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how can you prove that a windows xp is counterfeits

Discussion in 'Software' started by nasir400, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. nasir400

    nasir400 New Member

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    hello

    my friend recently bought a computer from a local computer shop. His xp is most likely copied how can i see if the windows he has installed is coped. i mean counterfeits
     
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  2. nXPLOSi

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    Not sure if there are other ways, but downloading the Windows Genuine tool from Microsoft will let you know if its an illegal copy and advise on how obtain a legal version.
     
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  3. Phoenix
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    in any OEM aggreement there should be a certificate of validity affixed to the PC
    if no OEM aggreement was in place you should of got a copy of windows with a validity certificate with it

    the Genuine advantage tool will tell you if it was a verified license key, but that doesnt mean installing the same corporate copy 100 times with a 5 install license but no required activiation is legit! so you cant use that alone to prove anything

    if the cost of windows was included in the price demand a break down and valid certificate of authenticity, if one is not supplied or no cost for windows was imbedded in the cost, then u can afford to go buy a legit copy :)
     
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    In windows Explorer in the help menu theres a Link saying "Is this copy of Windows Legal"
     
  6. BosonMichael
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    Answer is simple - If you don't physically have the certificate of authenticity with the product key on it, then you don't own that copy of Windows. In that case, it wouldn't matter if it were copied or legal... it's not legal to you if you don't have the certificate with the key on it.
     
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  7. elli5on

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    Well another thing, if you have automatic updates switched on. When updates are downloaded and installed onto your system, usually a check is ran on your EULA number. If fake...''this copy of windows is not genuine'' is usually displayed before log in.
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    Supposedly "Geniune" XP installs can be copies that have been distributed multiple times. The only way you can legally use the software is if you physically hold the COA.
     
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  9. zebulebu

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    Yep - 100% correct. Just because your (ahem) 'friend's copy of Windoze makes it through the Genuine (dis)Advantage checks doesn't necessarily mean its legitimately installed. There are a load of Product keys for various versions of Windows available to anyone who bothers looking that are, basically, stolen volume license agreement copies.

    The situation is even worse for MS for pre-XP editions of WIndows - any old product ley often works on earlier O/Ses, which leads to rampant copyright infringement.

    Product Activation was supposed to be the 'silver bullet' that ended O/S copying, but when it comes to good old fashioned theft, there's pretty much little the MS can do - short of ending volume licensing (which would be a business disaster for them).

    As Michael says above: "If you ain't got the COA, it ain't legit", simple as.
     
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