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How to check Windows Genuine or Not

Discussion in 'How-To Articles, Tips and Guides' started by win7holic, Aug 13, 2011.

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    For ease, I'd recommend using Internet Explorer:
    Code:
    http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/
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    Umbra Polaris Testing And Review Expert Staff Member

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    what is the point of this ... you know if your windows is genuine or not, you bought it on a trusted reseller, so it is genuine. You downloaded it from a warez site, it is a pirated one, and in that case you know how to make it "genuine" :D
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    Huracan Administrator Staff Member

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    Some unknowingly will get ripped off and left with a non-genuine copy.

    Windows should notify you if your validation fails, through Windows Updates (correct if I'm wrong).
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    Umbra Polaris Testing And Review Expert Staff Member

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    the only way you get fooled is when buying a new PC with it preinstalled.

    Yes and No, when you got a pirated Windows, you got only the important updates; but sometimes an update notify you at the reboot that your copy is fake and it disable your wallpaper and put a permanent notification at the bottom right of your screen. This notifications can be easily overcomed.
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    Some pirated OS also have the WGA file itself to bypass the Windows Genuine so the result its really looks as Genuine. But the truth it isn't.
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    Mine is genuine unless MSDNAA provide pirated copies :D :D
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    Yes in smaller countries third party PC shops can sell pirated Windows 7, In most cases the buyer thinks he/she is purchasing a genuine Windows 7.

    If the user installs this Windows Update it will tell them if their Windows 7 is counterfeit or not.

    Note that this update is optional and does not install automatically unless the user checks it in Windows Update.

    [​IMG]

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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971033
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    Woot mine is genuine.

    I would hope HP would put a valid Windows 7 Home Premium in my new laptop :p.
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    I'm not worried one way or another.
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    Umbra Polaris Testing And Review Expert Staff Member

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    exactly, in emerging countries, buy a genuine Windows is out of questions, it can cost 2-3 months of salary.
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    Meh, I know I'm not running a pirated version right now. But even if I was, as long as it doesn't get detected I don't care.
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    hehehe as 99% of people will say ;)
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    Mine is genuine, :D
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    give me a proof, PM me your serial ! :p

    Thanks :D
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    Rather not, I keep things to myself. :)
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    It says mine is genuine... yeah right...

    eXp
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    I got 2 Genuine Windows 7 for £0.00 and another for £30 (spare license). :p

    Edit: £30, not £70.
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    If you're a student in the US you can probably get it for an incredibly cheap amount if not free. I got mine for 20 dollars and I know others who have gotten theirs for free.
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