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Topic # 25154 13-Aug-2008 15:03
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hello
i got the sassar worm in my laptop and it slowly but surely ate it. so i have now reformated the thing becasue the system restore wouldnt work after sassar changed the administrators password (WTF!!!!). the problem i now face is that i have the wondows cd that my laptop cam eiwth but i have lost the dam peice of paper with the verification code on it that i need to complete installation. does anyone know how to get it off the CD? or know of a location i can get a crack that will work on a comp without an OS at the moment? or know of a place i can get a hold of windows that will work without having to buy a whole new one for hundrteds of dollars? any help would be greatly appreciated. i really need this laptop for uni.

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  Reply # 156602 13-Aug-2008 15:13
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Software cracking is for the lowest of the low, so don't become one of them.

Your Windows certificate of authenticity sticker with the CD key should be on the underside of your laptop if it came preinstalled. Have you checked there yet?

Otherwise, you may well need to go out and purchase a new licence. Being a student it's cheaper than normal


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  Reply # 156606 13-Aug-2008 15:20
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The licence code will be on the OEM sticker on the base of your laptop.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 156631 13-Aug-2008 16:19
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sbiddle: The licence code will be on the OEM sticker on the base of your laptop.

Speaking of this sticker, i was asked to fix a laptop with a virus on it, and it turned out for some reason it was running a leaked XP Pro volume licence key, and therefore getting bombarded by WGA, instead of using the XP Pro key on the OEM sticker with an OEM install. Couldn't figure out why anyone would want to do this.

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  Reply # 156637 13-Aug-2008 16:41
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doing it is one thing, being dumb enough to ask questions on Geekzone about  "how" to do it is something else.... all i can say is wow.

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  Reply # 157056 14-Aug-2008 21:42
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Some slightly holier-than-thou responses, there.
While I'm in total opposition to cracks/warez etc, (indeed, they tend to be somewhat Karmic; often riddled with malware themselves) I don't see this type of response as exactly encouraging the OP to try a valid means of getting Windows working.

If it's an OEM copy, pre-installed (recovery disk) contact the original vendor of the laptop. They should be able to supply you with the code. If you have the original receipt for the computer, it may help. (And check the bottom of the case.)
If it's a full Windows installation disk, phone Microsoft.
Should one of these methods result in your having a working computer again, do a bit of reading about internet security. Especially learn about behaviour blocking/HIPS, two way firewalls, and antispyware.

Personally I think selling P, or home invasion of the elderly is the lowest of the low, though there are plenty of other unfortunate behaviours on the short list.

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