Windows XP and 7: checking if an OEM sticker matches an installed OS

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a computer with a legit OEM sticker on it, but I suspect the installed Windows OS is from a pirate disc. How do I verify that the sticker matches the OS?
The original OS disc which came with the sticker is lost.
Thank you.
Question by:PavelTMN
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    Assumption #1:  The suspected pirate disk is not an OEM disk
    Assumption #2: The My Computer ICON properties have not been altered

    Based on this you can compare the sticker license with what the system thinks by right clicking on the My Computer ICON and going to Properties.  It should list the same license number


    I do not have access to one at the moment.
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    Accepted Solution

    You can use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder and compare the two.

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    Author Comment

    My computer's properties reveal only a product ID which is always different from a product key on a sticker.

    Seems like what I need.

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