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4 years ago
So where to download it? I find only strange links on windows site?
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4 years ago
Huh? Your win7 will self upgrade..
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4 years ago
I do not have a win7. Is there no download?
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4 years ago
https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/software-download/windows10ISO
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4 years ago
All my win7 did was declare itself pirated because i switched the motherboard.

Sigh.
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4 years ago
If you had an OEM version of Windows, that's normal since they're linked to a unique motherboard.
It's the Retail versions of Windows that allow to be installed on an unlimited (100?) number of computers, as long as they're only installed on a single computer at a time.
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4 years ago
This link worked, thank you.
Okay, other question how does M$ know I installed it on other devices?
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4 years ago
It spies on you (some form of hardware identification?) via the Internet.
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4 years ago
Yes, hardware identification. Your cpu has an ID (special instruction delivered curtosy of Intel), your disk has an ID, your ethernet and wireless cards have ID(s): MAC addresses. Combine any of them to determine the identity of a computer.
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4 years ago
I was specifically told it depended on the motherboard?
What if you change your CPU and your motherboard doesn't have an ethernet or wireless card integrated?
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4 years ago
Copy from microsofts website:
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The tools collect information such as:

Computer make and model

Standard computer information, such as your IP address, operating system version, software version, browser version, and regional and language settings

A unique number assigned to your computer by the tools (Globally Unique Identifier or GUID)

Product Key (hashed) and Product ID

BIOS name, revision number, and revision date

Hard drive volume serial number (hashed)

Whether the installation was successful if one was performed

The result of the validation check, including error codes and information about any activation exploits and any related malicious or unauthorized software found or disabled, including:

The activation exploit’s identifier

The activation exploit's current state, such as cleaned or quarantined

Original equipment manufacturer identification

The activation exploit’s file name and hash of the file, as well as a hash of related software components that may indicate the presence of an activation exploit

The name and a hash of the contents of the computer's start-up instructions file (commonly called the boot file) to help us discover activation exploits that modify this file.


And by all means, read this: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-make-your-windows-7-pc-genuine-again-after-a-hardware-upgrade/

The upshot of which is that if you made (several) hardware changes that made your copy of windows non genuine, then you need to reactivate your windows copy using an old fashioned phone call to a service centre, the quality of which varies.

Note that they can easily check whether you are still using your windows copy only on the changed hardware because each time windows update does its thing it will check your validation status. Several different hardware configurations with the same activitation key doing windows update in short intervals of time (say, a month) gets the activation key blacklisted so you can call but you will not get your copy validated again.
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Just call microsoft and activate by phone after motherboard change. If you are the OEM you are allowed to do repairs.
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4 years ago
Are you sure that works? Can you point to examples of people that sucessfully managed to do that?
(I would expect it to only work if you use the same model of motherboard, for warranty reasons...)

The issue with the "guidelines" shown above is that they are (intentionnaly?) vague, which means you're at the good mercy of Microsoft('s algorithms?) which decide whether you have a "genuine" licence or not...
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4 years ago
i did phone-activate my windows 7 copy after hardware changes (and threrefor multiple reinstalls and activations, which exceeded the "allowed" copy limit somehow) back in the day.
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4 years ago
There is no "call microsoft" button. I guess i have to call them in a non-automated way?
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4 years ago
DErankAdminmojjj : did you change your motherboard and did you have an OEM windows?

EErankAdminAnarchid : there's an automatic phone server for activation, I had to use it to activate my Retail Windows on another computer.
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4 years ago
i did not have OEM (old student MSDNAA licence) and used multiple mainboards (or you can say i installed it on 3 diffrent PC/Laptops in random order multiple times)
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4 years ago
The presence (or absence) of an automatic toll-free phone service (and the visibility of the option in window to call it) are obviously contingent on the country you are installing it in. I estimate that it is highly unlikely that they have a toll-free service in, say, Mongolia. But then again, they are everywhere so they just might.
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4 years ago
It is possible to use pirate software to make your copy forced-genuine after-the-fact.

Google or piratebay "windows loader".
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If you want to activate by phone dont connect to the internetz. Then it should popup with the phone number.
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