Weekend Poll: Are you running legitimate Windows?

With the promotional upgrade offers coming to a close, Microsoft is pushing the upgrade price for Windows 8 back up to $119 (for standard) or $199 (for Pro) come February 1st. This pricing is quite a considerable change from the $40 it was previously for an upgrade to Windows 8, and it brings the pricing in-line with Windows 7's upgrade pricing.

Due to the extremely cheap price of Windows 8 this time around, it may have encouraged many users to purchase an upgrade as opposed to pirating one. Then again, an activation flaw in the way Microsoft handed out free Media Center codes was discovered, meaning many users could have gained a free, "legitimate" copy of Windows 8 with relatively little effort.

This weekend we want to know whether you're running a legitimate copy of Windows or not. Don't worry, all poll results are anonymous so we're not going to report you to Microsoft if you confess to not having a legit copy. Whatever happens in the comments though, we can't guarantee people aren't judging you.

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According to the poll results, there should be about 102 people who voted no as to running a legitimate copy of Windows.

I don't see a single one of their comments on here?

Does falsifying data on windowsupgradeoffer.com count as pirate windows.... I had an OEM license that was eligible for the $39, I just wanted to pay less.
Seeing as how the site no longer requires COA, I'd recommend everyone with shady morals to 'go legit' while it's only $16.50CAD after tax.

2 x Win8 Pro x64 via upgradeoffer.com discount.
1 x Win8 Pro x64 via $39CAD upgrade offer via Microsoft Upgrade Assistant.

By far, the best upgrade experience ever.

Running a legitimate copy of Windows 7 here.

I prefer to buy a proper license rather than try to find some dodgy way to circumvent activation.

Also if nobody bought Windows, then nobody would bother to develop it, and using Windows is a lot less hassle than trying to get Linux to work properly.

Yes, I have a technet subscription. I _am_ a developer, and I am currently "testing" to see if I like Windows 8 on 4 machines in my house.

Poll needed an 4-th option - Yes and No - people use more than one computer those days, some may have licences, some not...

at this moment in time. i think microsoft is wishing for more illegitimate windows 8 users than legitimate ones. ironic.

All of the above. I've upgraded my Windows 7 laptop to Windows 8, upgraded my XP Desktop to Vista, then pirated a copy of Windows 8 (since I barely use my old desktop anymore to warrant the upgrade, and lost my Vista key to downgrade from the Windows 8 Preview) and have a dual booting drive with Ubuntu 12.04.

You do get your money's worth. My XP pro is still going strong and now I have Windows 8 Pro
Worth every penny except for Solitaire omission on Windows 8!!!!

Gotta love Dreamspark, I got Visual Studio 2012 Pro through there for free. I'm currently downloading Windows Server 2012 as well.

neo158 said,
Gotta love Dreamspark, I got Visual Studio 2012 Pro through there for free. I'm currently downloading Windows Server 2012 as well.

Mine also included an nice Azure Cloud hosting package as well and I love it.

Nope! I have a legic CD key, but my iso is illegally aquired as I get the following error from the Windows store "Windows 8 cannot be downloaded from your country". I live in the US btw.

First, excuse me my bad english.

I was using a "alternative" copy of Windows 7. Now, I wish to buy a legitimate copy of Windows 8. However, I cant find a way to buy a full version with a good price.

Because I dont have a legitimate Win7/Vista (or maybe XP), I cant buy the cheap update version of Win8.

Can someone help me ? Tell me how I can buy an original version of Windows 8 with a good price ?

By the way, I live in Brazil and we dont get almost any promotion from Microsoft.

Thanks.

Yes - but my copy of Windows (7 Ultimate) was part of the goody bag at Tech.Ed 2009 in Berlin which is where I got it. I would have bought it I'm sure but getting it for free meant I didn't need to.

Only issue was they supplied the 32bit DVD.. so I got the 64bit Ultimate ISO from Technet and used the license key to activate it. I'd hope / assume that was legit..?

I bought Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for £14.99, of course I told a white lie and said that I bought my computer between June 2012 and Jan 2013, where in fact I bought it in April 2012, it's not as though they check when you bought the computer in the first place.

