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Windows 7: Can Not Activate after Clean Install

25 Sep 2010   #1
gzt7d8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 
Can Not Activate after Clean Install

I installed a new hard drive today and performed a clean install on the new drive. I followed the tip under Tutorial that mentioned not to activate during the installation. I reinstalled the OS from the upgrade version of Win 7 Professional.

Now the OS is installed, I attempted to activate my copy and received the message that it is an invalid key, can only be used for upgrading not for clean installation.

I do have a valid key, entered the key from the Microsoft email received when I purchased the product.

Do you have any suggestions how I can correct this?

Thanks Greg.


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25 Sep 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Greg,

You may need to use OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to be able to.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Sep 2010   #3
gzt7d8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

Shawn,
The instructions worked like a dream.


Thank you so very much!!

Greg
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25 Sep 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Greg.
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