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Windows 8.1 With bing activation

Yesterday i bought a acer switch 10 and i want to install a clean copy of windows 8.1 to it. There is a product key in the UEFI bios and windows should take the key from it but i tried to install Pro ...
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Windows 7 activation failed, legal product key was used (HP 840 G1 laptop / clean install)

Problem Valid product key is not accepted after clean reinstall. What could be the reason of that and how to pass activation process ? Goal install & activate "clean" windows 7 professional ...
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Install my own copy of Windows 7 Retail on a Lenovo PC with BIOS-based license

I have acquired a Lenovo PC. Whatever OS was installed is long gone, the hard drive is totally wiped. I plan to install my own (legitimate) copy of Windows 7 x64 Retail. The BIOS seems to have some ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro unable to open 'PC Settings', 'Windows Store', Windows Activation, or any Metro app

A few days ago my old system died, so I moved the hard drive into a new system (one and then another, actually, as I was trying to piece together the best system from old spare parts). Of course, it ...
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Is it possible to reinstall and activate Win 8 for other account?

This might be a stupid question but I couldn't find answer anywhere and I want to be sure before I do something irreversible. I'm selling my computer with Windows 8 which I have bought and activated. ...
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Windows 8.1 - How to Activate Multiple Machines

So, I work for a company that recently purchased around 50 HP slim line desktops (System Model: HP EliteDesk 800 G1 USDT). Each machine has Windows 8 already installed. The machines ...
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Windows 7 “no longer genuine” after cloning failing hard drive to new hard drive with Norton Ghost

I have a laptop. Every time it booted, Windows 7 popped up an error message stating that the hard drive had reported a fault and that it should be backed up. I cloned the drive using Norton Ghost to ...
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Downgraded Windows 8 to Windows 7 - Activating with license stored in BIOS? [duplicate]

I'm having a few issues regarding a downgrade I am attempting. I've recently bought a Lenovo M30-70 from our supplier, this laptop came with Windows 8 Pre-installed. I've installed Windows 7 on the ...
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Embedded product key never used and invalid

I have the very unpleasant task to try to get a new Lenovo laptop back on track after its recovery partition was corrupted and (of course, that would be too easy otherwise) there isn't a recovery ...
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clean/fresh installation on new windows 8.1 pc

i just got a new lenovo ideapad y510p laptop with preinstalled windows 8.1. as soon as it arrived, i tried to do a clean (fresh) installation. however, there was no key sticker on the laptop and none ...
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Change Windows Activation/License back to a trial

I need to convert a Window 7 installation on a VM (which is licensed and activated) back to a trial. What are the steps to do this? REASON for this (since one of the comments has asked): Need to ...
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Is it possible to disable the 'Activate Windows' screen that appears in Windows 8 at a particular interval of time?

After the installation of Windows 8 I was unable to activate it, because of this at a regular interval of time the 'Activate Windows' screen appears. Is there a way to permanently disable this ...
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Converting a VM to Hyper-V, can't get past Windows Activation dialog

Note: this is not the standard "Windows Activation Hell" question where the user gets stuck in a loop. Background: I keep an old VM with XP and Office 2003 on it, to support an elderly couple who ...
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Have a legitimate Windows 7 license and the Windows 7 key but don't have the DVD [duplicate]

I just booted up my 'old' PC that's been lying around for the last two years. I have Windows 7 on it and I'm looking to format the drive and do a fresh install of W7. I have the key for Windows 7 in ...
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Can I Transfer The Windows 8 License of My Laptop to My Desktop?

My sister asked me to fix her Sony Vaio VPCCW23FX which she had recently installed Windows 8 Pro. However, that model is not compatible with Windows 8 and is having problems. We restored it to the ...
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Converting Windows 8.x Enterprise into Pro so I could activate it and use at home

Is there any possibility to convert Windows 8 Enterprise to Pro edition so I could normally activate it? I used Enterprise 90 trial version which has been expired. Now I want to legally buy a ...
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Activating Windows 7 from WinPE recovery disk

Currently I am creating a Windows PE image in order to perform some common tasks outside of the actual operating system (as a recovery disk). A few of the tasks that this image will be able to perform ...
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Resintalled Windows 8.1 and it won't activate

I have a BizSpark license, and have installed Win 8.1 on a few machines. Recently I reinstalled 8.1 on two machines using the same ISO, but different keys, and it's telling me that windows cannot be ...
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What is going to happen if I activate oem windows on two computers?

What if I activate oem os with a key on a computer and after do the same on another? What will be displayed on the firts computer, which one will be blocked?
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Windows 8-7 downgrade, reinstallation and gpt partitions

I recently purchased 2 Acer Travelmate B113 11" laptops for use by our SMT guys when going abroad but have run into some problems. They came with Windows 8 pro downgraded to Windows 7, preinstalled ...
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Windows Server 2012 is telling me it's not activated when it is

I have a Windows Server 2012 Machine were I need to do some development. The machine is a Hyper-V VM. I activated it with a valid key and restarted the VM. After it booted up again, I went into system ...
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Why is Windows telling me my product key is invalid because it contains zeros?

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 8 on my main machine, and after downloading the installer, it asked for my key. I looked inside the "System" screen in control panel, which listed my key. However, ...
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I'd like to have a clean installation of Windows 7 to clone for future 'fresh starts' - will this cause activation issues with current installation?