I don't see why Microsoft need to charge something silly for a product they barely support, I mean look at the Modern UI (Metro) Apps, they lack functionality and features and it's obvious Microsoft aren't in any hurry to update them to make them more usable. If they did it would be worth paying the extra but until they do why not keep it at the current discounted price.

Take Windows Vista Ultimate, it cost an arm and a leg at retail, with a small number of Ultimate extras available at launch and nothing further available afterwards, Windows 7 was the same, it's no wonder the Ultimate version was scrapped.

ive tried Vista before...and you couldnt compare Windows 8 to Vista... Vista was soo complicated that it was to extreme for hardwares....literally burning up the cpu... and the Performance and stuff in it was a no Show.. it was too prematurely made...but dont Forget how Microsoft went through alot of confusions..we were all looking Forward to Windows longhorn...seeing how it would look cool for a Change... but then we realized the sidebar was pretty darn useless..
Windows 8 is the most mature os with less bugs than ever....when xp first came out...it was a Horror for everyone... soo much bugs it was unbelieveable...but since they matured 7...they mastered 8.. the startscreen gives all the Information you Need on front page for many important things...the Performance and stability is a improvement that of Windows 7 which can not reach the mark.. even the Explorer in Windows 8 with lots of Tools makes it very professional on how to deal with things...

Windows 8 was my first bought too. I "made a trade" with Microsoft when Windows 7 was released. I "changed" my Vista license with them

Windows 7 was my first legal bought OS, and so is Windows 8.. thou i paid 200 euros for Windows 7... was worth it for a year...untill i got Windows 8 for 60 euros...and its the best!
without Windows...what good use is your pc anyway...Windows all the way Baby...

To me, buying software is a moral obligation. I teach at a University, I expect students to pay for the work I do with them giving them knowledge that benefits their future. In the same way, I feel I should pay the developers who made this Windows software that allows me to run, well, most of my life.

The only exception to my rule is extremely overpriced software like most of Adobe's products. Those I only get/update through my University's software for faculty program. I'd sooner be caught dead than paying hundreds of dollars to Adobe for software that's worth at most $100.

i saw Adobe photoshops are priced like between 400-1000$ ....its insane
but it is sometimes worth it if capable to use the full expierence..... but just to use it basically i think it would be cost of 100$ or less.. a Student Version or something...
atleast you got a nice Job teaching at a University..
live Long and prosper.

Your suggestion that Adobe software is "at most worth $100" is ludicrous. There are SO many free or low cost alternatives to Photoshop for instance, that give average users exactly what they need to get everything done. Photoshop is a VERY powerful piece of software, that I for one, use professionally all day every day. And the app I make helps to generate millions of ££/$$ in revenue. I don't think a few hundred dollars for a piece of software that gives content makers the opportunity to create something that can (and in thousands of cases, if not millions) earn millions of dollars. Student pricing on Adobe's Creative Cloud is ludicrously cheap, and even students on a very strict budget can easily afford those prices. I know, because many of my friends are students and they have purchased it, and use it with no complaint's about the pricing. If you use a Mac, and can't afford or rather, don't want to pay for professional software, go and buy Pixelmator. If you use a PC, go and check out the hundreds of alternatives, not least starting with The Gimp, which is a very capable, and free alternative. Sorry, but I do not believe that piracy is something that can have exceptions if you believe there's any moral obligations involved.

Even though I'm a student I have legit licenses for all the software I own. Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2012, Visual Studio 2012 (Got this for free through Dreamspark), Office Professional Plus 2010 x64 and Windows 8 Pro. I'm currently downloading Windows Server 2012 Standard through Dreamspark as well.

It's just not worth pirating the software I use regularly.

My Windows 7 and Office 2010 are both MSDN. I have a license for 8 that I brought with the update offer but I haven't installed it yet.

2x legit XP licenses (in use) & 1 Vista(not in use) here at home.

At work a mixture of XP & Windows 7 all, legit.

I will be upgrading my home PC to 8 at the end of the month

There's no reason to pirate windows in the 1st world. Sure, 3rd world countries find it harder to get legit copies, but in the 1st world, no one has any reason (no excuse more like) to run pirate copies of the OS.

I do not even use Windows officially but when my brother got a used laptop and asked me if I had a copy of Windows, I said no, so he was going to pirate it. I wont allow piracy to occur on my internet line and he lives in my house at the moment, and he's very low on money, so instead I just went to Windows official site and bought a copy of Windows 8 for him. I simply see no excuse to not buy an OS legally.

