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  • I recently had my computer fixed by a so-called professional and he removed Windows XP due to a major virus issue.  He installed Windows Vista and my computer worked correctly for about 5 days.  Now everytime I turn it on it says I DO NOT have a valid copy of Windows???  I tried entering a product key and it says I need a new one?  Major issue here.  He had my comp for "6" damn days and charged my $100 bucks....very angry and feel ripped off please help.

     

    Friday, April 1, 2011 11:33 PM

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  • "BostonFan241" wrote in message news:c9a39e1e-bc8f-44df-99a0-9af39a8cdd14...

    I recently had my computer fixed by a so-called professional and he removed Windows XP due to a major virus issue.  He installed Windows Vista and my computer worked correctly for about 5 days.  Now everytime I turn it on it says I DO NOT have a valid copy of Windows???  I tried entering a product key and it says I need a new one?  Major issue here.  He had my comp for "6" damn days and charged my $100 bucks....very angry and feel ripped off please help.

     


    1) the license alone for Vista is more than $100
    2) The techie should have reinstalled the licensed operating system - not a spurious and probably illegal 'upgrade' - most XP PC's are not really capable of running Vista without hardware upgrades.
    3) Your first port of call should be to demand that your techie does the job properly. You could always threaten him with a visit from the FBI (they are the enforcers for software copyright infringement in the US)
     
    Failing that, the best thing you could do would be to acquire a set of Recovery disks for your PC from the manufacturer, and use those to reformat/reinstall the original operating system.
     
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Saturday, April 2, 2011 6:38 AM
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  • "BostonFan241" wrote in message news:c9a39e1e-bc8f-44df-99a0-9af39a8cdd14...

    I recently had my computer fixed by a so-called professional and he removed Windows XP due to a major virus issue.  He installed Windows Vista and my computer worked correctly for about 5 days.  Now everytime I turn it on it says I DO NOT have a valid copy of Windows???  I tried entering a product key and it says I need a new one?  Major issue here.  He had my comp for "6" damn days and charged my $100 bucks....very angry and feel ripped off please help.

     


    1) the license alone for Vista is more than $100
    2) The techie should have reinstalled the licensed operating system - not a spurious and probably illegal 'upgrade' - most XP PC's are not really capable of running Vista without hardware upgrades.
    3) Your first port of call should be to demand that your techie does the job properly. You could always threaten him with a visit from the FBI (they are the enforcers for software copyright infringement in the US)
     
    Failing that, the best thing you could do would be to acquire a set of Recovery disks for your PC from the manufacturer, and use those to reformat/reinstall the original operating system.
     
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Saturday, April 2, 2011 6:38 AM
    Moderator
  • Purchase a genuine copy of Windows 7 and perform a "clean install".  Example: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

    For installation guidance, please see: Installing and reinstalling Windows 7


    Carey Frisch
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 2:55 PM
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