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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Do virtualisation snapshots confuse Windows Activation

I have a Vista guest running inside VirtualBox on an Ubuntu host. Suppose I take a snapshot, apply a patch, and then run the snapshot again (effectively the same as reverting the patch) am I likely ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Does installing the same Windows 7 copy on 2 computers deactivate the previous installation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? Does installing the same Windows 7 copy ...
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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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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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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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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 ...