Counterfit Windows Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Bman, May 7, 2008.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    So it turns out my copy of OEM Windows Vista Ultimate is fake. I sorta knew it was when I first got it, but I never tested it to see. I just installed Vista and basically at the install screen it asks me to choose a manufacturer (so it basically does that Paradox crack). Though it didn't work. So I tried to change the CD Key and Register the key that I got with the disc and says it's invalid, go figure.

    What I am wondering is if there is something I can do. Is there a place I can go to tell/give the Fake CD to Microsoft and they send me a real one? What are my options?
     
  2. madmatt

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  3. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    If I tell them the price I paid for it, which is MUCH less then normal Retail or OEM, will they charge me more money?
     
  4. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Possibly, probably. Well then don't tell them the true amount you paid, up the amount to a cost close to what M$ is charging for it. All this is moot if they want proof of purchase (sales receipt).
     
  5. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    can always use photoshop for that :)
     
  6. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    I didn't hear a thing. :rolleyes:
     
  7. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    I got a fake XP Pro one time. When I tried to get a legit key from MS, I had to buy the Genuine Advantage XP Pro at full price.
     
  8. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    How the hell do you get fake media?

    :eek:

    And can you not get an educational copy? They usually run a lot cheaper than regular retail/OEM don't they?
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    never really thought of this. i'm a student and would love a discount on vista premium 64-bit. any info?
     
  10. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I got one - they're tricky to find but they are out there. Mine cost me about £50 for 32-bit Home Premium but because it's a full retail version (as opposed to OEM) my licence is for both the 32-bit and 64-bit so when the SP1 version of Vista was released I installed the the 64-bit version with SP1 intergrated. You can either download this or just get MS to send you the 64-bit media for a small handling charge.

    If you're a student or otherwise involved in education, this is definitely the best way to go, it's EXACTLY the same as the full retail 'non-educational' version.
     
  11. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

  12. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    from the person above me i expect, everything off the back of a cow :p
     
  13. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    I *think* that in order for Microsoft to provide a significantly reduced-priced copy of Genuine Windows, you have to provide information about the source of your non-Genuine Windows, so that they can go after them legally. So you probably have to testify and go into the MGWPP (Microsoft Genuine Witness Protection Program). j/k the last sentence. :laugh: