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Windows 7: Help Installing second time

07 Aug 2010   #1
classicrock71

win 7
 
 
Help Installing second time

I bought a win 7 home prem official disk. I installed it and installed the product key given to me. Shocker it would not validate. Talked to the buyer and he sent me another code it accepted the validation.; 2 months later hard drive proplema I reinstalled but dont have the new number .... is it possible to retrieve it from my machine???


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07 Aug 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Do you still have the old number? You may be able to use it to Activate Windows 7 by Phone.
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07 Aug 2010   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can audit your Product Key from HD before you reinstall, but not now.

Why not safeguard a Win7 Prodcut key like you would a $100 currency note?

Your vendor might have a record of what key he issues since he seems to have to dole them out repeatedly.
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07 Aug 2010   #4
classicrock71

win 7
 
 

I have emailed the It person I purchased the CD from but no luck????
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07 Aug 2010   #5
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

By no luck, do you mean he hasn't responded, or that he refused to help? Both are completely different scenarios.
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08 Aug 2010   #6
Adrian

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by classicrock71 View Post
I have emailed the It person I purchased the CD from but no luck????
Good morning Classic, is the aforementioned Windows 7 disk an OEM or is it an actual vendor disk? If its a hack no dice. If its an actual Microsoft product you can call Microsoft and based on your request they will give you the authentication code. What you will provide them is the OEM code and they will tell you based on the info give them the Key.
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08 Aug 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It does sound like someone is selling hacked keys.
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08 Aug 2010   #8
classicrock71

win 7
 
 

It is an actual win 7 home prem disk not a copy. Does Microsoft have record of validation from my Ip address 60 days ago???
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08 Aug 2010   #9
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

The "genuine" thing isn't the disk - it's the COA (certificate of autheticity). Retail and OEM Windows disks (or machines with WIn7 pre-installed) are supposed to come with one. I wonder what you were sold; doesn't sound legitimate.

There are two steps to activation. The first one is entering the license key. If Window recognizes it as genuine by some internal test, it computes a code, which is what is actually sent to the Microsoft activation server. If the server doesn't like that, you may be able to activate by telephone, in which case you give that code (not the original key) either to an automated system or a human operator. You'd receive an activation code in retrun, which you'd then type in to the PC.

If you can't get Windows to accept the license key, before activation, I know of no way to continue the process.

You may be out the price of a new Win7 license. I suggest that you the new one from some source other than an "IT person".
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08 Aug 2010   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

It would be of great help to know where you purchased the disk. Was it from a local store, from a friend, from Ebay? This will tell us a lot about the problem.
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