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What happens if your copy of Windows is not kosher?

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My brother bought a key from an OCN member who has since been banned. The key was rebuked a week or two ago and ever since the background is black and says "not genuine" or something... is that it? Is that all that happens?

What exactly are the downsides bar having a black desktop?
post #2 of 13
What version of Windows?
Sounds like XP?
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Most of the Microsoft updates and security stuff along with utilities such as VirtualPC for XP mode won't work. They all require genuine Windows.
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It's Windows 7 Home Premium X64 I believe. So, no updates as well, I didn't know that. What about critical safety ones?
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Can't change desktop, becomes annoying because there are a lot of pop ups. Might wanna read this, might help.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Genuine_Advantage

edit: I think it still updates critical microsoft updates
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post #6 of 13
Right^^^^^^^Also it will probably shut down involuntarily every so often.
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post #7 of 13
Actually I think you can do pretty much anything.
Just no windows update.
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Originally Posted by djsi38t View Post
Right^^^^^^^Also it will probably shut down involuntarily every so often.
I thought that, but apparently it doesn't.
post #9 of 13
I'm pretty sure Microsoft doesn't block critical security updates for even non-genuine versions. But you won't be able to install any non-security related updates, and certain add-ons require Genuine Windows verification.
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The random shutdowns come about a month after it's decided it was invalid AFAIK. I think that's the time lag it gives you to get a new key.
    
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