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Different COA from campus store? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:06 AM

Answers

  • "Newman884" wrote in message news:459f0aa9-0c5a-46ca-816a-4ed1ff5b3805...
    "Newman884" wrote in message news:27ac56af-47ff-40d3-8148-550678c1e04c ...
    "Newman884" wrote in message news:545bd609-05eb-41e6-b469-31230131df37 ...

    I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks


    It looks good to me.
    Note that all stuff from the Campus store is marked with a large sticker stating 'NOT FOR RESALE' - technically your purchase is illegal (or say rather that the vendor was in breach of his contract with MS).
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Thanks for the reply. Where is the sticker usually at? It could have been on the plastic wrap, but I found the wrap and I don't see any place where a sticker used to be. I might try to contact the seller again. Would I be doing something illegal by using the software?

    Believe me - those stickers are impossible to get off cleanly (I've tried!). It was (last time I saw one a few years ago) a 2" diameter round white sticker, so was VERY visible.
    Either your source is being 'economical with the truth', or they re-wrapped the box.
    Neither of which bodes well for the provenance.
    You could install the OS on a machine (do NOT activate it! - turn off automatic activation when doing the install) an the run the MGADiag tool, and post the results here - we can soon tell if it's one of the standard fakes, and Darin can tell if the key has ever been used before.

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    I contacted the seller and was told that he was given a list of products to choose from as a gift for participating in a Microsoft research. He seemed to know about the "not for resale" products and stated that this was not one of them.

    That's entirely possible.
    As I said in an earlier response - (OK - I'll amplify  a bit!)
    1) you can phone the Activation line, and try and ask then if your Key is legit - they may tell you to go jump, or they may actually give you a response <g>
    2) You can install (but NOT activate) the OS on any computer you like, and see what the MGADiag report tells us. If it's OK, then you can install it on your target computer without any problem (unless it's later declared stolen, or whatever)
     
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Monday, February 28, 2011 10:27 PM
    Moderator
  • From the information provided, my feeling is that it's likely that the software is Genuine, but follow Noel's suggestion to confirm.

    Thanks,

    Darin MS
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 8:54 PM

All replies

  • "Newman884" wrote in message news:545bd609-05eb-41e6-b469-31230131df37...

    I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks


    It looks good to me.
    Note that all stuff from the Campus store is marked with a large sticker stating 'NOT FOR RESALE' - technically your purchase is illegal (or say rather that the vendor was in breach of his contract with MS).
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Sunday, February 27, 2011 9:03 AM
    Moderator
  • "Newman884" wrote in message news:545bd609-05eb-41e6-b469-31230131df37...

    I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks


    It looks good to me.
    Note that all stuff from the Campus store is marked with a large sticker stating 'NOT FOR RESALE' - technically your purchase is illegal (or say rather that the vendor was in breach of his contract with MS).
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Thanks for the reply. Where is the sticker usually at? It could have been on the plastic wrap, but I found the wrap and I don't see any place where a sticker used to be. I might try to contact the seller again. Would I be doing something illegal by using the software?
    Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:29 AM
  • "Newman884" wrote in message news:27ac56af-47ff-40d3-8148-550678c1e04c...
    "Newman884" wrote in message news:545bd609-05eb-41e6-b469-31230131df37...

    I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks


    It looks good to me.
    Note that all stuff from the Campus store is marked with a large sticker stating 'NOT FOR RESALE' - technically your purchase is illegal (or say rather that the vendor was in breach of his contract with MS).
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Thanks for the reply. Where is the sticker usually at? It could have been on the plastic wrap, but I found the wrap and I don't see any place where a sticker used to be. I might try to contact the seller again. Would I be doing something illegal by using the software?

    Believe me - those stickers are impossible to get off cleanly (I've tried!). It was (last time I saw one a few years ago) a 2" diameter round white sticker, so was VERY visible.
    Either your source is being 'economical with the truth', or they re-wrapped the box.
    Neither of which bodes well for the provenance.
    You could install the OS on a machine (do NOT activate it! - turn off automatic activation when doing the install) an the run the MGADiag tool, and post the results here - we can soon tell if it's one of the standard fakes, and Darin can tell if the key has ever been used before.

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Sunday, February 27, 2011 11:06 AM
    Moderator
  • "Newman884" wrote in message news:27ac56af-47ff-40d3-8148-550678c1e04c ...
    "Newman884" wrote in message news:545bd609-05eb-41e6-b469-31230131df37 ...

    I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks


    It looks good to me.
    Note that all stuff from the Campus store is marked with a large sticker stating 'NOT FOR RESALE' - technically your purchase is illegal (or say rather that the vendor was in breach of his contract with MS).
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Thanks for the reply. Where is the sticker usually at? It could have been on the plastic wrap, but I found the wrap and I don't see any place where a sticker used to be. I might try to contact the seller again. Would I be doing something illegal by using the software?

    Believe me - those stickers are impossible to get off cleanly (I've tried!). It was (last time I saw one a few years ago) a 2" diameter round white sticker, so was VERY visible.
    Either your source is being 'economical with the truth', or they re-wrapped the box.
    Neither of which bodes well for the provenance.
    You could install the OS on a machine (do NOT activate it! - turn off automatic activation when doing the install) an the run the MGADiag tool, and post the results here - we can soon tell if it's one of the standard fakes, and Darin can tell if the key has ever been used before.

