Recently purchased counterfeit software, what should I do? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I purchased Windows XP Pro 32-bit OEM/system builders on ebay a week ago. It arrived, I installed it, it failed WGA saying "Microsoft did not issue this CD-key" I immediatly took that as "its counterfeit" and have submitted a claim with paypal to get my money back. (the ebay seller no longer exists). I will likely get my money back.

    What do I do with this counterfeit software? Should I go request one of those validation things? I don't want to spend any cash on it.

    I also purchased a second copy from another seller, I tried changing the cd-key to the one the other seller provided, however It does not accept the CD-key saying its a different version. Should I just do a clean install?
    Sunday, August 9, 2009 3:57 AM


  • Hello nowwhatnapster,

    If you get your refund thru PayPal, destroy the nongenuine materials and throw them out.

    Regarding the second purchase, I would do a clean installation with those materials, too, and then run the mgadiag utility and post the results here so we can check to see if those are genuine or nongenuine.

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    Monday, August 10, 2009 2:10 AM