WAT do you mean, non-genuine Windows?
After cashing out bottles today, I stopped in to see a friend. He was having a problem with his shiny Dell laptop. I asking him why he was on a Microsoft page describing something called the “Windows Genuine Advantage.” He closed the page to reveal the black desktop of non-genuineness, with the little white text in the bottom right-hand corner: “This copy of Windows is not genuine.” I knew he’d had to recently replace his hard drive, so it was easy to guess what had happened — His original hard drive failed, taking with it, the Windows 7 restore partition. The company he took the laptop to, installed a new hard drive, and installed a pirated copy of Windows 7, a week-or-three went by, and the inevitable black screen appeared.
It’s a trivial fix (Google “remove WAT”), but it was a needlessly unethical thing the company did to him. if he hadn’t happened to have a similarly unethical friend, He might have taken the black screen problem back to the same company, who I expect, would’ve charged him to fix the problem. They should have told him straight up, about the choice between buying or pirating Windows 7. He would have likely asked how much to switch to Windows 8 — Ka-ching!
This also illustrates my dislike for restore partitions — if they’re useless in a hard drive failure, they’re useless period; how many people take the time to make backup DVDs off the restore partition? And, I see Apple has gone over to restore partitions. Good for them — bad for their customers. Click on images to enlarge them.
My beautifully decorated, and delicious dark mocha, at Waves, was instrumental in restoring my general sang froid. ►