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Say you buy a retail copy off of ebay or something and it's new or used. Can you call M$ and give them the key to see if it's legit?
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i know if you enter the key into windows it will tell you im pretty sure. Family friends of mine got a computer as a gift a few years ago and when they recieved it, it had a non-legit windows key associated with it.
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I know that, I just didnt want to go through the whole install to find it out.
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Yeah, call.
    
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post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rangerscott View Post
Say you buy a retail copy off of ebay or something and it's new or used. Can you call M$ and give them the key to see if it's legit?

1-800-936-5700

They actually have a tool that can identify the key be it an MSDN key, Retail key, OEM, even a key for LATAM (Latin America).
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post #6 of 8
Just don't back yourself into a corner if you paid. If the key is not *already* banned, all they're just gonna ask you if windows is installed on any other computers with this key, just say no and even if it says this key is already in use, they'll issue you another. The registration system they have is crap IMO.
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post #7 of 8
Just google the first 5 characters, If its a pirated or corporate key it will come right up..
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post #8 of 8
just call them. long as key is a valid one just say you changed motherboards. activation granted
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