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Windows 7: Invalid product key on installation

08 Mar 2014   #1
superyutz

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 
Invalid product key on installation

I'm installing Windows 7 on a new computer and all is well till it prompts me to enter product key. I've tried and tried to enter it but I get an invalid key response every time. I'm now stuck. Any ideas on the fix or help will be greatly appreciated.....Thanks in advance.


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08 Mar 2014   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Where did you get the product key from? Are you sure the product key you have is for the same version of Windows 7 that you are trying to install?
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08 Mar 2014   #3
superyutz

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

It's in the box with the disks. I've since learned that unless I have an installed version of XP on the computer already, this version of windows is useless. I tried to reinstall the XP version I have and that failed too. Unless I can get a full version of Windows 7 to install on this virgin system I will fail. My dilemma now is where I can get a trusted full version of Windows 7. I looked on Amazon for the full version of this software and saw at least three different types. Which one should I get is now the question.
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08 Mar 2014   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What do you mean 3 different types?
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08 Mar 2014   #5
superyutz

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Windows 7 OEM, Windows 7 64 bit, Windows7 32 bit, Windows 7 full version, Windows 7 system builder. There is 2 pages of Windows 7 software.
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08 Mar 2014   #6
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by superyutz View Post
It's in the box with the disks. I've since learned that unless I have an installed version of XP on the computer already, this version of windows is useless. I tried to reinstall the XP version I have and that failed too. Unless I can get a full version of Windows 7 to install on this virgin system I will fail. My dilemma now is where I can get a trusted full version of Windows 7. I looked on Amazon for the full version of this software and saw at least three different types. Which one should I get is now the question.
Maybe the information at the following link will help;

Compare Windows 7 Editions
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08 Mar 2014   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Where did you get the Win 7 disk? Did you buy it in a store? It should have come with a 25 character Product Key. This is what has to be entered. If you are entering something else, that is your problem. == You stated in your message,
"unless I have an installed version of XP on the computer already, this version of windows is useless."
This is not true.If you have purchased a previous version of Windows that is not on any PC, you are have satisfied the requirement by Microsoft. You may then install a Win 7 Upgrade Version. You do not have to have the Full Retail Version.
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08 Mar 2014   #8
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Where did you get the Win 7 disk? Did you buy it in a store? It should have come with a 25 character Product Key. This is what has to be entered. If you are entering something else, that is your problem. == You stated in your message,
"unless I have an installed version of XP on the computer already, this version of windows is useless."
This is not true.If you have purchased a previous version of Windows that is not on any PC, you are have satisfied the requirement by Microsoft. You may then install a Win 7 Upgrade Version. You do not have to have the Full Retail Version.
My understanding of the OP's post is; he needs to have XP already installed before using the Windows 7 upgrade disk. Which according to MS is correct, you can't use a Windows 7 Upgrade to do a clean install on a fresh disk. Of course that's not 100% true, but you need to hack the registry to do so.
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08 Mar 2014   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

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08 Mar 2014   #10
superyutz

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Thanks to all responders! I bit it and bought an OEM version of Windows 7 64 bit for new computer builds. I'm no good at hackin the registry. Thanks again, all were helpful...................
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