Windows cases. For activating other software products, use [software-activation].

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Determine Product Key Used to Activate Windows 7

I have an OEM version of Windows 7 running on a recently purchased Dell laptop. The laptop came with only 2 GB of memory but I'd like to upgrade it to 6 GB. To do so will require me to reinstall ...
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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 2008 Server Unable to activate with other methods

I'm trying to activate windows 2008 server SP2 today since the activation trial is done. I do not have an internet connection with this server so I can not activate online, and with the other ...
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Stuck at “waiting to connect” during product activation on Windows 8

I recently did a clean install of Windows 8. The product key was accepted on installation but when I start my computer it keeps telling me to "Activate Windows". I re-entered the key and it has been ...
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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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Windows 7 product key is blocked by activation server

I bought Windows 7 Ultimate from eBay around 8 months back. I got original Microsoft DVDs (for 32 and 64 bit) product sheet. To verify the genuinness, I activated the windows immediately after ...
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Windows 10 and OEM activation 3.0 (key in BIOS) for Windows 8

Windows 10 is meant to be free of charge for Windows 8 owners in the first year. I have a computer that runs no Windows at all (it runs only Linux). This computer, however, has a Windows 8 key stored ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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Windows Activation Powershell Script

I'm looking for a method to automate activation Windows 7 machines through PowerShell. We get approximately 50 computers a month and it's slowly increasing, so manual activation is no longer possible ...
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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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Windows 8.1 shows activated in computer property, but i encounter message saying 'windows will expire soon'

I have got my Lenovo Z50-70 about one month ago with Windows 8.1 Installed. It keeps flashing the message 'Your Windows will expire soon' But when I check activation status it shows me its ...
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How to activate Windows XP in VMware Player

I used a copy of Windows XP that seems to be called "modern.ie" a couple of times in VMware Player, for configuring a USB device that only has XP drivers. The host system is Windows 7 Professional ...
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Transportable Windows 8.1 installation

I have a Windows 8.1 system I need to move between two computers, without loosing activation. I have a computer at one location, where it is installed and activated. Then the hard drive is shipped to ...
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Why would my Windows XP suddenly become “not activated”?

I have a Windows XP system that has been running fine for a long time. However, yesterday I rebooted it for the first time in a while, and when it came back up, it did not let me log in to the system ...
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Where can I download a copy of Windows 8 (64 Bit) to use with my previously purchased activation key? [closed]

I just bought an HP ultrabook running Windows 8 with no installation media. I also bought an SSD hard drive. My plan was to install windows 8 on the SSD I purchased. Without any installation media ...
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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 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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Office 2010 Professional Plus Trial - Product Activation Fails

I have installed Office 2010 Professional Plus Beta trial (x64 version) from MSFT site. Every thing worked fine initially. But after I rebooted machine (Win7 x64), and started Outlook 2010, i see an ...
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Make a clone of VirtualBox Machine that doesn't cause Windows Re-Activation after installing Windows

Most guides for installing Windows on VirtualBox to act as a template for quick Windows jobs tell you to take a few steps to prepare the Virtual Machine before installing Windows (the best guide I ...
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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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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 ...
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Change Windows 8 license type in-place

Short version: I have Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition installed and need to activate it, but I only have a legal consumer-version license key. Can I "downgrade" the installed OS to the proper version ...
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How to activate Windows Embedded Standard 2009?

I downloaded Windows Embedded Standard 2009 from my MSDN subscription and built a target image. I installed the image on an HP thin client. The thin client says that I have and evaluation copy. How ...
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How can I activate windows with slmgr.vbs?

I am trying to activate a copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 through the command line. Regardless of what I try, I am unable to activate Windows except through the GUI. Things I've tried: #using slmgr ...
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Does Upgrading VirtualBox affect guest OS activation (Windows 7)

I am running a retail edition of Windows 7 as a guest OS in VirtualBox. Windows 7 activation is sensitive to hardware changes. In the case of a virtual machine, the hardware is mostly emulated. In ...
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Recover Windows 8 Activation Key after upgrade to Windows 10

I have somewhat of an interesting problem that might not have a solution, but it never hurts to ask. I am trying to find my Windows 8 Activation key that came with the operating system when it was ...
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Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V Server required reactivation when running slmgr -rearm on Windows 7 Enterprise guest

I have an evaluation copy of Windows 7 Enterprise running as a guest in a Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V hypervisor. The Win7 instance was attached to the same domain as the host. The ten day evaluation ...
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Windows 8.1 Professional DVD only installs Windows 8.1 Standard

I've just bought a genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit Full Version DVD with COA and Key I'm installing the software on a blank formatted hard drive, but when it's finished its only installed ...
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How to re-activate Windows 8 after entering wrong Windows 8 key?

I entered my PC's Win 8 pro product key into my laptop which was currently running Win 8 with the intention to switch my laptop to the pro version. I do have a full back up of the whole drive of the ...
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Someone used my Windows 8.1 key before — where should I report? [closed]

Finally I decided to go legit and for my new PC bought a Windows 8.1 (not pro) box from a well-known local electronics chain store a few days ago. To my surprise and frustration, when I entered the ...
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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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Reentering serial number in Windows 7

Does anyone know how to install a new serial on a working copy of Windows 7 - I get notified that my software is not genuine but cannot reenter the serial
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Transferring a Windows 8 license and proper un- and reinstallation

Long story short I have two computers: a laptop and a desktop computer. Both have Windows 7 on them. I buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. To see if it screws up anything, I install it on my laptop as a ...
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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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Cannot activate hibernate because of PAE on Win XP 64 bit

I'm using Windows XP 64 bit SP2. I'd like to use the hibernate feature. I'm used to activate it under "Power Options". But my current installation doesn't show me the "Hibernate" tab. I tired to ...
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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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Is it possible to switch between Windows 7 Editions?

Related question: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I am currently running Windows 7 ...
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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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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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Is Windows 8 Pro usable without activation?

There seems to be little information about the way the activation system works in Windows 8, especially for consumer versions of Windows (Core/Pro, not Enterprise). I already know that Microsoft now ...
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Can I Transfer The Windows 8 License of My Laptop to My Desktop? [duplicate]

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 ...