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    Hello, 

    I purchased a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate cheaply on a auction site against my better judgement and so far it turns out it was a bad idea. I was sent what seems to be a sealed copy of windows 7 Ultimate, but... it is the English ROW(Rest of World) version.

    First off, if this is not a counterfeit, from what I have read so far though it probably is... Will I be able to use this version in the US without Microsoft bringing down its almighty ban-hammer on my COA? And is this version any different than if I had purchased the official US English version from a reputable seller?

    Lastly, is there any way to tell if this is a legitemate copy without installing the OS and running MGADT, or even better not opening the package at all?

    Sorry, I know there are other posts out there with similar topics, not they did not directly answer these question.

    Thank You.

     

    UPDATE: I just watched the video that others have linked on similar questions on this forum(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs) and my package says Made in the USA which it is not supposed to, not Made in Puerto Rico which I guess it is supposed to say.





    Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:27 AM

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  • Your question has been asked here many times.  There is no electronic way to tell if the package is fake without installing the software.  If you don't trust it return it.  From your description it sonds very much like a fake and I advise you to quit worrying about it and just get rid of it.  Purchase from the Microsoft Store or Amazon Corp.  Since you have been reading the threads here you understand why and what sellers to avoid.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:38 AM
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  • "TheChief73" wrote in message news:e77de352-3162-4d7c-b545-c62f5de3331f...

     

    Hello, 

    I purchased a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate cheaply on a auction site against my better judgement and so far it turns out it was a bad idea. I was sent what seems to be a sealed copy of windows 7 Ultimate, but... it is the English ROW(Rest of World) version.

    First off, if this is not a counterfeit, from what I have read so far though it probably is... Will I be able to use this version in the US without Microsoft bringing down its almighty ban-hammer on my COA? And is this version any different than if I had purchased the official US English version from a reputable seller?

    Lastly, is there any way to tell if this is a legitemate copy without installing the OS and running MGADT, or even better not opening the package at all?

    Sorry, I know there are other posts out there with similar topics, not they did not directly answer these question.

    Thank You.

     

    UPDATE: I just watched the video that others have linked on similar questions on this forum(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs) and my package says Made in the USA which it is not supposed to, not Made in Puerto Rico which I guess it is supposed to say.





    To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
    Once saved, run the tool.
    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
    To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.

     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:51 AM
    Moderator
  • Your question has been asked here many times.  There is no electronic way to tell if the package is fake without installing the software.  If you don't trust it return it.  From your description it sonds very much like a fake and I advise you to quit worrying about it and just get rid of it.  Purchase from the Microsoft Store or Amazon Corp.  Since you have been reading the threads here you understand why and what sellers to avoid.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:38 AM
    Answerer
  • Ok, thank you.

     

    If it turns out to be OK does it matter or make any difference if it is the ROW version?

    Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:23 PM
  • No.  But then it doesn't matter what the labels say.   The only reliable way to ensure your getting genuine software is to be very careful where you purchase the software.  The internet is flooded with counterfeit copies of Windows 7 made in China.  The counterfeiters will put whatever works on the labels and boxes.  They made a mistake putting made in USA but only if you know the difference and most people don't.

    ROW (rest of the world) is a distribution term, not software, so it makes no difference.  I have seen reports of counterfeit copies with the ROW designation.  The counterfeiters have manufactured product for different regions.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:10 PM
    Answerer
  • Sorry to keep pushing this thread, but it is hard to find 100% definite answers on this matter as some argue with others determination methods.

     

    I just want to make sure that there is no such thing as a "Made in USA" copy of Windows 7 Ultimate: ROW or any version of Windows 7 for that matter.

     

    And please take a look at this photo. My box looks EXACTLY like the fist one in this picture.

    http://s.lowyat.net/uploads//attach-83/post-421483-1282925602.jpg

    As well as this one.

    http://s.lowyat.net/uploads//attach-83/post-421483-1303740039.jpg

     

    Thank You. Your help is much appreciated. 

    Friday, July 15, 2011 9:48 PM
  • "TheChief73" wrote in message news:655faee3-5dbb-4498-aafe-3ba0339945c4...

    Sorry to keep pushing this thread, but it is hard to find 100% definite answers on this matter as some argue with others determination methods.

     

     

    Thank You. Your help is much appreciated. 


     
    What is your problem?
    Without an MGADiag report we cannot comment on the technical probability of your installation being genuine or not - we cannot se either the packaging, or the disks involved.
    If you want a definitive response PROVIDE THE REQUIRED DATA - an MGADiag report.
     
    Perhaps I should just cut to the chase, and provide the standard response for the most common type of non-genuine system we see here?
     
    <quote>
    Your Key is from a not-for-resale MSDN account. You need to claim an immediate refund from the vendor - do NOT accept the offer of a new key.(all they are trying to do is to get past the 45-day claims window. or avoid you sending the evidence of their crimes to the authorities)
     
    Please read the following stickies.... .......
     
    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/a2444f34-0aff-4f29-a8ac-67e28b0c0285
     
    and
     
    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/06698c46-8668-4ccd-a544-a88969265a6b
     
    The pirates have got VERY good at this over the past few years, as the price of equipment for manufacturing the packages drops, and as factories open in less well-policed countries.
     
    see also this post....
     
    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/46a58748-5a64-41ff-b7f4-f6d3b47beca9
     
     
    Also - have a look at this video....
     
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs
     
    </quote>
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Friday, July 15, 2011 10:30 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank You Noel,

     

    Your answer is a bit terse if not a little condescending, I am just asking for help, that is all. But I will get the MGADT report soon for expert review. This seems to be the best line of action.

    PS - I linked to the last video you listed(youtube) in my first posting


    Friday, July 15, 2011 11:42 PM
  • You may be under a misimpression.  Neither Noel nor I are associated with MS.  We are just users like you.  This is an all-volunteer user to user forum hosted on Microsoft servers for the convenience of the public.  It is certainly not Microsoft and no one here can speak officialy on any aspect of Windows.  If you are looking for legally binding opinions you need to counsult the Microsoft Office in your region.  Otherwise, just provide the info we need to form an unofficial opinion and help us help you.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, July 16, 2011 5:08 PM
    Answerer
  • OK, so I have opened the software and it is a fake, no doubt. The holograms are stickers.

    Thanks.


    Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:52 PM