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Windows Genuine advantage error WGA, OMG?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Trlsmn, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Facts: I have an HP G60 I bought new originally from Costco some time ago. It has Win 7. The computer died, I bought another parts computer with a damaged screen. I swapped the screen and the Hard Drive to the parts computer. Now 6 months later I suddenly get a WGA error. I contact M$ and they say my Serial is valid and I need to contact HP. HP says out of warranty and we'll be glad to help for a price.

    What the heck?!!!! I paid for this; I'm not paying again!

    Any idea on how to proceed short of a hacked OS?
  2. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    It depends on the type of license you got with your copy of Windows. The license most likely purchased was for one computer and not transferable to a second (costs much less). If your "new" motherboard is the same as the broken one the license can be transferred. If it different yu are likely SOL unless somebody knows a hack.

    I have begin to hate all OS's with the exception of Linux:

    Windows: MS does not know when to stop changing the UI, so you have to relearn everything once you are forced by obsolescence to the next version. Licensing stupidity.They have become the Radio Shack of software, and I'm not talking about the glory days.

    MAC: Can't see paying what they want to begin with and then having to hang out with Macheads when you need to figure something out

    Android: Google already snoops on you when you use their search engine. How can you trust them when they have the back door to your system.
  3. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    A WGA error seems like it would be more MS' problem that HP's. There should be a way for MS to get you authorized. OTOH, they really want you to be SOL and forced to upgrade(?) to Win 8.

  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    The OEM license is tied to the hardware of the original laptop. It may not be transferable to another PC, as 3MTA3 said earlier. When I was building and selling generic PC's and licensed to install MS programs what I installed was more generic and would work on any PC and they were transferable. All you had to do was call MS and tell them you had transferred the license. Then only the new PC was licensed and the old one would give the errors.

    HP is not asking you to pay for Windows again, they are asking you to pay for their help since the laptop is out of warranty. Even if you do that you may have to buy a new copy anyway.

    I did a Google on the WGA error and came up with pages of help. Without knowing the exact error code I can't give much more help. Searching on the error code may give you some help.

    I've been running Win 8.1 for months now (started with the pre-release edition) on my desktop, Win 8 on the Grandsons PC and Win 7 on two of my laptops.

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  5. JVK

    JVK West Active Member

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    Just call the activiation line and explain the situation, they are sometimes lenient, or call HP too
  6. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Install any Win7 copy and use a SLIC loader. Works fine.

    Or use an OS that doesn't suck.
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    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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