Hard drive problem

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Jul 16, 2012

Hard drive problem by The Milkman at 2:46 AM (631 Views / 0 Likes) 7 replies

  1. The Milkman
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    So I got a old PC, and its Hard Drive has a nasty virus. However its got decent specs and all so I decided to replace my PCs hard drive with another PC of similar model. Both had Windows XP on them however... my PCs version was a pirated copy. So after switching drives I found that my PC wanted me to authenticate the copy since its a different PC and all. Accounts, Wallpapers and everything loads up like normal. Its just that Windows wont let me do anything without authenticating. Any help would be apperiated.
     
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    Do you still have the license key for your dad's computer?
     
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    Not dad, sister and yes. But the copy is already confirmed and all, it wants me to authenticate.
     
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    If its a legit and confirmed copy, you can simply call up Microsoft and they can walk you through the validation procedure.
     
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    So they have NO way of sensing if the copy on the computer before was legit or not? I dont want to take any risks.
     
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    Simply put, they pair the license key to the hardware IDs. If the hardware IDs change, it'll raise a flag. Call them up and they'll just pair the license key with the new hardware IDs. You're allowed to do this once a year (IIRC) except if you have an OEM copy of Windows.
     
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    When you call there is a 99% chance you will get some one with a heavy Indian accent, should you say the right magic words to get him to cough up the code be prepared to type in a looong string of letters and numbers. Well maybe not too long but the accent will make it feel like its way longer.

    I had a friend do this before when he had to rebuild his PC.

    Edit: This is what creates a lot of what I would call gray area pirates, they have a legit copy of windows but due to some circumstance the process of getting it into a functioning state is so convoluted they end up downloading a crack and just using it that way.
     
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    I had someone with an Irish accent the only time I ever called them. Maybe I got lucky.
     

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