
    http://www.microsoft.com/LICENSING/

    Microsoft Volume Licensing - How Volume Licensing Works
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/how-volume-licensing-works.aspx


    One should be very careful buying any software on eBay, as eBay makes
    no prior effort to ensure that such sales are legitimate. The problems
    stem from two different sources, but have the same results: the buyer
    gets ripped off. A great many people don't fully understand the terms
    of the license they own, and don't understand that they cannot
    legitimately resell it, and - worse still - there are a great many
    sellers who do know that they're selling bogus licenses. eBay reacts
    only when someone files a complaint, and then all that really happens,
    especially in the case of the many deliberate fraudsters, is the seller
    of the pirated software returns using a different alias, to continue
    selling illegitimate licenses.



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    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, November 20, 2009 7:52 PM
    Friday, November 20, 2009 5:51 PM

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  • No.  Most of the product keys sold on eBay are counterfeit and/or stolen.  Seek a refund from the seller.
    Carey Frisch
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:37 PM
    Moderator
  • xXTOUTXx wrote:
    > I bought a Windows 7 product key on Ebay and I want to know if it is real or
    > fake. Is there a way to check just the key?


    Why in the world would you have not asked this question *before* making
    the purchase. Now, all you can do is try to use it. Then, you can
    waste your time asking the seller for a refund and then reporting the
    fraud to eBay.

    A Product Key sold without installation media, unless purchased through
    a Microsoft-Licensed Volume License vendor, is almost certainly
    illegitimate.

    ng
    http://www.microsoft.com/LICENSING/

    Microsoft Volume Licensing - How Volume Licensing Works
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/how-volume-licensing-works.aspx


    One should be very careful buying any software on eBay, as eBay makes
    no prior effort to ensure that such sales are legitimate. The problems
    stem from two different sources, but have the same results: the buyer
    gets ripped off. A great many people don't fully understand the terms
    of the license they own, and don't understand that they cannot
    legitimately resell it, and - worse still - there are a great many
    sellers who do know that they're selling bogus licenses. eBay reacts
    only when someone files a complaint, and then all that really happens,
    especially in the case of the many deliberate fraudsters, is the seller
    of the pirated software returns using a different alias, to continue
    selling illegitimate licenses.



    --

    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
    estions.html

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell

    The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, November 20, 2009 7:52 PM
    Friday, November 20, 2009 5:51 PM