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  • Here is a web site that I came across that sells product codes cheap. http://windows7key.com Is this legal codes that they are selling?   I have friends who got a computer from a guy who apparently bought Windows 7 home Premium keys from this site it worked for about 5 months and now they are having validation issues.  When this started to happen Microsoft support was contacted and they said that the product code was an MSDN subscription that was sold.  So what to do when they sellers are not in the US?
    Friday, April 15, 2011 10:55 PM

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  • Based on the fact they are selling Windows 7 Ultimate key for $25 and "NEW WINDOWS 7 ENTERPRISE KEY (can activate 500PC)" for $90... I would be extremely suspicious.

    Since I am WGA Support, not the Anti-Piracy Dept, I can't officially say if that site is Legit or not but there are some Community Contributes, that post to this forum allot, that should be more then happy to explain just how unlikely it is that the site is legit.

     

    I would recommend reporting the site for possible piracy at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/

     

    Thank you,


    Darin MS
    Friday, April 15, 2011 11:16 PM
  • Doesn't even begin to pass the smell test. Windows ultimate retails for approx $319 and they are offering keys for $29.95. What do you think?

    Windows is not sold as a key only. A legitimate windows is always sold with media and a key.

    This site has been around for a while so must be in a country where law enforcement is lax or non-existent.

    Your odds of keeping your money is much better at a casino.

    Always purchase windows from a legitimate retailer. There are no big discounts on windows

    Their keys are not for resale MSDN keys which will eventually get blocked for abuse

    Friday, April 15, 2011 11:32 PM
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  • Based on the fact they are selling Windows 7 Ultimate key for $25 and "NEW WINDOWS 7 ENTERPRISE KEY (can activate 500PC)" for $90... I would be extremely suspicious.

    Since I am WGA Support, not the Anti-Piracy Dept, I can't officially say if that site is Legit or not but there are some Community Contributes, that post to this forum allot, that should be more then happy to explain just how unlikely it is that the site is legit.

     

    I would recommend reporting the site for possible piracy at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/

     

    Thank you,


    Darin MS
    Friday, April 15, 2011 11:16 PM
  • Doesn't even begin to pass the smell test. Windows ultimate retails for approx $319 and they are offering keys for $29.95. What do you think?

    Windows is not sold as a key only. A legitimate windows is always sold with media and a key.

    This site has been around for a while so must be in a country where law enforcement is lax or non-existent.

    Your odds of keeping your money is much better at a casino.

    Always purchase windows from a legitimate retailer. There are no big discounts on windows

    Their keys are not for resale MSDN keys which will eventually get blocked for abuse

    Friday, April 15, 2011 11:32 PM
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  • I am familiar with windows7key.com.  It is a piracy site selling MSDN product keys harvested from MSDN subscriptions probably obtained by means of credit card fraud.  Report the site by email to piracy@microsoft.com.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:10 AM
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  • Thanks for the replies.  When i looked to see where the site was from it looked to be out of the Netherlands.  So probably no luck in getting any thing out of them.

     

    Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:19 AM
  • You don't think the EU polices fraud and theft of intellectual property?
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:24 AM
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  • I sure they do, but it would probably be easier to just buy a new legit key.  Will i have to reinstall windows?

    Paul J. Martin
    Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:42 AM
  • You can't legitimately buy just a key.  You buy a new full license copy of windows and use the key that comes with that.  If you buy the same edition as is now installed all you need to do is change the key on the System Properties page.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:52 AM
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