How to check a cd key without installing ?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by garry35, Jun 14, 2012.

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  1. garry35

    garry35 Registered Member

    Jan 20, 2009
    a few years ago around the same time vista was released i bought the retail version from ebay. the seller said it was a USA version and even though i am in the UK it will be ok. not long after getting it i installed and activated no probs. but i have since bought win7 retail from ebay, which turned out to be a MSDN subscriber version and while it worked for around a month it failed authentication later and this has been confirmed by Microsoft official help line and various others.

    so i would like to know if theres anyway to check if my vista will come back as non genuine without installing the OS first, i dont want to spend a few weeks installing apps etc and imaging, only to find i have been conned again.

    thanks in advance
  2. Victek

    Victek Registered Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    There's a toll free number for the Microsoft folks who help with activation (sorry, don't have it handy). Why not call them and explain what's going on?
  3. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    Yeah, I would call MS also. I don't know the number either, but I think that's the best way to check things out and know for sure....
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