Can I install a valid copy of Windows 7 over a pirated version of Windows 7?

by on March 9, 2010

Q: I have a laptop that recently had Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade installed on it from Vista Home Edition. I now find out that I have a pirated copy of Windows 7 and want to install a legit copy over that – can I?


3 Responses to “Can I install a valid copy of Windows 7 over a pirated version of Windows 7?”
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    Since the pirated version of Windows you were running may have been manipulated, you should do a fresh windows installation. That means backup your important data, boot from the install DVD and let it wipe your C drive and start fresh.

    Yes, this will take you more time to start out, however you’ll save time in the long run with improved system stability, security and reliability.

    If you were willing to bet your computer’s data and reliability that the pirated version hadn’t been manipulated you could just input a valid Windows 7 Ultimate Product Key that you purchased in the Control Panel’s System screen.

    If you purchased a different version of Windows 7 like Home Premium or Pro, you’d need to do a fresh windows installation regardless.

     
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    Thanks for your quick reply – greatly appreciated! Do I understand the following correctly:

    “If you were willing to bet your computer’s data and reliability that the pirated version hadn’t been manipulated you could just input a valid Windows 7 Ultimate Product Key that you purchased in the Control Panel’s System screen.”

    I can purchase a genuine Windows 7 Ultimate and just input THAT key without using the disc and still keep the version I already have installed? Yes, though it is a pirated copy, I know for a fact that it is not manipulated. The source, though a criminal act, can be trusted as far as that fact.

    Thanks again!

     
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    You are correct. You can just enter in the Ultimate Product key and be good to go. All the install disks are identical. Contact Microsoft if you have any activation issues.