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would like to know how to determine if a purchased microsoft windows 7 is genuine RRS feed

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  • Hi would like help or information on how to determine if a copy of windows 7 ultimate retail is genuine..was a sealed copy I purchased from ebay I have opened and  downloaded to a scrubbed computer , this ran fine for  approx 36 hours and computer crashed I have not activated the Code though ????I have not been able to reboot or do anything since..??I would like to find out if this is genuine and I may be able to get a refund..
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:18 PM

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  • You cannot tell for sure unless the computer is running and you can run the report listed in announcement 1 above.

    The chances are that you have purchased a counterfeit copy if you bought it off of eBay for a significant discount.  You may be able to tell by looking at this video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs

    The majority of Windows 7 offered on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, and other discount websites are counterfeit.  They are very authenic looking and sealed but were manufactured in China and contain fraudulently obtained MSDN product keys that are blocked by Microsoft once the abuse is detected.

    Purchase licensed software like Windows, Office, Create Studio, etc. from the manufacturers or a very respected company like Amazon Corp.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:58 PM
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  • You cannot tell for sure unless the computer is running and you can run the report listed in announcement 1 above.

    The chances are that you have purchased a counterfeit copy if you bought it off of eBay for a significant discount.  You may be able to tell by looking at this video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs

    The majority of Windows 7 offered on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, and other discount websites are counterfeit.  They are very authenic looking and sealed but were manufactured in China and contain fraudulently obtained MSDN product keys that are blocked by Microsoft once the abuse is detected.

    Purchase licensed software like Windows, Office, Create Studio, etc. from the manufacturers or a very respected company like Amazon Corp.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:58 PM
    Answerer
  • Your chances of getting genuine windows on ebay are very slim. Most are counterfeit.

     

    For more information see this:

     http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/a2444f34-0aff-4f29-a8ac-67e28b0c0285

    To see how good these counterfeits are becoming, see:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:07 PM
    Answerer