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WMP 12

Hello Everyone!
I bought W7 earlier in the year. It came with WMP 12. I had an urgent job to do and could not sort out how to operate the version nor did I have the time to do it. I therefore deleted it and reinstalled WMP11, which I was familiar with.

I now find that I can not obtain WMP12 as a separate item.

My W7 was downloaded in English (presumably a "free version") I also bought a genuine W7 CD in Spanish and the Spanish CD's number was used to verify it.

If I insert the Spanish W7 CD in the computer, would I be able to extract the WMP12 off it without risking 'damaging' or compromising any of the components of the English W7 version now on my hard Drive?

If I can do this, is there anything that I should be aware of that might cause a problem when I do it?

Thanks in advance for any help in this matter.


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What 'free' version?

Windows 7 isn't free, so what Windows 7 "free" version do you mean?

Where did you download Windows 7 from?

I am locking this thread. Please reply to me using the "Report this post" link, the yellow triangle at the bottom right of my post.


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I sought advice

I offered this and your reply to my colleagues for advice

Firstly, your reply to me;

I have no idea. An English version was apparently obtained for me by the shop that sold me the new tower and the 1000Gb hard drive. They told me that they had used the number of the Spanish CD of W7 to make the installed English version verified/work or whatever is done. More than that I know not.
The installed version passses all tests for being legal - eg. installing updates etc.
I did not mean to imply that the installed English version that I had put onto my hard drive was actually unpaid for. (I wish!)

The advice I have received;

1.) The English version you have installed is definitely pirated; normally we would stop there.

2.) You have a legal Windows 7 license, which can be used for either the English or Spanish copy. That opens a door.

3.) Pirated copies are untrustworthy at best; they should never be used, even with a legitimate key.

4.) Your goal of extracting WMP12 from the Spanish DVD and installing on the pirated English copy is unachievable.

Bottom line: We recommend wiping the HDD and starting fresh, citing the security/privacy/stability risks. Note the WMP12 attempt is futile and we will relock if you7 insist on proceeding with the English copy.

We assume the Spanish copy you bought is indeed legit and not a pirated copy as well.

Mark, and courtesy of my colleagues.

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Thank you for your comments and advice.
I am seriously concerned by your revelations. I had had piracy problems with my previous XP and had to re-purchase a legitimate copy.
I assumed this time that I had gone down the 'correct' path.
This appears not to be the case.
Being a pensioner and not being particularly wealthy, I shall have to endure a period of "saving" to purchase a new version to replace this present version. (living in Spain, and not being very fluent in Spanish, I suppose I could install the Spanish CD that I have. However, this will cause translation problems. Whether it would be accepted with it's number that has been used for the present version is a matter that I shall have to take advice on).

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