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Install Windows without activation key and does not hack

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this might be pc 101 stuff, but i never really sure about it, i wonder if someone can give me a definite answer

if I install windows and not provide any activation code, and does not try to hack it or apply any hack to it,

is it still consider pirate or it is like trail??
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After the 30-day grace period (up to 120 if rearms are used), Windows will enter reduced-functionality mode: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925582
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Thats a trial, you can run Windows like that for 30days before you have to either enter a valid key or remove the software. Some people skirt the rules and reinstall the trial every 30days which is a gray area (and a hassle).

Best option? Buy a legit copy of Windows and activate it from the beginning.
 
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realized i didn't actually ask my question lolz

question is, is doing this legal
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Originally Posted by kz26 View Post

After the 30-day grace period (up to 120 if rearms are used), Windows will enter reduced-functionality mode: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925582


For Windows 7 all it does is turn your screen black and prevent you from using Genuine Windows software like Security Essentials. Microsoft doesn't care if your copy of Windows has a valid key. All they care about is that you're using Windows, they certainly aren't going to force users that haven't payed to use Linux.
    
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