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I did a clean formating and installation for my Window 7 Ultimate SP1 laptop using microsoft iso copy as lost the package.

I've copy the activation key from Jelly Bean software before i wipe the HDD and install a fresh win7 Ultimate SP1 from microsoft iso files. The issue is, i got error message that the activation key ...
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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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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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73 views

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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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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94 views

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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1answer
60 views

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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0answers
635 views

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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91 views

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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0answers
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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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134 views

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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4answers
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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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1answer
324 views

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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1answer
794 views

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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1k views

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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1answer
436 views

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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0answers
50 views

windows/office licenses after image capture

I am trying to create non sysprepped recovery images for individual laptops. Will the Windows and Office activation be retained after reapplying the image? The purpose of it is to spend as little ...
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2answers
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Windows 7 activation on a MacBook Pro — valid product key is “not valid”

I just installed Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. On the activation screen after I carefully entered the key on the label on the DVD case, Windows reported that my product key was not ...
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1answer
373 views

What exactly happens when activating the same windows key on two installations

I have a Windows 7 HP Key and was wondering how I would go about reinstalling my machine. The obvious way would be to just backup all data, format the drive, and install Windows anew. I explicitly do ...
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4answers
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Windows 7 Home Premium serial

I have windows 7 Home Premium , now I want to format my laptop and then re-install the same window version , so before I do that I got an screenshot of computer > properties , which is shown ...
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2answers
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Windows Product Key doesn't work on other Windows

My situation is as follows: I have three license keys for Windows: (A) 1 Windows 7 Professional (B) 1 "Microsoft Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32/64-bit (German) - DreamSpark" (C) 1 ...
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1answer
366 views

Windows “not genuine” after entering several commands

After entering these commands: bootrec.exe /FixMbr bootrec.exe/FixBoot bootrec.exe/RebuildBCD bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup c: cd boot attrib bcd -s -h -r bootrec /RebuildBcd My windows claims ...
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1answer
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Does Windows Impose a Performance Penalty For Not Activating Windows With a Product Key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 activation period Does Windows 7 impose a performance penalty for not activating Windows with a Product Key? Let's say you have a very old installation of ...
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1answer
511 views

Settings to revert when activating Windows 7 after the 30-day grace period?

When activating Windows 7 after the 30-day grace period (i.e. after the screen turns black), which settings do you have to revert manually? So far I have only noticed the background image and the ...
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2answers
1k views

can't activate windows 7 with windows 7 service pack 1 key

I installed windows 7 without service pack 1 and now, when I'm trying to input service pack 1 key, I get an error. Can I activate it when I simply install service pack 1 or I need to reinstall it from ...
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1answer
447 views

How can multiple people use the same Windows 7 key in Virtualbox VM without having to activate?

We have a .VHD of a Windows 7 installation that was just converted from a physical machine. We copy this to our local hard drive, and then load this .VHD into Virtualbox and run the Windows 7 VM from ...
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2answers
2k views

No COA provided with OEM version of Windows 7 that I purchased. What to do?

I bought a sealed copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to install on a computer I am building. When I opened the package there was no Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or activation code. Is this ...
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2answers
263 views

Can I recover my windows activation key, after a fresh install?

I recently reinstalled by copy of Windows 7, wiping the partition it had previously been on. I assumed (falsely) that the activation would carry over. Is there a way to recover this key? What else ...
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4answers
1k views

Will Windows fail activation on a new hard drive after previous hard drive failed

I have a failing hard drive which won't boot, that has Windows 7 Home Premium installed. I have a replacement hard drive on the way. My question is will I run into problems trying to install Windows ...
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3answers
11k views

OEM Product Key from Product ID?

I re-installed my Windows 7 installation and I am being asked for the Product Key. But alas, stupid me, I had jotted down the Product ID and not the actual Product Key. Unfortunately, I lost the ...
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1answer
1k views

XP Mode under Win 7 Professional: Windows Activation Update failure despite activated Windows

I am trying to install Windows XP Mode from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx (the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool has given me the green for proceeding) ...
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1answer
8k views

Switch Windows 7 Pro to Ultimate

While I was waiting to receive a new Windows 7 activation key for a system I was working on, I installed the anticipated version of Windows 7 (I converted my Windows 7 Ultimate disc into a flash drive ...
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3answers
3k views

Is it possible to use Windows 7 64-bit key on 32bit simultaneously?

