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12 Feb 2013  
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

You appear to have used an Acer Recovery disk to reinstall your Compaq machine - which was constructed before Windows 7 was released, and so cannot possibly have a Windows 7 COA sticker on the case.

For which version and edition of Windows is the machine licensed, according to the COA sticker? Unless you have purchased a retail upgrade, or took advantage of the 'free upgrade' offer, that is the only Windows for which the machine is licensed, and the only version in which the Key will work.
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