Spirit Dave said,
There's no reason to pirate windows in the 1st world. Sure, 3rd world countries find it harder to get legit copies, but in the 1st world, no one has any reason (no excuse more like) to run pirate copies of the OS.

I do not even use Windows officially but when my brother got a used laptop and asked me if I had a copy of Windows, I said no, so he was going to pirate it. I wont allow piracy to occur on my internet line and he lives in my house at the moment, and he's very low on money, so instead I just went to Windows official site and bought a copy of Windows 8 for him. I simply see no excuse to not buy an OS legally.


You must have tons of cash to spare then. We also don't need that WGA garbage.

I need a copy of Windows and I can't see myself spending ~£100 for a license and a disc, but that does not mean I need to pirate it. I'll either have to just take it or leave it. There's no way I'd pirate it.

Yup all 3 legit retail copies of Windows 7 ranging from home premium (upgrade), 7 Pro (Retail) & 7 ultimate (retail).

Until they jack the price at the end of the month, there's no reason not to be legitimate at these prices for Win 8 Pro. $39.99 or $14.99, can't beat that.

Even when they jack the prices, there's no reason to pirate it. It's a product that gets used all day every day in many people's cases. If they can't see how valuable that is to them and complain about a few dollars that equates to three or four night's out, but two or three years worth of use, they shouldn't be using it at all.

Depends on how high they jack the price. I personally don't private but lived through MS establishing it's monopoly. I can be ambivalent about it depending on the pricing.

No, I still think if you want a product and it's too expensive for you, you must search out an alternative. Remember, Microsoft isn't the only alternative now. You have Mac OS, Linux distro's, Google OS. None of the major use reasons to want a computer these days are OS based. Sure, some stuff is, but most people exist in an online world. If Microsoft price themselves out of the market, in this competing arena, they will simply lose customers to other companies. So yeah, no excuse. Can't afford it? Save up. That's my motto. I really want a couple of new albums, but since pay day is not til next week, I'm waiting. Some people would not think twice about stealing it. This isn't how I work. And with regards to an OS that is so important to a computer system, I believe that if you can't afford it, you should just save up for it. Let's be honest, if you don't have the money for Windows 8, you're almost certainly running a very capable OS and it's not going to stop working before you can afford to upgrade

Nope, reason is because I installed Windows 8 Pro, which I do sometimes when I feel like I'm up for upgrading, then it wiped my legitimate Asus g60vx restore partition, and my restore DVDs were in poor condition out of the box. Asus would not cooperate with me, so I reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium and loaded the OEM information stored in the SLIC to activate my installation.

Windows 7 Enterprise (legit) on my work PC, and Windows 8 Pro with MC (legit, through MSDNAA) on the laptop (which also has a legit Windows 7 Professional OEM license)

Windows 7 was $30 each, bought two copies. Windows 8 was $15 each, bought two copies. I hope Windows 9 is $7.50 a copy, going by the pattern of prices from the previous two LOL

Sometimes another OS isn't an option.
A lot of my daily applications are not there for OSX or any Linux flavor. e.g. Autodesk/Adobe stuff.

And btw, I don't get people who complain about MS, but are using an illegal version of Windows.
Isn't that a bit like complaining about your flavor of ice cream, that you didn't pay for in the first place??

You eat free food too? Surely possum road kill for $0 is a good alternative. Not that anyone actually pays $200+ for Windows...

Lord Method Man said,
I've used about every mainstream Linux distro under the sun; after using them I can say that I happily pay $200 to use Windows.

Yes, I gave Ubuntu a try last week and it was hell. Any problem you have to Google the answer. It took me a while to figure out how to install the nvidia drivers alone because the OS was full of artifacts and just slow. Then you cant just install software you have to first make sure the .sh or whatever is set to run. Open terminal, sudo the file, type in your password, then FINALLY it installs.

If you are not computer savvy, you're absolutely ****ed in linux.

Lord Method Man said,
I've used about every mainstream Linux distro under the sun; after using them I can say that I happily pay $200 to use Windows.

You must have a good salary to afford $200.

