Windows activation is an embedded set of functions on all versions of Windows from XP to 8 that contact Microsoft over the Internet or by telephone to ensure the software is licensed correctly.

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Resolving “DNS name does not exist” activating Windows 8?

I am trying to activate a new copy of Windows 8 Pro. When clicking on the Activate button in the Windows Activation screen comes back with: DNS name does not exist How can I go ahead an ...
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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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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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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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Windows (ALL) OEM activation

Looking for solid confirmation on how Windows(XP,Vista,7,8) OEM can be reinstalled/activated Windows XP (Home/Professional) OEM(SLP) (Dell, HP etc.) Using GRTMHOEM_EN.iso (Generic Home OEM) ...
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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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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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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 8 activated, can't add additional features

I do not see the logic in this: Windows 8 is activated (legitimately) and yet, I can't add additional features. Why is this happening? I have reset my computer after activation, and to be honest, I ...
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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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Retrieve Windows 8 Product Key from mainboard

My new laptop came preinstalled with Windows 8. Naively, as I am, I just formatted the harddrive and installed fine old Ubuntu. Now I want to install Windows 8 for dual boot again, but I have no DVD ...
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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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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 Pro non-upgrade version won't let me activate

I went to Best Buy to buy Windows 8 and asked for the non-upgrade (clean installation) version of it. Got the software from a salesperson who said it can be for non-upgrades (and clearly has no ...
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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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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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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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Windows is complaining that my product key is being used on another computer. The license says I can do that. What gives?

I got Windows 8 from the Dreamspark Premium program with my university. The EULA states: 3.b. Installation and Use Rights. You may install and use on your devices no more than two copies of each ...
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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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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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MGADiag.exe reports Tempered Files

One day, my Windows 7 Ultimate said it's not genuine copy (but I bought it from retail channel). Then I follow the tutorials online to download MGADiag.exe to check the Windows Activation status. It ...
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Problems with Sysprep

I was on Windows 8 until sometime ago, then my HDD port broke and i had to change for something like... Ubuntu bootable live DVD, i used it to manage the creation of something smaller to get into a ...
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reinstalling vista product key

I recently formatted my laptop which came with Vista preinstalled and installed Windows 7 on the primary partition. I've now installed Vista on a different partition, but it won't activate my valid ...
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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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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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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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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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My Hard disk is crashed. How to find the win 8 key which was activated in my laptop?

I had purchased vaio VPC YA 17GG Laptop with win 7 pro. I have upgraded that 7 to win 8 with upgradation scheme. Now today my HDD crashed. I have changed the hard disk. But I don't know the windows 8 ...
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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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Windows 8 wants to reactivate with new motherboard, error 0x80070241

An HP tech had to replace my motherboard (twice within a short period, actually) and now Windows 8 wants me to reactivate. I get this error when I try to go through the activation process: What do ...
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Is it possible to save the product key of Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? I have Windows 8 activated in my system. I don't have the product key of windows right now. Now I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does creating a virtual machine from a physical Windows 8 install cause issues with activation?

It is possible to virtualize a physical disk using disk2vdh or vmWare vCenter Converter. The OS (Windows 8) will detect a change of the hardware from physical to virtual. Will it ask for activation? ...
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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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Can I change a Windows Server 2012 product key later?

Suppose I have a personal key through DreamSpark, but I'm still waiting for a company key (site licence or something). Can I install Windows Server 2012 on our dev server now with my personal key so ...
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My windows 8 recovery drive I created prompts me for “installation media” when I try to refresh/reset

I created a Windows 8 recover drive on a USB stick. I can boot from it and get to the options to refresh/reset my installation. However, after I select either option it prompts me to "insert my ...
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Windows 8 couldn't be activated: The URL is invalid [closed]

Error code: 0x80072EE5 Error description: The URL is invalid Has anyone seen this before? Is it possible to activate by phone in windows 8? I got another product key from MSDN and ran slui 3 to ...
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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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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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How can I grab license-key from my pre-installed OS and use it to activate a virtual machine?

So I'm having problems virtualizing my preinstalled OS (yes it came already installed in this laptop), and I'm thinking of giving up: just starting the virtual machine from scratch, installing ...
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Where can I download a legitimate copy of Windows 8 without having to supply an activation key? [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo Yoga 13 ultrabook and the Windows key is stored internally in the UEFI or something like that. The windows installer automatically recognizes the key during install. Here's my issue: I ...