FYI, I bought Windows 7 in the box with an official license key back in 2009. Every so often I like to do a full reinstall just to get a fresh start on my computer. I was thinking that it would be a ...
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Can Windows 8/8.1 Full Version be used to upgrade Windows 7 install which has lost its product activation?

tl;dr: Can I buy a Windows 8/8.1 full version disk and use it to upgrade a Windows 7 computer without losing all my programs even if that Windows 7 install is saying it's not a valid copy of Windows ...
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Confusion on the Windows 7 activation process

I purchased a laptop couple of years back with Windows 7 Home Professional 64 bit pre-installed on it (OEM). Few days back I had to format my entire hard drive and reinstall windows. I followed this ...
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Retrieving OEM-SLP key from OEM Recovery DVD

I have a number of HP ProDesk 600 G1. I use Windows Deployment Server (WDS) to deploy a custom image to these machines (effectively removing HP bloatware) and I'm trying to find the OEM-SLP key. I ...
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Windows 7 Activation

I sent a Windows 7 Pro x64 system to a colleague that I thought was completely configured but it turns out it wasn't yet activated. When he booted the first time it came up with a registration screen ...
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Is a Windows 7 license key country specific?

I am specifically interested in Retail versions of the OS. I have read this question and this question on the site, but they are both quite old, so I was wondering if anything had changed in the ...
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What hardware changes in Windows 8 determine you need a new license key / to re-activate? [duplicate]

I've seen similar questions but none that directly answer this in cliarty and detail. I have a few windows 8 systems that I purchased stand alone copies of the OS for. I now want to upgrade these ...
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Disable XP's “Days Left for Activation” Notifications

I am a web developer and most of the websites I work with still require Internet Explorer 8 support. I prefer to run the Windows XP virtual machine available at http://modern.ie/ for Internet Explorer ...
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Windows asks me to activate my product key – what do I have to do?

I downloaded a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to my computer. Now there are messages popping up saying "activate your product key". What should I do now? All my Microsoft programs title bars has ...
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Installing Windows 8 without the key

I have a Sony Vaio Pro laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 8. I wiped the disk and now I don’t have the original system left any more. For my misfortune, the laptop didn’t have a Windows ...
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Windows 8.1 activation with windows 8 key [duplicate]

I formatted my PC and installed Windows 8.1 32-bit evaluation copy (which is a 90 day trial). Now, to activate Windows 8.1, can I use my Windows 8 activation key? If possible, please provide ...
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batch check if windows 7 is permanently activated

I need a simple command in batch to check if windows 7 is permanently activated ( no kms activated) for example: If windows 7 is permanently activated echo cool else ...
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How can I check the number of days remaining in my Windows XP free trial period?

I've extended it with a command in Start -> Run twice or three times, already. I got a message saying that I have 7 days remaining, but I can't remember how many days ago that was.
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Unable to activate windows

When I right click computer, click properties, then click activate now I get the following error message: The Windows 7 Product Key you typed is invalid for activation. I already typed the product ...
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My Windows 7 suddenly said it wasn't genuine any longer

I have a laptop with Windows 7 as the OS. Suddenly today, the screen became black with a message stating "Build 7601, this copy of windows is not genuine." I got this laptop a few months ago from ...
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Reverting an activated Windows 8 Toshiba laptop to Windows 7

I have just acquired a near new Toshiba P50 laptop. These PC's allow the user to choose between W7-64 and W8 when they are first switched on. The previous owner has chosen Windows 8 and this reports ...
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Does Windows 8 Have Limited Duration Licences?

A family member bought a new laptop for personal use with Windows 8 preinstalled. It had been working without issues for the past two months or so, but has now started displaying warnings about its ...
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Reinstalling OEM Windows 7 Without Original Disc?

My grandfathers 2 year old Dell laptop recently suffered a hard drive failure. I purchased a replacement hard drive and installed it for him. Unfortunately no Windows disc was provided with the ...
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Word pretends to save files, not really saving them

The following oddity has just occurred: one of our users has worked for many hours on a Word document, saving continuously. The document was open all the time, and she didn't close it until it was ...
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Moving the Windows 7 Pro OEM image to computer with the same hardware

We bought 8 clean computers (even without HDD) with the same hardware and bought eight Windows 7 Pro OEM disks. Now I prepare one Win7 installation without activation but with all required programs, ...
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“broken” windows xp after disc replacement

I had Windows XP Pro OEM installed on my machine. The disk was failing so I cloned it to a new disk (larger one). Now Windows said that the hardware has changed significantly and I need to ...
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Switch from VOLUME_KMSCLIENT to RETAIL channel

On my laptop I had Windows 8 Pro KMS activated, then I intalled WMC, which changed it to RETAIL channel, so I don't need KMS I repeated this on my desktop, which was VOLUME_KMSCLIENT and I thought it ...
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rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk on another drive

I have a win XP machine that its disk is about to die. Cloned both partitions it help using clonezilla. Now when I start windows from the new disk I get: Since windows was first activated on this ...
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Licensing Windows Server 2012 in virtual machines on non Server 2012 host

Summary I am getting messages from my virtualised Windows Server 2012 machines about them not being activated or the product key is already used on another machine. Detail Though my university I ...
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Alternative way to register or activate Windows 8

I am having issues entering the product code in a newly installed Windows 8 workstation. It does not allow me to enter the product code in the activation centre, it just gives this omitted random ...
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no OEM certificate found in windows 8

i want to clean install win 8 on my new lenovo, i have heard that OEM key is stored in the bios and is automatically applied on a clean install. so i decided to save the OEM CERTIFICATE using a ...
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What happens after you leave Windows 7 inactivated? [duplicate]

It seems that there is a sequence of events that happens when you leave Windows 7 inactivated. First, you get tooltips in the tray that say "This copy of Windows is not genuine, click here to activate ...
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I have to activate my win8 pro whenever I connect to the internet

Four months ago I bought Windows8 Pro and activated it. I have had no problems at all until a few days ago: every time I connect to the Internet a notification by the Action Center pops up and ...