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Windows 7: recover product code from OLD system copy??

14 Feb 2014   #1

win7 32ultimate
recover product code from OLD system copy??

The story sofar,I installed Xubuntu alongside an (OEM)Win7 from a live CD which screwed up the Win7 cut a long story short I reinstalled win7 not thinking about the product key.I used a key finder to recover the key but all I got was the OEM code.
I have a very old win7 system copy can I perhaps find the product key there ???,would I have to reinstall it to do so??
I have a dektop with somewht similar problems but without an old backup,I'll ppost that separately.

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14 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

The code on the COA should work, if not the embedded code, assuming you're using the media that came with the computer.
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15 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Ubuntu 14.04 x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64

There`s no reason to install it, just run it off a cd or a flashdrive.


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15 Feb 2014   #4

win7 32ultimate

I have perhaps not made it clear Both laptop and desktop were bought secondhand with OEM win7's and at that time I was not concerned with CoA,it's only when things go wrong do you learn what you should have done,from there my question if i could recover the laptop CoA from the old sytem copy.
I am now looking for replacement DVd's.
PS just as I too late disovered that many others had problems fromusing wubi to install linux
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15 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I'm a little confused. Second hand or not your PCs should have a COA sticker.
OEM operating systems can be SLP or Non SLP. See here for a description
If your PCs are HP like your specs indicate then they should be SLP.
In this case you could attempt a factory restore. Look up the manufacturer and model on google and search for factory restore/recovery procedure. If this fails then the manufacturer will probably provide factory restore discs at a price.

You can find the key with
But if it is a standard SLP key used by the big brands it's not going to allow a clean install. Only the COA code will allow this.
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16 Feb 2014   #6

win7 32ultimate

Thanks to all who have contributed but I am going to buy new dvd's for both computers and do a clean install,neither machine is so young anymore so factory help is not really an option and it would appear from others on this forum that the original OS was xp or vista neither of which I want
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