How can I make pirated Windows 7 legal?
January 4, 2011 12:06 PM Subscribe
I have remote staff in a dozen different countries, and many of them have installed pirated copies of Windows 7 on organizational laptops. We're trying to make sure all organizational computers are using legal licenses. What's the best way to do this?
posted by drycleanonly to technology (8 answers total)
I'm a dunce who uses a Mac and doesn't understand how to explain this properly, nevermind do it. This whole process is kind of confusing to me.
I'm using TechSoup Canada to order software. When it comes to Windows 7, I have access to Windows 7 Professional Upgrade. I also have access to ordering XP Professional and Vista.
If members of my team are running pirated Windows 7, can I order the Windows 7 upgrade and have them just use the new license key? Or will they have to revert to Vista or XP and then install the upgrade? If that happens to be the case - that they have to revert & then upgrade - how can I make it easy for them?
I'd like to find the simplest solution to getting them all legal, since I'm dealing with distance, language barriers, and my own technical ineptitude.
Help, and thank you!