Activating a Pirated Windows Copy with a Genuine Key.

A while a go on an Alienware that came with a genuine copy of W7 i had to re-install but i wasn\’t able to do that using the recovery disc so i temporarily put a pirated copy of W8.1 Pro 64-bit and now that i bought a genuine copy i\’d like to ask if anyone tried to use a legit key on one of those pre-activated copies? is it as simple as changing the key and that\’s it? 

If your current install is a pirated one, attempting to activate it with a valid license is only a partial fix.You really, really need to do a full wipe and reinstall. A pirated OS is a primary vector of malware.Wipe and reinstall. 

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