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    Ethical (XPP SP2)

    I came across a situation earlier this week, when I was asked to look at a friends network. Computers 2 & 3 are all running WGA, but computer 1 came up with a warning that its Windows was not authentic. The friend told me that he was aware of this.
    The networking did not go, simply because when I asked him for his router, he looked at me with that deer in the headlights look and asked whats that.
    My questions are this. 1: As a Registered Microsoft Partner, what are my obligations, and 2: Should I even continue.
    I know this may sound picky, but I always try to play by the rules.
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    Re: Ethical (XPP SP2)

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    <hr>computer 1 came up with a warning that its Windows was not authentic. The friend told me that he was aware of this. <hr>
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    Did they tell you that they were aware of the WGA warning or that their copy was not genuine ??? WGA is far from 100% accurate.
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    Re: Ethical (XPP SP2)

    Both Doc. Apparently he got the computer from a relative. I noticed that there were inventory stickers on the PC as if it once belonged to a city or some such entity.
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    Re: Ethical (XPP SP2)

    Strange.... one would think that if it came from a school or office that it was part of a volume licence and as such, authentic. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

    I have friends who work for Lockheed Martin and they have offered me old PCs that the company is rotating out of service and selling to employees very cheaply or simply throwing them in a dumpster to be recycled and <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> for the taking. Many with the software still installed.
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    Re: Ethical (XPP SP2)

    Your comment about the blank stare on the router question tells me that you aren't gonna be able to help this fella without some more homework - he probably doesn't HAVE a network of computers (yet).

    And if he did have a router and a fledgling network, I've never run into the WGA problem in a situation like that, so I don't know if the "faulty" computer would fail to participate in a network setup or not.

    As for your "ethical" problem, if you mean should you play "phone cops" on the fella, I'd say no right off hand. But I WOULD strongly suggest that he contact Microsoft to see what he can do to rectify the complaining message. As you and Doc have noted, he's probably the accidental victim of an innocent situation that Microsoft could help him out with, maybe without even any money changing hands. But HE should make a sincere effort to contact MS to fix the problem.

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    Re: Ethical (XPP SP2)

    The usual question that would be asked would be whether or not there is a Windows holographic sticker somewhere on the outside of the case which gives the (Windows) Product Key for that PC.
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    Re: Ethical (XPP SP2)

    Thanks all for your comments. To elaborate: ethical problem is whether or not I should even work on it. Guess it is just me.
    1: He thought that his Comcast phone/modem was his router.
    2: No it is not nor was it my intention of playing phone cop.
    3: I did make the suggestions that he call MS and get it registered
    4: Thanks I will take a look for a sticker. I did forget to look for that.
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