Downgrade from Win7 Ultimate (pirated) to Pro (on COA)

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  1. KLF

    KLF NBR Super Modernator Super Moderator

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    The seller wipes hard drive, along goes the recovery partition that he notices afterwards. Then he remembers that there's no recovery discs made either. Duh.

    So he downloads random Win7 install disc and installs it right away. He might not know about the ei.cfg and the disc automatically installs Ultimate. Because the COA key does not work with Ultimate and seller is in a hurry, he just decides to apply some crack to keep computer working and sends it away...
     
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    agusman when the going gets weird

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    Even if that works, I would do a clean, legal install
     
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    You want to install a fresh version, clean format, no exceptions. Who knows what malware is built into whatever crack was installed on that copy of W7.

    File a claim against the seller on eBay/PayPal and document this with screenshots. They do not take lightly the fact that illegal goods are sold via their site and they will take action by forcing the seller to reimburse you for a copy of W7 Ultimate (that is, after all, what the seller sold you).
     
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    Greg is spot on. Clean install is the only way to go.

    Inspect the laptop thoroughly, you dont know what else the seller lied about

    Threaten the seller about reporting it to MS if needed be
     
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    Did seller sell W7 pro license, but installed ultimate instead?
    Or was the Ultimate Edition actually advertized and sold?

    Because... before you hang the man you should first verify he was knowing what he was doing. For some users there is only Windows 7, they don't know that it even has multiple versions. Still today some people can't tell what version they are using.

    If the seller was knowingly doing wrong, then he has no excuses and deserves everything that can be thought of.
     
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    You don't necessarily have to wipe the whole computer. You can perform a clean install that will place a new OS on your harddrive but keep all the old data. Your old programs will not work in this state though. At the very least, you'll have your old files that you can copy over to the new OS installation.
     
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