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dagon1, Mar 21, 11:56pm
Hey all i bought a laptop for my child and i just thought it came with a full version of windows but it doesnt cause it come up with a warning to say it will expire on 28th march . what is the cheapest way to get another version ? can i just buy a key code or do i have to buy the whole thing cd books etc ? and im using win 8 at the moment as well so would like to get that gain :)

vtecintegra, Mar 22, 12:43am
Where did you buy it from?


newbie5, Mar 22, 12:49am
Sounds like it is not activated .
As above check with the seller.

pauldw, Mar 22, 12:51am
Is it Windows or MS Office that is expiring?

dagon1, Mar 22, 1:04am
i think im the 3rd owner . i asked the seller but they know nothing. and its windows os expiring

rz_zone, Mar 22, 1:15am
Does it have a window 7 sticker at the bottom?

dagon1, Mar 22, 1:19am
it does have a sticker on the bottom but not sure if its win 7 ? but it pretty faded and rubbed up hard to see

dagon1, Mar 22, 1:25am
i see what you mean it looks like i have to activate it . but if i dont know and cant see the code what do i do?

dagon1, Mar 22, 1:30am
i bought a new desktop with a full version win 8 can i enter that code on the laptop?

vtecintegra, Mar 22, 1:31am
You'll have to buy another copy.

May or may not be worth it depending on the age of the machine

mattnzw, Mar 22, 1:39am
Depends what OS the computer came with. If they contact the manufacturer they should be able to tell them. It is likely the COA is hardcoded into the computer, so they should then be able to get it authenticated. To install windows, they must have either had the serial number, or it was a system restore. If they contact microsoft, they should be able to gtell them what to do.

newbie5, Mar 22, 1:40am
Go to control panel and click system If your windows is activated the number will show at the bottom

dagon1, Mar 22, 1:41am
when i right clicked MY PC and went to properties it says my windows is activated ? and i have windows 8.1 pro

vtecintegra, Mar 22, 1:41am
Or (quite likely) they used a generic key that will install but not activate

dagon1, Mar 22, 1:48am
did that and it shows the code and says it is all activated ?

richardw13, Mar 22, 1:54am
You could have malware or a virus that is causing the message, and it may not be coming from windows itself. Maybe just wait until the 28th to see what happens. Or contact the seller.

dagon1, Mar 22, 2:54am
this is what im getting like whats in the pics further down the post so it looks like i need a new version grrrrrrrr
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-windows_install/pre-installed-windows-8-going-to-expire/050e26c2-f892-4de3-ab9e-6a3b071273fa

d.snell, Mar 22, 3:47am
If its a blue/green COA, then it should have win7 installed on it or possibly Vista if earlier, not win 8.1 Pro. If it's factory installed with Win 8, it will have brownish Windows 8 sticker on it.

dagon1, Mar 22, 3:58am
Yeah its blueish green . so does that mean it was upgraded to win 8.1 pro?

sanders4, Mar 23, 6:41am
Just ignore mr gates silly outtakes and use it. I have run a pirate win7 on a laptop for 3 years and at startup get the same rubbish but I ignore it and carry on regardless.

newbie5, Mar 23, 8:52am
you just have to wait a few months and you can get Win 10 for free

dagon1, Mar 23, 10:01am
what is the worse that will happen when the time comes? can it still be used?

black-heart, Mar 23, 8:22pm
Nope, it will ask to be activated before loading to the desktop screen, and you will need a key.

intrade, Mar 23, 10:18pm
why would you even want to pay for another crap operation system. bill gates is the worlds richest man because he is the best con artist ever born. that he is extreem good at. just whach the original movie the pirates of silicone valley he is the master pirate. the whole movie is absolute true in its content the scenes are out of place steve jobs book biography explains loads of the movies scenes in extreem details .
this is what went down back then and how micro bill got rich by piracy and decsption.

csador, Mar 23, 10:45pm
you could reinstall windows 8 from scratch and leave it in trial mode, and then wait it out until windows 10 gets released (as someone else pointed out) and get that for free

i beleive you can re-arm the machine once the initial 30 days runs out by running slmgr.vbs /rearm at an elevated command prompt, and get 90 days before you are forced to activate

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