question about Windows activation

March 27, 2020 at 12:09:58
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Hi guys, gals, & everything in between ;)

I have a hypothetical question. Let's say I have a friend (ahem) that works for a government agency. The IT dept for that agency has a dedicated dumpster for electronics. This friend spotted several old laptops in the dumpster. There were basically junk - dirty, cracked screens, keys missing, HDD & RAM removed, no batteries. But they still had Win7 COA labels on them so he took pics. If this friend were to use one of the keys for a Win10 installation, do you think the agency would be notified that the key was re-used?

My friend thanks you. :)


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#1
March 27, 2020 at 12:50:44
The penalties for misappropriation of Government property are quite severe. So I guess the question is do you - sorry, does your friend feel lucky?

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#2
March 27, 2020 at 14:02:07
Likely those keys are a corporate style series..., and tied to the laptop on which a given one appears? Possibly even OEM style keys too which renders them useless for any other computer? Retails are transferable...

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#3
March 27, 2020 at 16:03:26
Microsoft wants everyone to use Windows 10 so badly that they changed the rules in the fall of 2015. Win10 will accept any key for 7, 8, or 8.1 as long as it hasn't been previously used to upgrade to Win10. Doesn't matter if it's OEM or retail either. Actually, a key isn't absolutely needed but if it's installed without a key, some of the features will be locked out & you'll be nagged to activate. That might be the safest route for my friend to take until he talks to one of his IT buddies. He can always activate later.

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#4
March 28, 2020 at 02:40:26
> If this friend were to use one of the keys for a Win10
> installation, do you think the agency would be notified
> that the key was re-used?

It hadn't occurred to me that Miscrosoft might take that
particular action. I doubt it very, very, very, very much.

I can add one or two more "verys" if you like. Adverbs
are cheap, especially "verys". Even "incrediblys" are
very, very cheap nowadays. Incredibly cheap.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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March 28, 2020 at 07:34:25
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#6
March 28, 2020 at 15:05:51
My expectation is that the story is completely bogus.

I don't suppose the friend said what website it was, or what kind
of website, or what was on the website, or how he got to it?

I'd like to know if the website still exists, and what it is/was for.

What kind of business was the friend in? What city? Or at least,
what state?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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March 29, 2020 at 08:04:10
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March 29, 2020 at 11:04:56
> You can believe whatever you want

No, I can't. My beliefs are derived from observations, not desires.

If you "witnessed it 1st hand", then you work at the same place and
were nearby when "this friend had his computer confiscated" by two
strangers who claimed to be G-men. Is that correct?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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March 29, 2020 at 12:21:06
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#11
March 29, 2020 at 16:18:24
This "agency" uses State police?

Sounds like someone at the Federal level would have jurisdiction, considering it was "Russia" related. AFAIK, the Feds don't usually let things like that, even the arrest, be handled by a local authority.

Dunno, just sayin'

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#12
March 29, 2020 at 17:14:59
Sounds like a “men in black” situation - the guys who usually wear dark glasses too...

Better contact Mulder & Skully for advice on how to proceed, should those MiB re-appear?


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March 30, 2020 at 18:08:52
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#14
March 31, 2020 at 05:11:53
Hi riider

There's a bit leg pulling/chaps joshing etc. going on just now.

Don't take it seriously...

I for one find much/all of what you post here invaluable and know many others do as well.

Hang in there and keep on trukin - sorry postin...

trvlr


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#15
March 31, 2020 at 15:36:17
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#16
April 3, 2020 at 07:55:45
is the activation key can be re-used? go to eBay and buy a license for a dollar and a half and don't worry!

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