A friend gave me his Product Key for activation

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  1. Amarildo-Jr

    Amarildo-Jr MDL Novice

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    #1 Amarildo-Jr, Nov 24, 2014
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    Hello,

    A friend gave me his Windows 7 Home Basic product key so I could activate this edition of Windows on my PC. I could activate successfully! But I need to know something.
    I think the key is OEM, so is it true that Microsoft will check if the key pairs with my hardware after, after a few days that I activated? Or it wouldn't even activate?

    BTW, I have a DVD another friend gave me, with all the editions of WIndows 7, and that's where I "test activated" it. It doesn't contain SP1 so I'm willing to install Windows via the Official ISO as you never know what might be inside other people's install medias. Will the Key work on SP1?

    Thanks!
     
  2. oldsh_t

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    If your friends key is legit, either you or your friend will get shut down at some point.
     
  3. Amarildo-Jr

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    But he doesn't use that key anymore, he bought the Ultimate edition :eek:
     
  4. Mr.X

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    #4 Mr.X, Nov 24, 2014
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    Fine, but that OEM key is tied to a certain hardware, in this case, your friend's computer. In other words that key can't be used on any other pc or laptop.
    Use Windows Loader instead found here at MDL, and avoid any issue with activation.
     
  5. oldsh_t

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    #5 oldsh_t, Nov 24, 2014
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    Well you may have a chance but I dough it. The key has already been used and M$ knows it. It can't be used again.

    Mr.X beat me to the punch
     
  6. Amarildo-Jr

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    But how can't be used again if I successfully activated it?
     
  7. Mr.X

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    It can be successfully activated your copy of Windows but once again this type of key is OEM. This key was assigned for your friend's computer at the factory and once again is tied to that specific machine.
     
  8. Amarildo-Jr

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    So what are the consequences? I'm thinking if it wasn't going to work then it wouldn't even activate, but I know nothing about this.
     
  9. Mr.X

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    As you already ask, Microsoft could check if the key pairs with hardware. But any other consequences? I really don't know.
     
  10. Amarildo-Jr

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    Thanks! :D
    Guess I'll have to find out how long it will take them.
     
  11. oldsh_t

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    Good luck!
    It may take a day, it may take a month, or it may take longer. But rest assure it will happen so be prepared.

    In the mean time get a clean copy of Win7 and the Daz loader, both from here at MDL. You will need them in the future.
     
  12. CaptainKirk1966

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    #12 CaptainKirk1966, Nov 24, 2014
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    If it is an oem non-slp key, and was never before activated, you will be fine. Microsoft would have no hardware signature to compare it to. If it was activated before, I expect your activation would have failed.

    If it is retail, you will also likely be okay. Check key type with the Ultimate PID Checker.
     
  13. Mr.X

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    Interesting this info. Thought the OEM already had sent hardware signature at the factory stage...
     
  14. CaptainKirk1966

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    I doubt it. I have used non-slp keys from COA stickers on machines that they were not intended for. Sometimes it works, sometimes it requires a phone call.
     
  15. Mr.X

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  16. Amarildo-Jr

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    Would it help if I posted the bar code here and some other info? I'm on Linux and I can't test that PID checker.

    Here's what he's told me (aside from the key itself):

    "X00-00000 The version that came with the computer"
    "00000-000-000-000 the bar code"

    PS: I exchanged the numbers with 0's.
     
  17. Amarildo-Jr

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    I don't think Home Basic is sold in the EU. I'm in Brazil, so is my friend.
     
  18. CEW

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    I expect Home Basic is sold in the EU.

    I have no idea what they do in Brazil, I would be very surprised if it is different. That is what "buying" means. EG when you buy a car, it is yours. You can give it away or sell it. You could just sell parts of it if you like.

    Software is the same. Any attempt to prevent you reselling something you have bought is "restraint of trade".

    If you have any difficulty with your activation, ring MS on the toll free number for your country, tell them it is only on ONE machine.
     
  19. Amarildo-Jr

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    Well I have a copy of the "Consumer's Defense and Protection Code" right by my side but would take me a few hours to read it again. For what I recall, once you agree to the terms you're bound to them; altought in some cases it may be illegal, for instance in cases where the contract is abusive.
    Nonetheless, I don't think any law would protect me if this key is actually bound to other hardware (which I don't think it is).

    If Tito is from Brazil and he's having a look at this thread he might comment on it.