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    I contacted the seller and was told that he was given a list of products to choose from as a gift for participating in a Microsoft research. He seemed to know about the "not for resale" products and stated that this was not one of them.
    Monday, February 28, 2011 9:23 AM
  • "Newman884" wrote in message news:459f0aa9-0c5a-46ca-816a-4ed1ff5b3805...
    "Newman884" wrote in message news:27ac56af-47ff-40d3-8148-550678c1e04c ...
    "Newman884" wrote in message news:545bd609-05eb-41e6-b469-31230131df37 ...

    I bought a Windows 7 Professional from someone who said they got it from the Microsoft campus store in Redmond, WA. The COA and the product key label are almost, but not exactly, the same as on the How to Tell webpage. There is no SKU on the COA. Also, the How to Tell webpage states about the product key label: "The words "Proof of License" appear on the label," but those words don't appear on my label. On the other hand, the software had a security tag inside the plastic box and the label on the DVD is embedded. I don't see a fake having a security tag of course, but I wanted to make 100% sure of all of this.

    I uploaded pictures of both, althought I cut out parts of the product key label (the key, the barcode, and a small number at the bottom right). Here is the link:
    http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n485/newman884/win7pro.jpg

    Thanks


    It looks good to me.
    Note that all stuff from the Campus store is marked with a large sticker stating 'NOT FOR RESALE' - technically your purchase is illegal (or say rather that the vendor was in breach of his contract with MS).
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Thanks for the reply. Where is the sticker usually at? It could have been on the plastic wrap, but I found the wrap and I don't see any place where a sticker used to be. I might try to contact the seller again. Would I be doing something illegal by using the software?

    Believe me - those stickers are impossible to get off cleanly (I've tried!). It was (last time I saw one a few years ago) a 2" diameter round white sticker, so was VERY visible.
    Either your source is being 'economical with the truth', or they re-wrapped the box.
    Neither of which bodes well for the provenance.
    You could install the OS on a machine (do NOT activate it! - turn off automatic activation when doing the install) an the run the MGADiag tool, and post the results here - we can soon tell if it's one of the standard fakes, and Darin can tell if the key has ever been used before.

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    I contacted the seller and was told that he was given a list of products to choose from as a gift for participating in a Microsoft research. He seemed to know about the "not for resale" products and stated that this was not one of them.

    That's entirely possible.
    As I said in an earlier response - (OK - I'll amplify  a bit!)
    1) you can phone the Activation line, and try and ask then if your Key is legit - they may tell you to go jump, or they may actually give you a response <g>
    2) You can install (but NOT activate) the OS on any computer you like, and see what the MGADiag report tells us. If it's OK, then you can install it on your target computer without any problem (unless it's later declared stolen, or whatever)
     
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Monday, February 28, 2011 10:27 PM
    Moderator
  • From the information provided, my feeling is that it's likely that the software is Genuine, but follow Noel's suggestion to confirm.

    Thanks,

    Darin MS
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 8:54 PM
  • Here is the report:

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->

    Validation Code: 0
    Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
    Windows Product Key Hash: 71BRYMECVaSXedfumfu8zryHJVY=
    Windows Product ID: 00371-177-0000061-85734
    Windows Product ID Type: 5
    Windows License Type: Retail
    Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010100.0.0.048
    ID: {453626EB-AD9E-42C9-9CD2-8E120EDBCF5A}(1)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
    Architecture: 0x00000009
    Build lab: 7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255
    TTS Error:
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    Vista WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    Windows XP Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 109 N/A
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings:
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wat\watadminsvc.exe[Hr = 0x80070003]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wat\npwatweb.dll[Hr = 0x80070003]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wat\watux.exe[Hr = 0x80070003]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wat\watweb.dll[Hr = 0x80070003]

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{453626EB-AD9E-42C9-9CD2-8E120EDBCF5A}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7600.2.00010100.0.0.048</OS><Architecture>x64</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-PW487</PKey><PID>00371-177-0000061-85734</PID><PIDType>5</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-2948717060-2372852178-3935064358</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.</Manufacturer><Model>X58A-UD3R</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Award Software International, Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>FB</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20100824000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>4FB93607018400FE</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Central Standard Time(GMT-06:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

    Licensing Data-->
    Software licensing service version: 6.1.7600.16385

    Name: Windows(R) 7, Professional edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, RETAIL channel
    Activation ID: e838d943-63ed-4a0b-9fb1-47152908acc9
    Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
    Extended PID: 00371-00170-177-000006-00-1033-7600.0000-0762011
    Installation ID: 006754080301640066334160800195564172254841003981804326
    Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88338
    Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88339
    Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88341
    Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88340
    Partial Product Key: PW487
    License Status: Initial grace period
    Time remaining: 43200 minute(s) (30 day(s))
    Remaining Windows rearm count: 3
    Trusted time: 3/16/2011 7:52:17 AM

    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    HrOffline: 0x00000000
    HrOnline: N/A
    HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
    Event Time Stamp: N/A
    ActiveX: Not Registered - 0x80040154
    Admin Service: Not Registered - 0x80040154
    HealthStatus Bitmask Output:


    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: OgAAAAEACQABAAEAAAACAAAAAAABAAEAonbMLwz75L+ENGoDCIXCj3yHlIoMNUa88o+YIpC0kOHqgg==

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no SLIC table
    Windows marker version: N/A
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
    BIOS Information:
      ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
      APIC   GBT     GBTUACPI
      FACP   GBT     GBTUACPI
      HPET   GBT     GBTUACPI
      MCFG   GBT     GBTUACPI
      EUDS   GBT     
      MATS   GBT     
      TAMG   GBT     GBT   B0
      SSDT   INTEL  PPM RCM

     

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:26 PM
  • You are still in the grace period and it looks like you just need to activate.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:36 PM
    Answerer