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eagle eye 156 Feb 01, 2013 03:46 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hello, I have a typed copy of a supposedly legitimate Windows 7 Ultimate key that I found the other day that might come in use to me as I am planning on reformatting my drive that Windows 7 Ultimate resides on. Short of reformatting and being left with a trial version, is there any way I can find of if it will actually work?

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TetraSky Feb 01, 2013 03:55 PM Reply | Bookmark
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It's simple, buy it instead of using an illegal copy.

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486 Feb 01, 2013 03:58 PM Reply | Bookmark
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install in a vm.

/shrug

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SixDs Feb 01, 2013 11:45 PM Reply | Bookmark
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create  a disk image of the current install, then you can safely restore it from the image if your new key doesn't work. I would also suggest that you identify the current key that you are using as a failsafe.

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Kolby_G Feb 02, 2013 01:08 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Use a VM. Install windows and enter the key, then you'll know.

Oracle VirtualBox is a good one for free.

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Zer0 Feb 02, 2013 08:11 AM Reply | Bookmark
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VMWare Player is another.

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eagle eye 156 Feb 02, 2013 11:03 PM Reply | Bookmark
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How would I go about creating a disk image of my current install? Also, is there a specific process that I would use to restore the image?

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eagle eye 156 Feb 02, 2013 11:05 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Ok, I am new to this whole "VM" thing. What is it exactly? Do I just install it to say a usb drive and then once windows is fully installed, then just run the program to see if the key is in fact legitimate?

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bit_NINj4 Feb 03, 2013 10:43 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've worked with MS doing audits. They only care about the sticker. The only rule they go by is 'he who holds the sticker is the sole recipient of the license'.

Just an FYI, though it doesn't apply, I just wanted to add their view on licensing.

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GreyingDawn Feb 04, 2013 06:47 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Couldn't he just go into system properties, scroll down to Windows activation and click the Change product key link? Or if it's an illegitimate key would it mark his install?

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Zer0 Feb 04, 2013 07:35 AM Reply | Bookmark
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VM = Virtual Machine

You can run pretty much any OS within a window. Here's an example, I'm running Ubuntu in Win7.

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