I have my laptop which got Windows 7 64-bit OS. For development purposes I have installed Windows 7 32bit on VirtualBox on same laptop. Is it possible to use same key for 32-bit OS on VirtualBox ...
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1answer
88 views

Windows 7 activate after renaming

Do you need to re-activate Windows 7 after it has been renamed? The machine i'm talking about is a pc that is connected to a domain (at work). Or is this not necessary?
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How to Activate Windows 7

I can't figure out that my Windows is genuine or not. I have key but I can't find from where I can activate it. I have done this so many times in past but this time I can't find any thing at 'My ...
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1answer
248 views

Windows 7 kms activation

I have been preparing for a Windows 7 migration in a couple of schools and have prepared loads of images that are set for KMS activation. I have just realized that on the unattend file for all images ...
2
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1answer
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Windows 7 product activation failed, but the previous activation code worked — is there anything to worry about?

Alright, so there was a few reasons that made me have to reinstall Windows 7 onto my machine. I am running on a Lenovo Ideapad Y480. When Windows 7 was reinstalled, it asked me for my product ...
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5answers
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Making a cracked or activated windows uncracked

I have a PC which has windows 7 license but I installed windows from an image I downloaded and it is already activated. For validating genuine Microsoft, I need to enter my own product key but the ...
0
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0answers
146 views

Win7 activation

Yesterday the computer asked me to I activate it, because "more hardware changed"... No one of them changed really, the last hw changing was in the last year in this notebook. What I did? I don't ...
2
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2answers
3k views

Windows cd-key not authenticating after reinstall

after my ssd crashed, I has to reinstall my windows, then I reentered my windows 7 64bit SP1 from MSDNAA and it says: "a problem ocurred. Error 0xC004C020" How should I proceed?
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1answer
690 views

Windows 7 OEM Licence activate by phone

Our company has just bought 10 Windows 7 machines. We created an image, sysprep'd and then used the image on one of the other pc's. We used the licence on the side of the box. Windows then started ...
0
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1answer
503 views

Windows 7, activating MAK or KSM key at home, is it possible?

someone sold me a windows 7 enterprise and gave me MAK and KSM key. So I wonder if I can actually activate it at home and which key to choose? what do you think?
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3answers
18k views

How do I re-activate Windows 7 after Windows has decided it is no longer genuine after an update?

Windows just recently decided that it was no longer genuine and it keeps telling me that I need to re-activate. However, the dialog that pops up asking me if I want to make it genuine seems to crash ...
0
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3answers
405 views

My Win 7 desktop crashed.Will I be able to install Win 7 on my laptop and have it activated?

I have a Win 7 Home Premium retail installer which I installed on my desktop. But my desktop crashed 2 days ago (mobo problems) and I want to install Win 7 on my laptop. I understand that my Win 7 ...
0
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1answer
731 views

How can I revoke the activation status of my (personal) Windows 7 dual-boot on my corporate laptop?

I've got a work laptop with the usual corporate ugly SOE on it that only half-suits my purposes. I got all clever and decided to dual-boot into my work SOE or be able to boot into my own personal ...
2
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1answer
4k views

What is restricted in Win7 Reduced functionality mode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 activation period I've got a copy of win7 ultimate which I installed on my newly built PC. 2 Days later, the SSD I was using as a system drive failed. I've ...
3
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2answers
491 views

Does Windows backup require reactivation?

I have an activated windows 7 installation on a HDD atm that I want to move to a SSD. I want to use the Windows backup function but I'm not sure about a few things. Do I have to create a bootable ...
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1answer
382 views

My copy of Windows 7 is no longer considered valid. What are my options? [closed]

I can't seem to locate a phone number for Microsoft that doesn't involve paying $25. This is a legal copy of Windows I previously used on another machine, that I now want to apply (only) to this ...
3
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2answers
10k views

What is a preactivated version of Windows 7 (Ultimate)?

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. And I'm considering an online upgrade purchase of Windows 7 Ultimate. The site's description of the product reads: "Microsoft ...
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0answers
304 views

When does plug and play detection occur in the sysprep process?

I am working on a Windows 7 image for my organization. We use a Token based activation package which requires installation during audit mode. Here is my process On my Master computer: Using our ...