Used to through OEM stickers. Since switching to Ubuntu as my default OS 2 years ago, thinking about buying & activation for an OS seems weird. I don't think you should have to buy an OS - it should be the application & hardware developers that pay for its upkeep (both in terms of financial and maintenance).

ShMaunder said,
Used to through OEM stickers. Since switching to Ubuntu as my default OS 2 years ago, thinking about buying & activation for an OS seems weird. I don't think you should have to buy an OS - it should be the application & hardware developers that pay for its upkeep (both in terms of financial and maintenance).

you do realize also Windows comes packed with applications

Let me check... [knocking on my window glass].. Yup, very solid and energy star qualified windows.

Joking aside, Yes I am running Windows on systems.

Yep, bought 2 copies of Windows 8 ($25 each, upgrade from Windows 7), I definitely wouldn't have paid $199 though.

I bought a DSP license for W7Pro x64 for my new system, turned out to be locked to Dell systems, so I forced its activation.

The closest I've come to pirated windows was doing a clean install using legit upgrade software on a machine that was upgraded but then really needed a clean install.

I've been thinking a little about this. I don't believe I've ever bought a FULL version of windows ever. Windows 95 came with my first computer... I can't even remember which computer that was, and since then, I've been upgrading since. Why buy a full version if you've already owned windows before?

This confirms what MS and Ballmer have said repeatedly, Windows #1 competitor is pirated Windows, not OS X, not Linux.

Yes, 3 legal Windows 8 installes, one legal Windows 7 (which I never use -> dualboot with one of those 3 Windows 8 installs) and 2 Windows Phone installs, that's also Windows.

I paid for the cheap upgrade so I'm using a legal copy (again).

A few years after buying a laptop with Vista I got a not entirelly legal version of Windows 7. I didn't feel like a criminal because after two years of Vista crashes I felt like Microsoft had already robbed me of many valuable hours.

Windows 7 was great, Windows 8 is great so right now I feel Microsoft deserves to be paid for their OS again. The launch deal was too good to pass up (although I normally wait with upgrading to a new OS).

Surely this should be a poll about 'are you running legitimate windows 8?' because anyone answering for windows 7... well, it defeats the purpose of a poll to see who took advantage of a cheap upgrade offer.

n_K said,
Surely this should be a poll about 'are you running legitimate windows 8?' because anyone answering for windows 7... well, it defeats the purpose of a poll to see who took advantage of a cheap upgrade offer.

The cheap offer for an OS that is designed for tablets/smartphones, not a desktop imo.

Windows 7 x64 for most of the desktops (my personal favorite as most productive desktop OS ever), a few Windows 8, all legal. A couple *Nix desktops, legal obviously, hardly used, I get a lot more mileage out those OS's for servers. One hackintosh, rarely used, not so much.

KomaWeiß said,
I don't really see Windows as worth paying for. That's my opinion.

Then you don't deserve using it. And that's my opinion.

Jarrichvdv said,

Then you don't deserve using it. And that's my opinion.

that's fine. Then use Linux. If you find that too complicated, then you may change your mind. Some people love Linux. And you can't beat the price.

Invizibleyez said,

that's fine. Then use Linux. If you find that too complicated, then you may change your mind. Some people love Linux. And you can't beat the price.

I meant that towards the other guy, wrong quote.

Invizibleyez said,

that's fine. Then use Linux. If you find that too complicated, then you may change your mind. Some people love Linux. And you can't beat the price.

Yeah SOME people love Linux... and they never shut up about it.

When will these people understand that everyone knows about Linux, including my granny, but the vast majority just don't want it even when it's free! And we're sick of the small majority of Linux fanatics on their high horses who never shut up about it.

Just curious, what is worth paying for?

Windows (or any OS) is the most vital piece of software you can buy. Your PC can hardly do anything without one, so I don't understand how it's not worth paying for?

Especially when you can get massive discounts for being an early adopter?

Wakers said,
Just curious, what is worth paying for?

Windows (or any OS) is the most vital piece of software you can buy. Your PC can hardly do anything without one, so I don't understand how it's not worth paying for?


There's a host of other operating systems out there to choose from. Linux, OS X, Android, iOS etc.. Windows isn't the only choice (anymore).

I don't condone piracy though. If you choose to use Windows, then make sure you have a legitimate license.

ccoltmanm said,
Try installing iOS or Android or OS X on your computer at home.

