windows not geniune- bought from macmall

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by austriker27, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. austriker27 macrumors newbie

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    so i bought my macbook from macmall so they installed my windows vista and my parallels. so i did not set it all up. i think they screwed up because my vista worked fine for a while then after like a couple months this thing pops up and says that its not enuine which is smpossible b/c i bought it from macmall- i have the disk and the code thing.

    i try typing in the code to prove its authencity and it gives me an error message. i try to activate online but it gives me the same error. the error code 0x80072EFD. any help would be much appreciate,
    thanks

    ps- thanks bill for making such a copycat system that is horrible, dont expect to get ANY of my money in the future
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    If it fails to connect online, it should give you the free phone number to call Microsoft and they should be able to solve the issue over the phone.

    Parallels changes some things when you use it that may make Windows think it is being run on a different PC.
     
  4. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    try running it through bootcamp. if the error still pops up, you are likely running a trial version.
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    What version of Windows is it?

    Home Basic and Home Premium can't be run in virtualized environments, according to the EULA. (I'm unaware if this would lead to the error you received, however.)
     
  6. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    I believe that restriction has been removed from Vista.
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I remember reading that too, but I just checked Vista's EULAs. For Home Basic and Home Premium, it still says:
    You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system.
    Link (PDF)

    Perhaps they have yet to update their online files.
     
  8. pooky macrumors 6502

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    Heard on the radio today that Microsoft's verification servers are down and "they are working on it."

    So you should be able to get yourself up and running properly in a few hours/days/months when they get the servers working again.
     
  9. austriker27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it is windows vista business; so i think that should not apply
    looks like what u heard on the radio should solve it, hopefully. thanks
     
  10. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Boot Camp is not really emulation/virtualisation.

    Only the BIOS is emulated, but that is a standard feature of EFI.

    I don't believe there was ever a technical restriction stopping you from running those versions in an emulator, you were just told not to.
     
  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    True, but he's not using Boot Camp; he's using Parallels.
     
  12. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Vista supports EFI. You do not need Bootcamp to install directly onto an Intel Mac. Some people like Apple's hardware more than the OS and only have Vista running.
     
  13. clevin macrumors G3

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    Im shocked, I always thought its the other way around...

    unless you are talking about the external design, not the real stuff hidden inside, which, IMO, is, at least, no better than other PC parts.
     
  14. austriker27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes i agree, i thought ppl like the OS, cuz i sure love it
     

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