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Should I upgrade to Windows 10 if I have a pirated copy of windows 7

joshuaNH 5,125 398 August 10, 2015 at 01:59 PM
My laptop came with windows 8 and I had so many problems with it I dumbed it down to windows 7 (Pirated copy)...


My question are...

The back of my laptop has the code for windows 8 but I have pirated version of windows 7 installed.

1. Should I upgrade and has anyone upgraded with a pirated version and what was their experiance.

Thanks.

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if it popped up the invite for you, you should b fine
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If you have a valid Win8 key...that means you have a valid Win10 key. You should be fine to use their upgrade software if it prompted for you.

Worst case, just factory reset the laptop or use some sort of a restore point to get back to Win8 before you upgrade.
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LOL windows 8 is so bad people resort to pirating win 7... that's sad.

Here's hoping Win 10 works out for you.
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I think Microsoft has plainly said that you can upgrade pirated copies. Even fully pirated copies where you don't have a valid code for another version like you do.

Windows is changing to a more Android like business model. They don't make money off the OS anymore. They make money off of you shopping at their app store now. So they don't care where you got your Windows copy, they just want you to have the newest version so you can shop on the Microsoft store for your apps.

So yeah, you should be totally good. Especially if you got the "You can upgrade!" pop up.
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I think Microsoft has plainly said that you can upgrade pirated copies. Even fully pirated copies where you don't have a valid code for another version like you do.

Windows is changing to a more Android like business model. They don't make money off the OS anymore. They make money off of you shopping at their app store now. So they don't care where you got your Windows copy, they just want you to have the newest version so you can shop on the Microsoft store for your apps.

So yeah, you should be totally good. Especially if you got the "You can upgrade!" pop up.
Pretty sure that they have come out and said that a pirated 7 or 8 will upgrade to a non-genuine 10. Not sure what that actually means.

From what I have seen you just get popups that ask you to register.

We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade. According to industry experts, use of pirated software, including Non-Genuine Windows, results in a higher risk of malware, fraud (identity theft, credit card theft, etc), public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions.


But back to the initial topic, it should be fine to do the upgrade. Your Windows 8 key is embedded in your bios and will likely be used for the upgrade. If it complains due to your 7 install just feed it the key from the back of the computer.
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Or....can you reinstall windows 8 first?
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Or....can you reinstall windows 8 first?
I would echo this just to be safe.

Microsoft has said publicly that pirated 7 or 8 can be upgraded to non-genuine 10. Meaning that you will be required to enter the key to activate windows 10.

The pop up will still be there, but the after installing windows 10, you will have more issues.
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LOL windows 8 is so bad people resort to pirating win 7... that's sad.
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Computer pre-loaded with Windows 8 have the product key written directly into the BIOS (OEM activation 3.0) so you should have no problem upgrading.

If activation failed for some reason, you can grab the Windows 8 product key directly from the BIOS and do a phone activation with Microsoft.

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If you have a valid Win8 key...that means you have a valid Win10 key. You should be fine to use their upgrade software if it prompted for you.

Worst case, just factory reset the laptop or use some sort of a restore point to get back to Win8 before you upgrade.
Computers preloaded with Windows 8 have the product keys written directly into the BIOS so he shouldn't have any problem.
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Chances are high that there is a recovery partition on the hard drive. I would recommend going that route and then doing the automated upgrade, then installing clean.
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Chances are high that there is a recovery partition on the hard drive. I would recommend going that route and then doing the automated upgrade, then installing clean.
I think OP already reformatted the HDD when he installed Win7. So no more recovery partition for Win8.
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Make a backup of your hard drive and attempt the update. Thats all I can say..
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