HI! I had my laptop reformatted; I have a licensed windows vista before; I didnt realize that the tech has installed a fake windows 7..so i want to change into a licensed one, how do i go about it? can i just buy online then install it? can i install it alone or do i need tech assistance? thanks a lot in advance
The best thing you can do is buy a upgrade edition of Windows 7 then simply install it from scratch. During activation, if it fails, use the phone method and if it fails, ring the free phone number and explain that it is a laptop with a fully licensed copy of Windows Vista.
If you are a student, you can try and get the student copy of Win7 at a reduced price. I believe it is upgrade but should work. Check with your college. You can also get Office 2007 at a super reduced price.
You can possibly get an OEM version. These are white box versions at a reduced price but are not supported directly by Microsoft. Sold through places like Newegg.
You can also try and report your copy as a pirate version. Microsoft USED TO offer to sell you a legitimate copy of an OS at a reduced price. I don't know if this is the case with Win 7.
Regardless, if you aren't comfortable, have someone you trust install the OS for you.