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switching from cracked win8 to legal copy ?

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    switching from cracked win8 to legal copy ?


    My friend is running a cracked version of Windows 8 and he got the "activate windows" watermark on the screen.

    He wants to buy a legal copy of windows 8 but he doesn't want to format and reinstall. Basically, he just wants to buy it so the watermark can diseapear.

    So is there a way to pay to register a cracked copy of Windows 8 without having to reinstall ? How ?

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    Canberra
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    Win 8 x64 Pro


    we do not offer support for illegal copies of software as it is against forum rules
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    From what I know in W7, that dialogue should give the option to actually buy and implement a new license... Don't know about 8. No such thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
    we do not offer support for illegal copies of software as it is agi8anst forum rules
    Dude, i'm not asking for support for illegal copy, i'm asking for support to legalize a software and buy a legal copy.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You may want to go to the store & buy a new copy.
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    Format & reinstall is not an option
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    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Quote Originally Posted by anarchoi View Post
    Format & reinstall is not an option
    I know you say this, but I recommend that you reformat and here is why:
    A cracked license can give you numerous problems down the road, no matter if it has been legalized or not. You don't want to have to deal with it later, deal with it now. You can backup your files for the new setup. Despite the headache, it is the route I'd choose.

    If you don't care about the risk, please say so.

    And your friend told you that he wants a legal copy just to get rid of the watermark?
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    I agree with you but it's my friend's computer and he really really doesn't want to format. He asked me to find a way to register his copy and legalize it without having to format. Basically he just wants the watermark to diseapear. AFAIK he doesn't have any other problem with the cracked version.
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    It will take you a couple of hours to install a new 8, so I do not see the problem, provided you have drivers and such available.
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    Southern California
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