Microsoft's Activation Issue: Impact on Upgraded Windows 7 System

May 29, 2024
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I own an old laptop that originally came with Windows XP preinstalled, but the previous owner upgraded it to Windows 7. Before selling it to me, they wiped the laptop using the "prepare to sell" option. However, upon logging in after the wipe, Windows now displays as non-genuine. Despite my attempts, Microsoft refuses to reactivate the OS without payment for support, akin to ransomware demands. This situation highlights Microsoft's engagement in questionable practices to prevent software piracy. Unfortunately, the code keys for the Windows 7 upgrade are no longer accessible, rendering upgrades to Windows 10 or 11 impossible. Consequently, I am left with an unusable system due to Microsoft's activation issues. Is thereanything that I can do?

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