I have just purchased a second hand laptop and it appears to be running a fake copy of Vista. I am so angry and upset as I would never have bought it had the seller informed me of this.
When the laptop was originally purchased new, it must have been running a genuine OS so, if I were to restore it to factory setting, would this then mean that it would revert to running the original legal operating system?
The laptop is an HP machine.
If not is there any other way of retrieving the original OS or any other way of making the laptop legal?
I cannot afford to buy a operating system but I really need a working legal laptop and am at my wits end. I would really appreciate any advice.
There should be a sticker label on the bottom of the laptop with the COA, Op System version and a product key to use should you ever need to install from DVD instead of the Factory restore on the HardDrive. The version on the sticker will be the original one that came with the laptop.
As per wee eddie says, Why do you think that it is running a fake copy of Vista?