- 05-29-2010 07:18 AM #1
Message from Microsoft,Windws 7 not valid
DonnaB advised me to post this problem for some advice.
My daughter bought a second hand laptop from what we thought was a reputable second hand shop.
Its an HP Laptop with Windows 7,she didnt get any discs with it and it cost her£250 2 and a half months ago.
3 days ago Microsoft have began telling her that Windows 7 is not valid.i ran a Malwarebytes/Antimalware scan,it said there was 72 items needing fixed, i deleted them and thats ok now but Microsoft still say its not valid and it need a valid key,which we dont have.
The shop is quite far away from us so my husband phoned and the guys answermachine says he is closed until 4th June would it take this long for Microsoft to tell her that Windows7 is not valid or has she been conned.
Any advice would be appreciated.
- 05-29-2010 12:39 PM #2
What is the full error or message you are seeing as displayed on screen?
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- 05-29-2010 12:44 PM #3
Il just go get her laptop and check
- 05-29-2010 12:53 PM #4
It says in the very bottom right hand corner
This copy of windows is not genuine
There is normally a window pops up as well,but its not doing it at the moment
- 05-29-2010 01:01 PM #5
The window came up it says
Windows is not genuine
your computer may be running a counterfeit copy of Windows
get genuine now
ask me later
0xc004f200 this is numbers at the very bottom
- 05-29-2010 01:23 PM #6
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When win7 did an update, it probably did a check on her key. I know on other versions (XP & Vista) there were false readings and the solution was to contact Microsoft who would correct the problem (or confirm it being a pirated copy). I would suggest waiting for the shop to open and give them an opportunity to correct the problem. If they were a reputable company, they should have installed at least an OEM version of 7. If you do not get satisfaction, contact Microsoft and report them. You will then probably have to purchase a new copy of 7 (MS may allow you to purchase at the upgrade price as opposed to the full retail price). Good luck, keep us posted.
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- 05-29-2010 01:41 PM #7
If they were a reputable company, they should have installed at least an OEM version of 7.
- 05-29-2010 02:34 PM #8
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An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, manufactures products or components that are purchased by a company and retailed under the purchasing company's name ...for example HP buys a MS Win7 License and sells it to you as an HP computer ( WIN7 is sold to HP and not directly to you)
OEM refers to the company that originally manufactured the product.
In your case the store where you purchased it is the OEM that should have paid MS for the WIN7 OEM License or validated it from HP if they did the install or made any repairs...They are normally MS certified and responsible for repairs/licenses etc
There is nothing wrong with OEM...but you need to purchase a product first...then you get the license from the OEM...making it specific to the OEM manufacturer not to an individual end-user
It is a cheap way to get Win7 as part of the HP package...but restricts the license as well to the specific OEM
You can buy computers more cheaply as an OEM...a single license for Win7 costs more than via an OEM purchase that may come with many other additional OEM components and software already included
At times some prefer to buy a single license if they have a new model computer and simple want to upgrade...but that is the exception in most cases
Like trying to buy a car part by part...much cheaper to purchase the car already assembled
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- 05-29-2010 03:48 PM #9
I dont really know anything about the cost of computers,but i thought if she paid 250 pounds for a second hand computer,it should at least have a valid licence.She is a student and is worried she will now have to pay what Microsoft are asking (168 pounds) Sounds like a rip off to me.For 418 pounds she could nearly buy a new computer! Or am i way off with my ideas of prices?
- 05-29-2010 04:11 PM #10
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There are occasions when genuine copies of Windows show as 'not legal'. To be absolutely sure, go here and click on Validate on left side of page. Agree to the download and click on Run (not Save). Once completed, click on the Continue button at the base of the page.
If it fails, under British consumer protection laws, your retailer has broken the law by selling you pirated software. Your first call should be to the retailer telling him you'll be contacting the local Trading Standards Department. If you get no joy, do exactly that!