Obviously they don't run on EVERY machine. So you'd have to choose a computer that specifically supports one of them. Of course, Linux can be made to run on pretty much anything. In general though, computers don't become useless without Windows installed on them... yet some people may find that OS worth paying for.

CSharp. said,

There's a host of other operating systems out there to choose from. Linux, OS X, Android, iOS etc.. Windows isn't the only choice (anymore).

I don't condone piracy though. If you choose to use Windows, then make sure you have a legitimate license.


Money is the problem. it's either food or software.

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 (Dreamspark) licensed while Windows 8 on laptop is OEM, came with it. So both legitimate.

CSharp. said,

MS can count themselves lucky to have you as a customer...

people still use xp to this day. and MS lets people use it for at least 14yrs. Your gonna try to say that $200 for something you can use for 14 years is a lot?

Colin McGregor said,

people still use xp to this day. and MS lets people use it for at least 14yrs. Your gonna try to say that $200 for something you can use for 14 years is a lot?

13 years, 365 days per year. That's (counting for 29th Februari on 2004, 2008 and 2012, and going until 18 april 2014) $0,04 every day.

Colin McGregor said,

people still use xp to this day. and MS lets people use it for at least 14yrs. Your gonna try to say that $200 for something you can use for 14 years is a lot?

I totally agree with you, but piracy helps Windows in a big way. The lack of a proper activation method for Win 8 is actually holding back it's adoption massively.

All the current activation/crack methods for Win 8 just activate it for 6 months. So people cant sell PC's with illegal Windows installs. In a place like China, this means literally millions of Win 8 PC's wont be sold. They will stick to Win 7. Then it looks like Win 8 is doing poorly, when infact it's because you cant fully activate it for life like Win 7/Vista/XP.

Colin McGregor said,
people still use xp to this day. and MS lets people use it for at least 14yrs. Your gonna try to say that $200 for something you can use for 14 years is a lot?

Maybe I misunderstood what you were saying earlier. It sounded like you'd be willing to pay whatever Microsoft asked you to. And what company wouldn't like such a customer?

I'm running a legitimate copy of Windows 8. Didn't pay for it though, and I certainly wouldn't pay $200 (although maybe $40) for it.

Colin McGregor said,

people still use xp to this day. and MS lets people use it for at least 14yrs. Your gonna try to say that $200 for something you can use for 14 years is a lot?

The people that keep using XP now, kept using Win2K way after XP was released...

Colin McGregor said,
Windows is one of the things I never pirate. The amount of use I get out of it its worth whatever MS wants to charge me.

For someone supposedly with $2 million in the bank, you better not be pirating anything, McGregor.

1Pixel said,
The lack of a proper activation method for Win 8 is actually holding back it's adoption massively.

bwahahahahaahahaha - yeah - I'm SURE thats the reason no one is using Windows 8.

CSharp. said,

Didn't pay for it [Windows 8] though, and I certainly wouldn't pay $200 (although maybe $40) for it.

I wouldn't pay $40 let alone $200 for Win8. However I am licensed for it, but i'm still using Windows 7 (also licensed) for now.

wolftail said,

The people that keep using XP now, kept using Win2K way after XP was released...


I stuck with Win2000 by choice due to XP sucking ass until SP2, or did we all forget the horrible launch of XP?

Shadowzz said,

I stuck with Win2000 by choice due to XP sucking ass until SP2, or did we all forget the horrible launch of XP?

What horrible launch? I started using XP during the release candidate phase and can't really remember any major issues. Before that, I had been happily using Windows 2000.

Shadowzz said,

I stuck with Win2000 by choice due to XP sucking ass until SP2, or did we all forget the horrible launch of XP?
The only issues with XP before SP2 were performance on low spec machines relative to 98 (but slightly faster than 2k) and security (same as 2k but massively superior to 98). This was a classic example of over-hyping the problems of the OS, only the long life of the OS meant that people eventually realised it was good and so they didn't look foolish claimed that service packs had improved things so that they could start using it.

Some 2k users heard the hype about performance and stuck with what they had no realising they were already dealing with the performance penalties of the NT kernel.
At the time I had a high spec modern laptop running 98 and upgraded to XP straight away and didn't notice any performance issues, some parts were even faster.