Difference between counterfeit and genuine Operating System?

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Recently I bought a genuine window 7 and install it on my laptop but before that i use counterfeit windows 7. So far my counterfeit product seem to work well, no technical issues encounter. Some people prefer to use the fake one rather than the Genuine for some reasons, one of this is the cost of buying a genuine Os. Fake one can be downloaded and can be use to manipulate the software and activate it without paying. All the feature are similar, and I think fake one can also update windows.

I'm just wondering what is the advantage of using a Genuine OS. Does using counterfeit product may harm  your hardware or any installed software?

What are the risk the may encounter from installing a counterfeit OS?

Is it against the law?.

Please people, can you elaborate more about the difference between the two.

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Difference between counterfeit and genuine Operating System?


What is the difference between a Counterfeit Operating System to the Original?

Actually, to determine if you have the operating system and not the counterfeit operating system; the first thing that you need to find is the (WGA) also known as Windows Genuine Advantage. That helps you to see if what you bought is original or counterfeit. The issue you have is what the difference between the two is: The answer is simple; if you buy the counterfeit operating system you cannot have the updates on the operating system unlike the original operating system that has the usual updates on the programs that is installed on it. Another thing that is good on original operating system is that they have unique product codes unlike the counterfeit that always have the same product codes which causes some problems technically because some operating system requires a minimal number of times of using the product code. Oh, by the way what was the (WGA) windows genuine advantage used for: it is used to automatically validate all the Windows system that is installed on your computer; if it is already used then it tells you on the remaining number of times that you can use it then when it reached the limit then you cannot use it anymore.

The updates and new releases on Microsoft can all be found in the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update. But here’s the catch, when you use the original version of windows operating system there will be attempts to access the services that is offered on the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update, the embedded Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) that is found in the core of the original windows operating system provides information necessary for the aforementioned web portals to validate the authenticity of the windows operating system version that you use to access all of its services.  The absence of the services will make the Microsoft operating system version virtually negative and it will void to the access of the mentioned web portals.

But when it notices that you are using a counterfeit Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) process versions that is integrated in the windows operating system products, the web portals embeds a message that details the counterfeit status of your product together with the steps that is necessary to take in order to resolve the counterfeit problem.

This definitely means that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is directly embedded to the core of the latest Windows Operating System (Like Windows 7 version). This provides Microsoft Corporation on checking the validity of the Microsoft Windows Operating System which are accessing the Windows Update and Windows Download Center.

As for me, I like using the Original Operating System. I hope I helped you with this and hope that you can decide. 

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