Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ivorito, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. ivorito macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2010
    hey just bought myself a macbook (normal, white with upgraded ram) and intending to run windows... i was intending to buy windows, but recently i have been offered a pirated version of windows 7.... what are the risks concerned with installing an unlicensed version via boot-camp? will it affect the warranty? thanks
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    You can get an OEM version of Windows 7 Home premium for $100 through The differences from the retail version are that the license is not transferable from the first machine you install it on, no technical support nor the fancy plastic box.

    I would not bother with the pirated version. It can be infected and updates through Windows update can break the install.
  3. ivorito thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2010
    Thanks for the advise :) by infected what do you mean exactly?
  4. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Depends what you mean by pirated. If it's a free license key and regular install DVD disc, there's no risk other than it might not activate. On the other hand, if you don't have a key and are using a hacked DVD or bootloader, it's basically jailbreaking the OS to bypass the license check and you might not be able to download security updates. Sometimes the pirated windows installers on the Internet intentionally come with viruses installed.

    Either way, it's not worth your time. Buy the legal copy.
  5. ivorito thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2010
    I will do. I dont want to go through all of this complicated computer mumbo jumbo ;) thanks :)

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