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  1. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #71

    I don't believe the Media Creation Tool will make a DVD directly (although it has been forever since creating a DVD for me). You have to save the ISO file, then burn the DVD from the ISO file:
    How to Burn ISO Files in Windows 10 - WindowsAble
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #72

    Correct, the MCT cannot burn the ISO itself. It does however have a link on its final screen to open your default DVD burner to burn the ISO it has just created. See the screenshot for Option One, Step 11 here....

    Download Windows 10 ISO File
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  3. PeterPan2000's Avatar
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    Windows 10 pro, 64 bit
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       #73

    Although I've closed the thread, I have one more question. While I can purchase a license for my windows OS, that won't spare other people from being a victim of the seller. At this point i see no evidence that Amazon.com (the platform on which the seller is doing business) is doing anything about my complaint, or even cares. So I've found that Microsoft has a piracy page here...

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-sg/genuine/report.aspx

    Is there anything worthwhile that would come of my reporting the situation to Microsoft? I have proof of purchase, I have the address of the actual physical storefront building the seller operates out of. Is reporting a waste of time?
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  4. Pejole2165's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909
       #74

    If you are 100% convinced that the machine you bought has an illegal copy of Windows installed on it, and I think from the information you provided and the replies you have received you are convinced, then reporting it to Microsoft seems like the right thing to do.
    Such reporting is never a waste of time, the company concerned may not seem to respond, but that doesn't make your report worthless.
    As others here have mentioned, let your conscience be your guide.
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  5. PeterPan2000's Avatar
    Posts : 58
    Windows 10 pro, 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #75

    Pejole2165 said:
    If you are 100% convinced that the machine you bought has an illegal copy of Windows installed on it, and I think from the information you provided and the replies you have received you are convinced, then reporting it to Microsoft seems like the right thing to do.
    Such reporting is never a waste of time, the company concerned may not seem to respond, but that doesn't make your report worthless.
    As others here have mentioned, let your conscience be your guide.
    Well, I let my conscience be my guide, and carefully crafted a letter to the "[email protected]" address on the above linked page. I expected an automated reply indicating they would get back to me. Instead I got a typical "This is an automated reply from an alias that is no longer monitored.", along with several links to pages explaining how to identify counterfeit MS software, MS's 'educational efforts to combat piracy, and another link to info about the "Business Software alliance".

    My personal take-away from all this is that neither Amazon nor Microsoft care enough to even offer follow up from human investigator, assigning anyone to the case. In fact they don't even care enough to update their web page to delete the email address, and remove the invitation to write to them. IMHO, the helpful folks on this forum have been way more concerned about the legal issues of piracy than Microsoft is. I further have to conclude that the reason sellers can scam people the way they did me is because they, being in the business, know the truth I didn't realize: Nobody cares!

    I guess the joke is on me, but this is the way of the world now I suppose. I will do what I need to do to protect my investment and warn other buyers from this seller any way I can. But beyond that at this point I'm DONE!

    Thanks to everyone here who at least helped me understand the nature of the exploit on my machine. At least i know enough to tell others how to immediately check their machine first time they boot it up, instead of assuming all is well as I did, and start putting major time into the machine.
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