Windows XP Pirated copy...

Dell / Dell system inspiron 7720
February 9, 2014 at 09:19:36
Specs: Windows 8, 2.401 GHz Intel i7-3630QM/ 8052 MB DDR3 1600Mhz
Recently obtained an old custom-built Windows XP system that I was going to clean up and flip it off on Ebay or something. however, after poking around on it, I eventually discovered it's a pirated copy, along with some 3rd party software.

Is it safe to leave it as it is, or should I get another copy to reinstall over it? As far as I know, it's safe, and I was planning to remove all the 3rd party stuff and basically send it back to a factory install, but I'm still wary of it.

~oldie
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#1
February 9, 2014 at 10:01:46
Selling a computer with a pirated copy of WinXP on it can get you in trouble with ebay and the buyer.

Are you sure it is pirated? Did you try running Windows Genuine Advantage? Use Internet Explorer when checking.


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#2
February 9, 2014 at 10:02:26
What do you mean by "pirated"? Was an "illegal" Product Key used? Was an activation workaround used? Are you being told it's non-Genuine? Or is it one on the modified versions that have been floating around the internet for years such as the XP Black Edition? If it's just a Product Key issue, you don't have to reinstall, just change the key to a legal one.

If you decide to reinstall XP instead, make sure to get copies of all the necessary drivers 1st. They'll be much easier to identify now, just go to device manager. And if you already have an XP disk, you don't need another, all disks are basically the same except for whether it's Home or Pro & maybe which Service Pack is integrated into it. Just make sure to use a legal key so that it will activate.

Windows ISOs (& a whole lot more) can be found here: http://www.gegeek.com/documents/3DC...

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#3
February 9, 2014 at 10:05:45
Yeah, I did. I only first noticed it because it said "Registered to unknown, unknown" and then ran that tool. Came up false.

Might just install some Ubuntu on it, and sell it as an enthusiast's computer...

~oldie
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#4
February 9, 2014 at 12:40:57
"Might just install some Ubuntu on it"
In which case before doing so there is nothing lost by trying factory restore. If that backfires you can still go ahead with Ubuntu.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
February 9, 2014 at 19:32:57
Try Zorin 6.4 instead of Ubuntu. It's based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS but it's designed to be similar to Windows 7. It can also be changed to look more like XP. I've been a Mint user for a couple of years but recently made the switch.

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08032

It also has fairly low minimum system requirements: http://zorin-os.com/faq.html

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